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Childhood Weight Management Pilot Project 

12/5/2013 

AppleChildren’s Hospital Central California is participating in a pilot project to address weight issues in children. The 12-month pilot will test a new model for delivering and financing weight management services in the primary care physician (PCP) office, with the goal of reducing the body mass index (BMI) of participating children by at least one percentage point.

Patients must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • age 2 to 12 years
  • resident of Fresno or Madera counties
  • BMI percentage from 85 percent to less than 95 percent
    currently enrolled in a Medi-Cal-managed care plan (Anthem Blue Cross or CalViva Health)

Organizations in the pilot with Children’s include:

  • California Health Collaborative
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • CalViva Health
  • five PCP sites, which include two federally qualified health centers and three private pediatrician practices, for a total of nine physicians participating

Physicians began enrolling patients in September and will enroll up to 20 children each.
Over the 12-month pilot, as many as 180 participants will visit their physicians for:

  • an initial visit
  • two-week follow-up
  • three-month follow-up
  • six-month follow-up
  • 12-month follow-up

Both health plans have agreed to pay for all five visits.

Each patient and his/her family will also visit regularly with:

  • a registered dietitian to provide education and direction regarding diet and nutrition
  • a community health worker to manage care between physician visits (funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente)

For more information, contact Tim Curley, director, community and government relations, Children’s Hospital Central California, at 559-353-8610 or tcurley@childrenscentralcal.org