Medicare Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity: Who, What, and Why - CHES181

Medicare Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity: Who, What, and Why

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.5 / 185 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.50 CECH)

Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00


Your patients are coming to you for help with obesity. They are desperate and do not know where to turn. Do you have the skills or the program to help them successfully lose weight and keep it off? While there is no consensus as to what constitutes “successful” weight loss, we do know that a weight loss of 5% to 10% improves health. To help provide patients with personalized plans of care and intervention strategies, healthcare professionals need to understand how to help people manage obesity, while taking their individual situations and needs into consideration. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun reimbursing providers for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity, but many healthcare providers are unsure how to handle it.


The goal of this course is to educate healthcare providers about the causes and consequences of obesity and provide them with the tools necessary to implement a Medicare-compliant program for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity. After studying the information presented here, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the scope of the obesity epidemic, its causes, and consequences for the person and society
  • Identify the Medicare-required components of a program for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity
  • Assess medical, diet, lifestyle, and readiness-to-change information gathered from clients and use that information to develop an individualized treatment plan

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.

Course Originally Released on: 2/26/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/17/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/17/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Sandra L - Kapolei, HI  ·  Mar 19, 2020
Important information. I will definitely apply to my work
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Matilde N - Long beach, CA  ·  May 05, 2019
excellent course, definitely recommend
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JUAN C - Raleigh, NC  ·  Sep 07, 2018
Good familiarization.
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Donna G - Hodges, SC  ·  Mar 27, 2018
I thought it very informative for my patients and for myself. I will definitely use this to prepare for my own weight loss.
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Sondra O - Orlando, FL  ·  Feb 06, 2018
It was easy to follow. It's nice to have the Medicare guidelines right there to follow.
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Price: $30.00
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