I understand your wanting to assist your patient, however if you choose to bill the insurance, you may bill only the level of service supported by your documentation. You can choose not to bill, and see the patient pro-bono, but you still have to document the care.
If the reason the patient is being seen is for treatment of his morbid obesity, then that's the diagnosis you must give. It's never a good idea to code a different diagnosis just to secure payment.
Not all payers deny claims for an obesity diagnosis, but it would make sense for you to have the patient check their benefits. Some payers recognize that if patients get their weight under control, then they are at less risk for other conditions, and they're starting to pay.
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