Date: April 21-22
Accreditation: 9.5 CME/CE

Practice Management Essentials will focus on how to get started with an obesity medicine practice. The content is intended for physicians recently certified in obesity medicine, as well as other primary care or specialized physicians, NPs, and PAs who have the clinical obesity medicine knowledge but want to successfully set up and run an obesity medicine practice.

During Practice Management Essentials, identify coding patterns for obesity encounters through case scenarios, and understand the role of accurate ICD-10 coding to optimize insurance reimbursement. Sessions will also review strategies for expanding your obesity medicine team, optimizing the virtual visit, and building a solid marketing foundation for your obesity medicine practice.


Schedule on Wednesday, April 21


12:30-1:30 PM - Effective Weight Loss Program in Employer Based Clinic with Limited Resources

This session will center around establishing an employer-based obesity treatment program. The program will describe how a solo or small group practice can utilize OMA resources to enhance patient care. The four pillars (nutrition, behavior, physical activity, and pharmaceuticals) of obesity treatment will be converted into user-friendly tool for patients. Discussion will include ways to track and quantify patient results.

  • Identify the unique characteristics and needs of employer-based weight management programs.
  • Review the basics of energy metabolism during weight loss and weight maintenance.
  • Apply OMA resources in a clinical practice for weight management.
  • Develop data management skills to track patient outcomes.

1:30-2:30 PM - Expand Your Obesity Medicine Team with Frontline Lifestyle Therapy

This presentation will discuss developing and optimizing a team-based approach to obesity treatment. This session will uncover the evidence-based principles needed for long term-behavior change by implementing and leveraging non-physician providers to drive outcomes, reduce provider burn out, and provide practical applications that you can bring to your practice today.

  • Identify what lifestyle therapy is and why it’s proven to work for patients with obesity
  • Review current limitations of clinical practice
  • Describe a care model for integrating lifestyle medicine into clinical practice that allows for expanding the care team in a cost effective, integrated manner
  • Demonstrate practice utility using case-based examples

2:30-2:45 PM - Break

2:45-3:45 PM - Evaluating A Practice

Buying or selling a medical practice is a life-changing event which affects not only the practitioner who is buying or selling a practice, but also family members, friends, co-workers, and others. This session will examine the essential components involved in evaluating an obesity medicine practice being considered for either sale or purchase. The presentation will include practice valuation, important due diligence, the components of buy-sell agreement, locating a buyer or seller, and identifying a competent team of advisors familiar with medical practice transactions.

  • Identify essential practice transaction advisors
  • Recognize essential elements of a practice valuation
  • Employ proper due diligence requirements
  • Understand the important components of a sales agreement
  • Recognize one’s own goals, expectations, and resources before buying or selling a medical practice

3:45-4:45 PM - Optimizing the Virtual Visit

The COVID pandemic has necessitated the rapid implementation for the delivery of care outside of the usual office setting. Obesity medicine providers should understand the guidelines and necessary documentation for providing remote care, how to properly code and bill for these services, and be aware of potential legal ramifications when providing such care. Additional remote services such as remote patient monitoring for chronic care monitoring will be addressed. 

  • Recognize the benefits and potential risks of providing obesity medicine care remotely via telemedicine.
  • Understand state and national rules, regulations, and resources pertaining to telemedicine services, including emergency policies during the COVID pandemic
  • Learn how to incorporate telehealth services into an obesity practice and how to conduct effective telehealth obesity medicine visits
  • Identify remote monitoring tools to enhance obesity treatment

4:45-5:00 PM - Break

5:00-6:00 PM - Understanding the Role of ICD-10 Coding for Getting Reimbursed

Third party denial for reimbursement for provided services can be costly, and time-consuming for medical providers as well as their patients. Understanding how to properly document medical necessity in health record and accurate ICD-10 coding can save you and your patients money and a lot of aggravation. Many services, procedures, diagnostic tests frequently recommended by obesity practitioners require specific codes for to qualify for reimbursement. Procedures such as EKG and indirect calorimetry, as well as tests for diabetes, nutritional screening, advanced lipid testing often require specific ICD-10 codes. Some tests may not be covered by government and/or private insurance carriers regardless of their necessity, proper documentation, and correct coding.

