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My Weight, My Way

Health Quality Innovators (HQI) is looking for primary care clinicians in Maryland and Virginia who would like to join the My Weight, My Way project that helps implement intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) for obese Medicare patients. As a participant, you will benefit from free technical assistance,  training and promotional material and any other on-site or virtual support. HQI will also provide  assistance with patient identification, outreach and data collection.

The My Weight, My Way project is fully funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to encourage the delivery of IBT to Medicare beneficiaries who meet the criteria for obesity (BMI > 30). IBT is a fully reimbursable service which can be delivered in a group or individual visit, and a patient can receive up 22 visits per year with no out-of-pocket costs.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recently given a “B” recommendation to offer or refer patients with a BMI greater than 30 to “intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions.” The task force recommends the service because there is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial. A “B” recommendation is the second highest strength of recommendation.

For more information about My Weight, My Way, contact Jennifer Hayes at jhayes@hqi.solutions.

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