Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act would allow for qualified health care professionals, typically Registered Dietitians, to bill directly for their Medical Nutrition Therapy and Intensive Behavioral Therapy services. Increasing access to qualified healthcare professionals helps to reduce the cost of treatment and increase access for obesity treatment provided to Older Americans. This is a clinically appropriate and cost-effective piece to the puzzle in tring to increase preventive care in our health care system. I think it is important to ensure that Medicare patients have access to the best possible care at a fraction of the cost.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
The Preventive Services Task Force found that intensive behavioral therapy carried out for obese patients by Registered Dietitians led to clinically significant weight loss, greater weight loss and increase in exercise. With the obesity epidemic costing our nation $210 billion annually, this is an immensely important issue.
Advocating for our services from the platform of public policy is what will shape the landscape for nutrition services decades from now. I urge my fellow RDs to log in and help support this bill, as coverage issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid often trickle down to becoming standards of care within the industry.