Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services added coverage of behavioral counseling for obesity in a group setting to the Medicare benefit for obesity screening and counseling. Code G0473, face-to-face behavioral counseling for obesity, group (2-10), 30 minutes, was added to HCPCS for use in reporting these services to Medicare. Because the US Preventive Services Task Force has given a grade of B to screening and comprehensive, intensive behavioral intervention for obesity in children 6 years and older, this service is included in the preventive services covered at no out-of-pocket cost to patients covered by most health plans. However, private payer and Medicaid policies on coverage and billing for obesity counseling in a group setting may vary. In considering the provision of group behavioral counseling sessions for obesity, physicians should review the specific payment policies for coverage and limitations (eg, visits per year, bundling with preventive medicine service...

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