Optimizing an Obesity Medicine Practice

Anaheim, CA

Date: October 12-13, 2022
Accreditation: 12.5 CME/CE and 12.5 Medical Knowledge MOC Points (ABIM)
Schedule: 
Wednesday, October 12 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST*
Thursday, October 13 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST*

*times are subject to change

This track will focus on utilizing best practices in an obesity medicine practice. Topics covered will include transitioning to an obesity medicine practice, patient-centered engagement, utilizing common office-based diagnostic tests, building an obesity treatment network in your community, as well as billing and coding obesity medicine visits. The track is intended to deliver practical tools that can be applied in every obesity medicine practice.

Schedule on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

All times displayed in Pacific Time (PT)

  • 12:00-1:00 PM - Transition from Primary Care to Obesity Medicine: Are You Ready for a Change?

    Speaker

    Aparna Chandra, MD, FOMA

    Description

    The presentation will educate the attendees on how to decide on a transition from a primary care medical practice to a full-fledged obesity medicine practice. It will enable the primary care physicians contemplating obesity medicine the much-needed insight into jump-starting their weight loss practice. The talk will focus on tips on navigating the set-up process and capital investment and, most importantly, warn them about the most common mistakes.    

    Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the fundamentals of starting an obesity medicine practice 
    2. Recognize how and when to make the transition to an obesity medicine practice 
    3. Highlight the value of obesity medicine, the lifestyle, and remunerations 
    4. Discuss the cost involved in starting and running a weight loss clinic 
    5. Discuss the do’s and don'ts when deciding to transition to an obesity medicine practice 
  • 1:00-2:00 PM - Within Your Four Walls

    Speaker

    Debbie Horn, DO

  • 2:15-3:15 PM - Lessons Learned from a Family Practice Perspective

    Speaker

    Christina Huynh Nguyen, MD

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Discuss how to combine obesity medicine visits within a family medicine clinic (scheduling outline, visit layout, follow up visits, EMR note templates, etc.) 
    2. Learn how to incorporate obesity medicine into a bariatric surgery center to create a multi-disciplinary team under one roof (shared resources--dietitian, behavioral health specialist, physical therapist, clinical pharmacist, indirect calorimetry, body composition scale, etc) 
    3. Introduce an overview of the processes to achieve the MBSAQIP Obesity Medicine Accreditation 
  • 3:15-4:00 PM - Opening the Door with Motivational Interviewing

    Speaker

    David Macklin, MD, CCFP

    Description

    Discussing obesity with patients can be challenging. Motivational interviewing (MI) is and effective way to initiate, sustain, and move forward with obesity treatment. This session will focus on practical tools for using MI to enhance patient engagement and goal setting in obesity care 

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Identify practical components of MI in obesity care 
    2. Utilize MI techniques when discussing obesity management 
    3. Apply MI to develop patient-centered obesity treatment goals 
  • 4:15-5:15 PM - Building an Obesity Medicine Network in your Community

    Speaker

    Christopher Weber, MD

    Description

    Creating a network within your community can be a valuable resource as you increase the presence of obesity medicine into a practice. There are a variety of ways to offer your patients top notch care, and that all doesn’t need to happen under one roof. This session will discuss the variety of relationships and network that you can build to provide more access and better care for your patients. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. Discuss how to develop relationships with community groups to improve access to obesity treatment  
    2. Learn how to partner with healthcare providers to develop a comprehensive obesity treatment network 
    3. Identify valuable partnerships including advocacy, marketing, research, and student / resident education 
  • 5:15-6:15 PM - Welcome Reception

Schedule on Thursday, October 13, 2022

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  • 8:00-8:45 AM - Integrating an OM Practice into an Existing Surgical Program: "How To"

    Speakers

    Teresa Fraker, MS, RN, CPHQ, CBN

    Mahtab Ahmed, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    Matt Christophersen, MD, FACS

    Description

    This session will focus on the integration (how, what, why, etc.) of an obesity medicine program into an existing bariatric surgical program including the ROI assessments, clinical pathway development and obesity-specific standards as it relates to the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) that an obesity medicine physician medical director would need to be familiar with.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Verbalize the return on investment (ROI) principles for which to communicate the need of adding obesity medicine to an existing surgical practice. 
    2. Describe the various clinical pathways for both pre-surgical and post-surgical patients in a fully integrated community-based hospital environment. 
    3. List the applicable Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) standards that apply to obesity medicine. 
  • 8:45-10:00 AM - Lessons from a Large Academic Combined Practice: Pearls and Pitfalls

    Speaker

    Angela Fitch, MD, Stephanie Sogg, PhD, Megan Mirgorodsky, RDN, LDN

    Description

    This session will review the evolution and organizational development of over 20 years of operation of the Massachusetts General Hospital multidisciplinary weight center. Gain an understanding of how operational and weight center set up has changed overtime to enhance the patient and provider experience. This session will provide best practice tips from a variety of members of the care team from within the hospital system.  

