If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, help is available for losing weight. Find out your BMI through the use of the calculator online or check with your physician. One counseling session a week will be paid by Medicare for six months and if you have lost at least 6.6 pounds during the six months you can get six additional monthly sessions. These sessions are covered under Medicare Part B and there is no copayment or deductible if a qualified practitioner in a primary care setting is conducting the sessions. The code GO447 is used to bill Medicare. If you do not lose 6.6 pounds you have to wait six additional months before Medicare will cover another attempt at weight-loss. (Taken from the AARP.org September 2012 bulletin.)
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