Medicare Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity: Who, What, and Why - RD181

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

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.5 / 1133 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.50 CPEU)

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.
Dietitians: 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 7020, 7090, 7190, 7200 and performance indicators of 8.1.5, 10.1.1, 10.2.6, 10.2.8. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

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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Sally C - Lebanon, PA  ·  Mar 08, 2020
Great information! Learned a lot
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Kimberly F - lancaster, PA  ·  Feb 25, 2020
Great info, great ideas, very valuable info for medicare patients,
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Shelby B - Dallas, TX  ·  Dec 02, 2019
I would have appreciated less info on the causes of obesity as this is something I'm already well educated on. I would've liked more emphasis on the medicare compliance aspect of it.
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Lindsey H - Atascadero, CA  ·  Sep 29, 2019
Very informative about the obesity epidemic and who gets reimbursed.
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JoAnn N - Detroit, MI  ·  Jul 31, 2019
Interesting to note how Medicare can reimburse for Obesity
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Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00