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Preventive Services: Extension of Moderate and Intensive Multicomponent Intervention Visits for Obesity


The purpose of this document is to establish criteria for determining when moderate and intensive, multicomponent intervention visits should be extended beyond the standard limit of 12 visits per annual benefit period.  Examples of moderate and intensive multicomponent interventions include, but are not limited to, diet and nutrition counseling, management activities such as setting weight-loss goals, increasing physical activity, addressing barriers to change, self-monitoring, and lifestyle counseling. 

The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found adequate evidence that multicomponent, moderate- to high-intensity interventions for obese children and adolescents age 6 years and older can effectively yield short-term (up to 12 months) improvements in weight status. The USPSTF also found adequate evidence that intensive, multicomponent interventions for obese adults can lead to an average weight loss of 4 to 7 kg (8.8 to 15.4 lbs.) in the first year. These interventions can also improve glucose tolerance and other physiologic risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improve long-term health. 



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