About Obesity Medicine Association.

The Obesity Medicine 2020 Conference is the leading medical obesity conference providing clinical obesity treatment education for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians and nutritionists, pharmacists, psychologists, allied healthcare providers, residents, and medical students. With the theme of Treat Obesity First, the conference will equip you with practical strategies to address obesity on the front lines and assess, diagnose, counsel, and treat your patients with obesity more effectively.

Despite the cancelation of the physical event this year, we are providing the conference online through this virtual event portal.

Here you can watch nearly all the sessions you would have seen in Phoenix, meet up with friends and colleagues, and participate in the critical conversations taking place in our field. Click here to register

At the Obesity Medicine 2020 Virtual Conference, shift your mindset regarding the treatment of obesity. The disease of obesity is associated with hundreds of serious chronic conditions, but those complications can be addressed efficiently and effectively when you Treat Obesity First. Treating obesity at the root will help you better manage your patients’ obesity-related conditions, and it will help your patients improve their overall health for life.

If you are looking to fulfill your 30 GROUP ONE requirements for ABOM, you can find additional credit opportunities on our OMAcademy.

Disclosures

All speaker and planner disclosures for this activity are listed here.

The Spring Obesity Summit is supported by Abbot Nutrition.

Obesity Medicine 2020 – Virtual may receive additional support through an educational grant from a commercial interest.

Keynote Speakers

Groundbreaking keynotes, critical breakouts, and more.

Ariana Chao, PhD, CRNP

Ken Fujioka, MD, Dipl. ABOM

Yoni Freedhoff, MD, CCFP, Dipl. ABOM

Schedule

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  • 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM EDT

    Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: Incorporating Behavioral Health into the PCP’s Office

    Primary care providers are uniquely positioned to help patients learn behavioral strategies for weight loss and to support patients with weight management. In this session we will review key strategies that primary care providers can use to provide behavioral obesity treatment. In addition, we will discuss models of care to help patients achieve and maintain healthy weights.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the 5As counseling framework as a model of obesity management in primary care.
    b. Discuss effective strategies for promoting weight loss in primary care.
    c. Identify key strategies to help patients with long-term weight loss maintenance.

    Speaker:

    Ariana Chao, PhD, CRNP

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

    Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: The Mythology of Modern Day Dieting

    From fad diets, to extremes of exercise, to being hungry, to shaming as a motivator, how society approaches weight management is rife with harmful myths. This session will review some of diet world's most pervasive and destructive myths. Attendees will understand the treatment strategies that are powerful enough to actually make a lasting impact on your patient’s health.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Recognize and identify some of the more pervasive myths supporting modern day dieting and weight management.
    b. Briefly explore the science behind the recommendation of specific diets and their long-term impact on weight.
    c. Consider the impact of actionable, but far less dramatic, approaches to improving lifestyle irrespective of weight.

    Speaker:

    Yoni Freedhoff, MD, CCFP, Dipl. ABOM

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM EDT

    Is It All in My Head? The Role of Mental Health in Obesity

    Understand how to fully assess patients for underlying mental health disorders, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or prior trauma that can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors, which in turn can cause weight gain, and prevent maintenance of weight loss. This lecture will discuss a stepwise approach to initiating a workup for mental health disorders including how to start a conversation with the patient, prescribe medications, and recommend therapies. Case presentations will reinforce your ability to evaluate patients for mental health disorders.

    Learning objectives:
    a. Describe the pathophysiology that links mental stress and weight gain behavior.
    b. Discuss mental health with patients during visits for weight management.
    c. Understand best practices and treatments for mental health to improve weight loss and weight maintenance.

    Speaker:

    Houman Varghai, MD, FACP

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM EDT

    Understanding Food Addiction

    Food addiction is a highly debated topic. In this session, we will discuss the research findings related to food addiction and strategies for addressing food addiction with your patients. We will review methods for evaluating patients for food addiction in order to prescribe appropriate interventions. Attendees will gain an appreciation of the value of having an open discussion with patients about family history of addiction and uncovering the possibility of food as a substance of abuse and dependency.

    Learning objectives:
    a. Identify factors indicating that food affects the brain similarly to other addictive substances.
    b. Review common ways of assessing patients for food addiction.
    c. Recognize the benefits of addressing the topic of food addiction with individuals who meet the criteria for a probable food addiction.

    Speaker:

    Connie Stapleton, PhD

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM EDT

    Talking to Patients about Obesity: Opening Up THAT Conversation

    Every clinician needs to understand the process of opening the conversation about obesity with their patients. So many patients have experienced such bias and stigma in healthcare settings that we must be able to overcome this resistance. Without starting the conversation, treatment cannot be initiated. This presentation will demonstrate ways to open the conversation as well as ensure the office environment is appropriate for patients with obesity. We will review current research to more fully understand the patient perspective as well as research that demonstrates our own possible bias related to patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review research indicating what patients want from providers related to the conversation around obesity.
    b. Describe weight bias and how it affects the conversation about obesity.
    c. Recognize current practices and resources for providing obesity care, including staff education, the office environment, and equipment, to improve the conversation.

