Insurer and employer views on pediatric obesity treatment: A qualitative study

S. E. Hampl*, A. M. Davis, M. L. Sampilo, K. L. Stephens, K. Dean

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Abstract

Objective: The effectiveness of group-based comprehensive, multidisciplinary (stage 3) pediatric weight management programs is backed by a growing body of literature, yet insurance coverage of these programs is scarce to nonexistent, limiting their reach and long-term survival. The objective of this study was to better understand the perspectives of insurers and large employers on the issue of group-based treatment coverage. Design and Methods: The authors performed a qualitative study utilizing structured interviews with these stakeholders, following accepted techniques. Results: Six major themes emerged: cost, program effectiveness, corporate social responsibility, secondary parental (employee) benefits, coverage options and new benefit determination. Conclusion: Future efforts to secure payment for group-based pediatric weight management programs should address these key themes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-799
Number of pages5
JournalObesity
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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