Lack of time and reimbursement are common reasons why obesity goes
unaddressed in the healthcare setting?


ICD-10 codes for obesity
treatment are available. In
fact, Medicare recognizes
HCPCS code G0447 Face-to-Face Behavioral Counseling for Obesity.

See the full list of codes

G0447 must be billed along with one of the ICD-10 codes:

Z68.30-Z68.39, Z68.41-Z69.45


  • E66.0 Obesity due to excess calories
    • E66.01 Morbid (severe) obesity due to excess calories
    • E66.09 Other obesity due to excess calories
  • E66.1 Drug-induced obesity
  • E66.2Morbid (severe) obesity with alveolar hypoventilation
  • E66.3 Overweight
  • E66.8 Other obesity
  • E66.9 Obesity, unspecified


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The Take 5 Challenge is meant to inspire you to have a productive conversation about obesity in ways that will support patients and change practice. Take the challenge and pass it on.

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5 Reasons to Address Obesity

1. Chronic weight management is complex.
Weight loss is not solely about personal responsibility. Patients’ genome, adversity they may have experienced in childhood and their environment may all play a role.1

2. Obesity is common.
Two out of three patients seen by healthcare providers may have excess weight or obesity.

3. Obesity is treatable.
Comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based guidelines to treat obesity include behavioral modification, pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery.  Click here for Guidelines

4. Obesity is a chronic disease, requiring a life-long, comprehensive care strategy.
Weight loss and regain is a common metabolic cycle experienced by those with excess weight.

5. Modest weight loss can go a long way.
Helping patients lose as little as 5% of their weight can result in improvements in joint pain, diabetes, hypertension and other related diseases.2

Likewise, people living with obesity, their loved ones and caregivers, must feel free to initiate conversations with physicians that result in action plans that will help patients meet their weight-loss goals. 

1. National center for health statistics, 2012.
2. Jensen MD. 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the management of overweight and obesity in adults. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013.

5 Questions to Ask Your Patients


It’s time to break the cycle and discuss excess weight with your patients. Here are tips and starter questions that can help you initiate a conversation. It is important to assess if a patient is ready to take the next step in addressing his/her weight. To do so, one of the best things you can do is listen

1. Encourage the conversation during a patient visit for obesity-related symptoms.
You mentioned symptoms, such as fatigue and aching knees, which may be related to excess weight. Would you like to talk more about this?

2. Assess if the patient is ready to take the first step.
Would you consider making changes to improve your health with my support? There are many options and programs that can help you achieve your weight-related goals.

3. Set realistic expectations.
Carrying excess weight is not a personal failing. Modest weight loss can greatly improve your health, but the process can take time. Let’s talk more about what you can realistically expect. What are your weight loss goals?

4. Address feelings of failure regarding weight and inability to maintain weight loss.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. Losing weight and sustaining weight loss is challenging. What do you feel are your biggest challenges?

5. Incorporate cultural and lifestyle issues.
Let’s work together to find a strategy to help you lose weight and keep it off. How do food and activity play a role in your life and your traditions?

Your Colleagues Can Help You

Obesity specialists are available for referral and can help you learn more about providing comprehensive obesity care to your patients.