This presentation will address the necessary documentation and ICD-10 codes that are necessary for reimbursement for obesity-related E&M and peripheral obesity treatment related testing and services.

  • Recognize procedures and tests that may require specific documentation and ICD-10 codes to qualify for reimbursement
  • Learn the codes are most likely to result in reimbursement for specific tests and procedures
  • Develop a plan to identify covered and non-covered services and testing based on third party policies

Schedule on Thursday, April 22


7:30-8:00 AM - CME Breakfast Panel

Obesity medicine practice experts will answer your obesity practice management questions.

*This event is worth 0.5 CME/CE credits. In addition to class sessions, attendance at this event is required to earn the full 9.5 CME/CE credits for the Practice Management Essentials.

8:00 - 8:15 AM - Break

8:15-9:15 AM - What’s New in Billing and Coding

This session will discuss applying the 2021 coding changes when treating patients with obesity. New evaluation and management (E/M) coding criteria will be reviewed along updated documentation requirements. Coding and criteria for intensive behavioral counseling and preventive care will be reviewed. Other items include coding for medical nutrition therapy, prolonged services, and virtual encounters. The session will include a series of case scenarios with discussion of coding pitfalls and coding optimization.

  • Describe 2021 revisions to E/M coding as they apply to obesity medicine encounters
  • Utilize behavioral counseling and preventive codes in obesity care
  • Apply appropriate codes for different modes of virtual patient care
  • Identify optimal coding patterns for obesity encounters through case scenarios

9:15 - 10:15 AM - Applying Billing and Coding Using Obesity Case Scenarios

This session will discuss applying the 2021 coding changes when treating patients with obesity. New evaluation and management (E/M) coding criteria will be reviewed along updated documentation requirements. Coding and criteria for intensive behavioral counseling and preventive care will be reviewed. Other items include coding for medical nutrition therapy, prolonged services, and virtual encounters. The session will include a series of case scenarios with discussion of coding pitfalls and coding optimization.

  • Describe 2021 revisions to E/M coding as they apply to obesity medicine encounters
  • Utilize behavioral counseling and preventive codes in obesity care
  • Apply appropriate codes for different modes of virtual patient care
  • Identify optimal coding patterns for obesity encounters through case scenarios

10:15 - 10:30 AM - Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Getting Your Obesity Medicine Practice Started

Whether a medical practitioner is adding obesity treatment to an existing medical practice or opening a new obesity medicine practice, a successful business requires the right structure. This presentation will address the essential components of an obesity medicine practice and identify what you need to get started.

  • Identify practice types and payment models
  • Utilize essential services in an obesity medicine practice
  • Recognize key features of an EHR system
  • Identify the appropriate support staff
  • Leverage resources in your community
  • Learn how to connect to your medical community

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Building A Presence for Your Obesity Medicine Practice

This session will focus on building a solid marketing foundation for your obesity medicine practice. You will identify the strengths and weaknesses of common platforms 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.

  • Distinguish between different marketing platforms for promoting your practice
  • Identify best practices for promoting an obesity medicine practice
  • Apply cost-effective tools for creating successful online marketing strategies for your practice
  • Utilize tools for effectively promoting your practice within your medical community

12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch

12:30-1:30 PM - NO CME: Leveraging Telehealth to Address Access Gaps in Obesity Medicine

Millions of Americans can benefit from obesity treatment, but there are simply aren’t enough expert practitioners to address the need in the traditional manner. To put it in perspective, there is only one certified obesity physician for close to 40,000 patients who could benefit from treatment. This highlights the need for new delivery methods for treating obesity. The need for obesity treatment greatly outstrips the supply of obesity medicine specialists. The current need of obesity treatment cannot be met with conventional office-based care. This presentation will explore the evidence and describe practical considerations regarding the use of telehealth to administer obesity treatment. The presentation will be supplemented with case examples and experience from a commercial telehealth platform.

  • Describe how structured telehealth visits can be used in the treatment of obesity
  • Identify a standardized approach to conducting a telehealth assessment
  • Apply the current experience for a commercial telehealth platform to the treatment of overweight and obesity

*This is an optional lecture that is not available for CME/CE. This lecture will only be available to stream for virtual attendees.


Commercial Support

This education activity may receive support through an educational grant from a commercial interest.