Severe obesity is an increasingly prevalent condition with costly associated co-morbidities that account for 10% of total annual healthcare spending in the United States.
Opportunities for savings
A conservative estimate of net savings from national implementation of the CERC model is $38 billion.
Safely reducing annual per capita spending
The key elements of the model include:
- Improving the probability of successful treatment through risk assessment and selective use of psychotherapy
- Creating individually tailored weight loss plans using low-cost health coaches
- Engaging participants in long-term (two to three years) stepped-care using low-cost information technologies