Embedding Lifestyle Medicine Coaches on the Clinical Team
A decade ago, Massachusetts General Hospital launched an innovative primary care practice, including an embedded health and wellness (or lifestyle medicine) coach. Breaking new ground, coaches have worked with thousands of patients and the team has published two peer-reviewed papers on significant positive results for coaching of patients with pre-diabetes and obesity. As of January 2020, CPT codes for health and well-being coaching are available for services delivered by a coach who is a nonphysician health care professional certified by NBHWC or NCHEC.
This session will explore the hands-on experience of the MGH clinician/coach collaboration to support patients in successfully changing health behaviors. We will also describe the path to national rollout and reimbursement of coaching services in clinical practices, led by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Board of Medical Examiners which has been responsible for physician licensing examinations since 1915.
- Explore the national standards and certification of health and wellness coaches led by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
- Describe the new CPT codes for health and well-being coaching services and the case for reimbursement.
- Distinguish the role of a clinician and a coach.
- Describe the physician/coach collaboration, handoff and workflow based on a decade of experience.
- Share published research results in obesity and pre-diabetes.
- National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach shares guidelines for marketing of coaching-services, session protocols and notes, in-person vs virtual format, processes, outcomes and continued follow-up.
Price $60 members | $80 non-member