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What is the Healthier Generation Benefit?

Until recently most healthcare professionals have been unable to work with families around the prevention, assessment, and treatment of childhood obesity. That has changed with the launch of the Healthier Generation Benefit.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation convened the AAP and the American Dietetic association along with leading insurers and employers to offer comprehensive health benefits to children and families for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

 What is the benefit?

Eligible children have access to at least four follow up visits with his or her primary care provider and four visits with a registered dietitian per year, through the Healthier Generation Benefit. These healthcare professionals will work with children and their families on how to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What employers and insurers are participating?

The Alliance is collaborating with some of the nation’s leading employers and insurance companies to offer the Healthier Generation Benefit to consumers. Having access to the benefit enables families to work with their primary care physicians and registered dietitians to achieve lifelong health.

  • Health insurance organizations offering this benefit include Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Highmark Inc., Humana, and WellPoint.
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Owens Corning and Paychex are examples of some of the employers participating as customers of Aetna.
  • Accenture, Leviton, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, PepsiCo, and Weight Watchers have also joined with the Alliance to offer these benefits.
  • William J. Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association offer these benefits to their employees
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Tools, Resources and Webinars:


Care Coordination Resources
The following materials were designed by the a team of experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association, to help support primary care providers (PCPs) and registered dietitians (RDs) provide comprehensive and coordinated weight management care for patients and families. Although these materials were developed as part of the Healthier Generation Benegfit, these resources can be helpful to any primary care practitioners and registered dietitians who wish to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care to patients who are overweight or obese.

Materials include:


Webinars
The Alliance has collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association, and our industry signatories to develop a series of webinars to inform primary care providers and registered dieticians about the Healthier Generation Benefit (formerly, the Alliance Healthcare Initiative).

These webinars are available free to PCPs and RDs and offer 1 hour of AAP CME credit and 1 hour of ADA CPE credit (CPE credit pending).

Minimum Performance Level for Physicians:  Per the 2010 revision of the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) and credit system, a minimum performance level must be established on enduring material and journal-based CME activities that are certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  In order to successfully complete these enduring materials for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, learners must demonstrate a minimum performance level of 80% or higher on the post-activity assessment, which measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objectives of the activity.   

Receiving Credit: 

Your answers to the post-test will be reviewed and participants with a passing score will receive a certificate via email to claim CME credit through the AAP via www.pedialink.aap.org  or CPE credit through the ADA.   

  • A passing score for registered dietitians to receive CPE credit is 5 correct out of 7 total questions.  
  • A passing score for primary care providers to receive CME credit is 4 correct out of 5 total questions. 


Participants who did not receive a passing score will be notified and may retake the webinar again to receive credit.  

Establishing and Maintaining Effective Registered Dietitian and Pediatrician Teams: 

 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia:

Prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood obesity: Closing the gap in provider reimbursement for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia members 
Live webinar presented on November 29, 2010 | Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Eastern

 

Aetna Inc:

Prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood obesity: Closing the gap in provider reimbursement for Aetna members 
Live webinar presented on November 30, 2010 | Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern

 

Highmark Inc:

Prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood obesity: Closing the gap in provider reimbursement for Highmark members 
Live webinar presented on March 30, 2011 | Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Eastern

 

Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan:

Prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood obesity: Implementation of CDPHP’s comprehensive health benefits
Live webinar presented on May 13, 2011 | Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Eastern

Humana Inc:

Prevention, assessment and treatment of childhood obesity:   Closing the gap in provider reimbursement for Humana members
Live webinar presented on August 24, 2011



The Launch of the Healthier Generation Benefit (formerly called AHI)

Alliance Healthcare Initiative Announced
February 19, 2009

President Clinton
From left to right: David Tayloe, Jr, MD, FAAP, AAP President; Lisa Latts, MD, MSPH, MBA, FACP, vice president, programs in Clinical Excellence, WellPoint, Inc.; Former President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation; Don Bradley, MD, chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Tim Gardner, MD, FAHA, president of the American Heart Association and medical director, The Center for Heart and Vascular Health at Christiana Care Health System (DE)


 

View portions of the press conference on 2/19/09 announcing the launch of the
Alliance Healthcare Initiative.

 

Read press release

Read David Tayloe, Jr, MD, FAAP speech

View an in-depth TV interview with Dr Marc Jacobson of the Academy's Obesity Leadership Workgroup

 

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