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Gain understanding of multispecialty operations from the experience of a dedicated academic weight center 
    2. Learn new tools for delivering high quality patient care 
    3. Apply experience to other clinic settings 
  • 10:00-10:15 AM - Break
  • 10:15-11:15 AM - Practice Models for an Obesity Medicine Practice

    Speakers

    Angela Fitch, MD and Craig Primack, MD

    Description

    Deciding on your practice payment model is one of the most important and challenging questions when starting an obesity medicine practice.  In this session, Dr. Primack and Dr. Fitch, will relate their experiences in both the private and public sectors. Topics will include practice models as an obesity medicine specialist in private practice in, a bariatric surgery practice, a State health department, and a VA Medical Center.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Discuss different practice models for an obesity medicine practice 
    1. Evaluate the pros and cons of the practice models 
    1. Develop practical applications to meet the needs of different obesity medicine practices 
  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM - Marketing and Branding Your Obesity Medicine Practice

    Speaker

    Carolynn Francavilla, MD, D-ABOM, FOMA 

    Description

    Whether a medical practitioner is adding obesity treatment to an existing medical practice or opening a new obesity medicine practice, a successful business requires effective marketing. This session will focus on building a solid marketing foundation for your obesity medicine practice. You will identify the strengths and weaknesses of common tools for promoting your obesity medicine practice. You will learn to use tools to promote you practice in both the general community as well as your medical community.  

    Learning Objectives

    1. Distinguish between different marketing tools for promoting your practice
    2. Learn how to evaluate who your target patient is 
    3. Apply cost-effective tools for creating successful online marketing strategies for your practice 
    4. Utilize tools for effectively promoting your practice within your medical community 
  • 1:00-2:00 PM - Update on Billing and Coding in Obesity Medicine

    Speaker

    Jeremy McConnell, MD 

    Description

    There have been many changes over the years in regards to Billing and Coding within Obesity Medicine. This session will provide an overview of what you need to know directly related to obesity medicine services. A variety of different codes for obesity will be discussed and how to appropriately use them in your everyday work. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. Provide an overview of billing for obesity medicine services 
    2. Discuss billing according to evaluation and management terminology 
    3. Review use of preventative services counseling codes for obesity 
    4. Review use of Medicare Intensive Behavior Therapy codes for obesity 
    5. Discuss use of Medicare Chronic Care Management codes 
    6. Introduce the use of remote patient monitoring in the setting of obesity medicine 
  • 2:00-3:00 PM - Shared Medical Appointments: Understanding the Essentials to Successful Group Visits in Obesity Medicine

    Speaker

    Tiffany Lowe-Clayton, DO 

    Description

    There are multiple options you can offer your patients in regards to how they receive their care. This session will review how and why shared medical appointments are important in an obesity medicine practice. Understand the role that shared medical appointments play in a practice and apply what is learned to incorporate them in your work.  

    Learning Objectives

    1. Define shared medical appointments and identify mechanisms which demonstrate how they work in an obesity medicine practice 
    2. Discuss the benefits and challenges of incorporating shared medical appointments into a busy practice 
    3. Identify current guidelines for billing and coding of shared medical appointments 
  • 3:00-3:15 PM - Break
  • 3:15-4:45 PM - Tools of the Trade

    Speakers

    Kong Chen, PhD, MSCI

    Chiadi Nudemele, MD, PhD

    Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC 

    Description

    When evaluating patients with obesity, there are certain tools that obesity medicine specialist can use to better assess patient status.  This session will discuss the use of 3 common components used to assess patients with obesity. A metabolic analyzer can help identify patients with a reduced resting metabolic rate which can make weight loss more challenging.  There are unique EKG changes in patients with obesity and certain EKG changes play an important role in pharmacotherapy decision making. Body composition is an important metric for both initial assessment and continued monitoring to assess fat and lean mass.  Participants will identify the strengths and limitations of bioimpedance and DEXA scans and how to apply them in obesity treatment. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify options for measuring resting metabolic rate
    2. Discuss the role RMR can play in obesity treatment 
    3. Describe the unique changes found on the EKG in patients with obesity 
    4. Recognize abnormal EKG finding that can influence obesity treatment choices 
    5. Compare and contrast bioimpedance and DEXA for the measurement of body composition 
    6. Utilize body composition analysis in obesity care 
  • 4:45-5:00 PM - Tools of the Trade Q&A

    Speakers

    Kong Chen, PhD, MSCI

    Chiadi Nudemele, MD, PhD

    Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC 

    Learning Objectives

    1. Discuss key takeaways from the Obesity Practice Tools Lecture lectures  
    2. Ask specific questions about managing obesity and evaluating patients with the use of the 3 common components used to asses patients (metabolic analysis, EKG analysis, and body composition analysis) in a Q&A panel with faculty experts. 

     

  • 5:00-6:30 PM - Opening Reception

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