In a recent decision memorandum by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (CAG-00423N), CMS determined that potentially lifesaving and risk reducing preventive services for Obesity could only be furnished by primary care providers in the primary care setting (i.e. MDs, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians' Assistants). Interesting that all these practitioners are also part of the care team for surgical /obesity patients or patients treated with pharmaceuticals. None of them qualify as nutrition experts.
December 2011 Archives
It will support people with obesity to receive nutrition counseling from qualified professionals.
I recently received an interesting e-mail from my "Aunt Rosemary." It is something I thought you would enjoy reading. It speaks of friends, and I will add family, as our "Vitamin F. " It resonated so much with me.
I am grateful for the variety of friends i have that come from all walks of life in their work, education, economical backgrounds, and locations where they live their life around the globe. I have met and remains friends with people known internationally, nationally to those known and not known locally. We are all fortunate to have the capacity to be open to these connections that enrich our lives, touch our hearts and help us know more about our souls and where we fit in this world.
On this blog, I especially want to thank you, my blog friends, many of whom i do not know, for continually following my writing, and contributing to the success of the blog. This month the numbers were over 1,500 visits, and over 3,000 pages reviewed. ( I always plan to send out a weekly blog. Sometimes it is a little later than that :)
Here is a copy of the e-mail, with a few minor personal changes:)