Building an Obesity Treatment Plan

Date: April 1-2
Accreditation: 12.5 CME/CE
Level: Introductory/Intermediate

Learn the step-by-step process for developing comprehensive and individualized obesity treatment plans for patients utilizing OMA’s four pillars of clinical obesity treatment: nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication. You’ll learn about the fundamental aspects of each treatment approach, as well as clinically applicable tips and techniques, through actual cases presented by clinical experts in obesity medicine.

The interactive workshop format will allow you to focus your attention on one pillar at a time and gain the skills to apply the key concepts of obesity medicine in your practice. You'll use real-life cases to practice building individualized treatment plans from start to finish.

Objectives

  • Understand and recognize obesity as a disease state, and more effectively diagnose, evaluate, and treat the disease of obesity.
  • Recognize the importance of utilizing a combination of strategies within four treatment pillars (nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication) to treat the disease of obesity.
  • Effectively design an individualized treatment plan for patients affected by overweight and obesity.
  • Develop nutritional treatment interventions tailored to the unique needs of patients affected by obesity.
  • Prescribe an individualized physical activity plan for patients affected by obesity.
  • Develop behavioral modification strategies unique to each patient’s needs.
  • Use anti-obesity medications appropriately as part of an overall treatment plan.
  • Apply billing and coding guidelines to patient visits for obesity treatment.

Schedule on Wednesday, April 1

The first day is an overview of the four pillars of clinical obesity treatment: nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication.

12:30-12:45 PM - Introduction to Building an Obesity Treatment Plan

Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Become familiar with the structure of this workshop and learn how you can get the most out of it. In addition, discuss the importance of customizing obesity treatment plans to manage disease risk and improve obesity-related conditions.

12:45-1:45 PM - Nutrition

Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

  • Identify evidence for current eating plans.
  • Analyze patients’ eating patterns to tailor selection of appropriate eating plans for each patient.
  • Utilize strategies for treating obesity with eating plans.

1:45-2:45 AM - Physical Activity

Ryan Hudson, DO

  • Discuss the benefits of physical activity.
  • Assess physical activity and obtain a detailed physical activity history.
  • Assess patients for barriers to physical activity.
  • Identify appropriate health screening prior to physical activity.
  • Develop a physical activity plan tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

3:00-4:00 PM - Behavior

Kenneth Resnicow, PhD

  • Identify behavioral therapy approaches and recognize their importance in the treatment of obesity.
  • Identify stages of change in your patients.
  • Develop a partnership between clinician and patient.
  • Apply motivational interviewing principles in the treatment of obesity.

4:00-5:00 PM - Medication

Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

  • Evaluate the currently available anti-obesity medications that may be used in treatment.
  • Understand the basic mechanisms, benefits, and side effects of current anti-obesity medications.
  • Incorporate pharmacotherapy as part of an overall individualized treatment plan for patients with obesity.

Schedule on Thursday, April 2

The second day is when you have an opportunity to apply what you learned. Practice building individualized obesity treatment plans using real-life case studies, then come together for a facilitated group discussion and learn about the optimal treatment strategies for each case.

7:30-8:15 AM - Q&A Panel Breakfast

Before you break into small groups for the day, ask your questions about the patient cases or any lingering questions you have from the first day of the workshop.

*This event is worth 0.75 CME/CE credits. In addition to class sessions, attendance at this event is required to earn the full 12.50 CME/CE for Building an Obesity Treatment Plan.

8:15-9:30 AM - Casework

All Faculty

  • Work in groups to practice obesity treatment strategies using patient cases.
  • Recognize key components of medical history and physical examination in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Utilize appropriate diagnostic tools in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Focus on each treatment pillar to develop nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacological treatment strategies in patients with obesity.
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with obesity.

9:45-11:00 AM - Casework

All Faculty

  • Work in groups to practice obesity treatment strategies using patient cases.
  • Recognize key components of medical history and physical examination in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Utilize appropriate diagnostic tools in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Focus on each treatment pillar to develop nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacological treatment strategies in patients with obesity.
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with obesity.

11:15 AM-12:30 PM - Casework (Working Lunch)

All Faculty

  • Work in groups to practice obesity treatment strategies using patient cases.
  • Recognize key components of medical history and physical examination in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Utilize appropriate diagnostic tools in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Focus on each treatment pillar to develop nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacological treatment strategies in patients with obesity.
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with obesity.

12:45-2:00 PM - Casework

All Faculty

  • Work in groups to practice obesity treatment strategies using patient cases.
  • Recognize key components of medical history and physical examination in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Utilize appropriate diagnostic tools in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Focus on each treatment pillar to develop nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacological treatment strategies in patients with obesity.
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with obesity.

2:00-2:45 PM - Facilitated Discussion

All Faculty

  • Bring your most challenging patient cases to discuss with your peers.
  • Discuss how you can apply the four treatment pillars to patients in your own practice.
  • Identify strategies for improving your approach to obesity treatment.

3:00-4:00 PM - Billing and Coding in Obesity Medicine

Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • Apply common relevant ICD 10 codes as part of the evaluation of patients with obesity.
  • Apply common relevant CPT codes as part of the evaluation of patients with obesity.

4:00-4:45 PM - Q&A and Course Conclusion

All Faculty

  • Discuss key takeaways from the day’s casework.
  • Ask your questions about managing obesity utilizing the four pillars of obesity treatment: nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication.
  • Consider how you will change treatment plans for patients in your own practice.
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