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Anthem Blue Cross Takes BMI Training Virtual with New Online Capability
Date:10/1/2009

assess new HEDIS quality measures for childhood obesity. In a landmark announcement, the NCQA announced new 2009 HEDIS measures which include BMI and nutrition and physical activity counseling for children and adolescents.

"The fact that Anthem's efforts have contributed to shaping policy on the use of BMI as a standard HEDIS measure helps validate our efforts and demonstrates that we are leading the way to providing our members with access to quality care to help them lead healthier lives," said Sareen. "We know that physicians play a pivotal role in the fight against obesity and we continue to focus on our goal to provide them with innovative solutions to address obesity related prevention and management," she added.

In addition to the new online BMI training program, over 2,200 primary care physicians in Anthem's Medi-Cal network received an updated version of its original 2005 Childhood Obesity Toolkit introduced when the program was launched. Among the items included in the updated toolkit is a pediatric and family-medicine authored Continuing Medical Education (CME) Bulletin on childhood obesity developed in partnership with the national American Academy of Family Practice Physicians (AAFP), educational materials for families and, Anthem's Kids in Charge of Kalories program information.

Although recent events endorsing BMI measurement in helping to combat childhood obesity is positive, Anthem continues to find new ways to ensure the topic of childhood obesity remains relevant and a standard part of primary care practice, especially in light of the sobering new national and state studies indicating that obesity continues to be a major health concern for adults and children alike.

"To address childhood obesity, the assessment of a child's weight must become a central component of every doctor's routine," said Central Valley pediatrician Aftab Naz, MD. "BMI is a reliable, cost-effective method of m
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