    Speaker:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

  • 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM EDT

    Gastrointestinal and Liver Health in Obesity

    The impact of obesity on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver is not as widely understood as other common adiposity-related diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This lecture will educate the practitioner on how obesity can impact GI dysfunction, malignancy, and the microbiome. Learn how to incorporate the four pillars of weight management - nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and pharmacotherapy - into a treatment plan to manage common/uncomplicated GI liver disease.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Recognize the impacts of obesity on the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
    b. Describe how weight loss can potentially reverse dysfunction and/or reduce the risk of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and NASH.

    Speaker:

    Lisa Ganjhu, DO, Dipl. ABOM

  • 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM EDT

    The Key Studies in Obesity Medicine

    In this presentation, we will discuss the key studies in obesity medicine that provide evidence for why obesity is a disease requiring long-term treatment. We will also discuss key research related to various obesity treatment strategies. This presentation is designed to equip healthcare providers with evidence-based findings to draw from in discussing obesity medicine with patients and other physicians.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Explore the research behind why obesity is a disease and what treatment options are available.
    b. Communicate the evidence for why obesity is a disease with patients and healthcare providers.
    c. Discuss relevant research in support of obesity treatment strategies.

    Speaker:

    Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM EDT

    Hidden Causes of Obesity

    In this session, we will explore how to identify the hidden causes of weight gain, such as medications, diabetes treatment, hypogonadism or other hormonal conditions. These hidden causes can complicate the assessment and treatment of patients with obesity. We will review the literature on the hidden causes of obesity to understand how to more effectively assess and treat patients with obesity, and explore treatment options for special populations with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify hidden causes of weight gain.
    b. Assess patients for hormonal conditions of obesity.
    c. Review strategies for evaluating and treating special populations with obesity.

    Speaker:

    Srividya Kidambi, MD, MS

  • 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM EDT
    Keren Wilson

    Addressing and Treating Obesity in the Outpatient Family Practice Setting

    This session will review how a primary care clinician can address, prevent, and treat obesity in the outpatient setting. This presentation will emphasize practical information to incorporate in patient visits.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Address patient weight during a primary care visit.
    b. Advise patients, depending on age, on best lifestyle modifications.
    c. Incorporate anti-obesity medications into a primary care setting when appropriate.

    Speaker:
    Keren Wilson

    Keren Wilson, DO, Dipl. ABOM

  • 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM EDT

    Evidence-based Dietary Treatment of Disease

    This session will provide an evidence-based review of what every clinician should know regarding dietary recommendations for various disease states. We will identify dietary treatments for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivity, liver disease and chronic kidney disease. This presentation will include an update on Calcium, Vitamin D and Omega 3 supplementation.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Advise patients on current evidence-based nutritional information.
    b. Identify effective dietary strategies for patients suffering from various health conditions and food sensitivity.
    c. Review current data on calcium, vitamin D and omega 3 supplementation.
    d. Reinforce healthy diets and eating habits based on current evidence, not fads.

    Speaker:

    Marijane Hynes, MD, Dipl. ABOM

  • 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM EDT

    Recognizing and Utilizing Weight Loss Patterns in Lifelong Weight Management

    New practitioners to obesity medicine may not have experienced weight set points and weight loss resistance points throughout a patient’s lifetime. This presentation is to display with graphs, patient examples of the most common resistance points in weight loss, how to evaluate in each individual patient, and suggestions for intervention.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Understand lifelong intervention using patients’ previous weight levels in managing weight loss barriers.
    b. Discuss benchmarks of weight loss progress in a weight loss program and how they relate to set points and resistance points.
    c. Utilize pattern recognition throughout the lifespan of each individual patient.

    Speaker:

    W. Allen Rader, MD, MFOMA

  • 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM EDT

    Expert Panel

    Speaker:

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 04:45 PM - 05:45 PM EDT

    Motivational Interviewing in Obesity Treatment (Part 1 - lecture)

    Knowledge, direction or persuasion are often ineffective in helping patients make lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing utilizes patient-centered engagement and goal-setting in line with the patient’s objectives. This session is intended to enhance knowledge and skill in the application of motivational interviewing for patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify the core components of motivational interviewing
    b. Employ motivational interviewing techniques with patients at different stages of change
    c. Apply strategies to evoke and strengthen change talk in patients, and formulate effective responses
    d. Establish SMART goals in collaboration with patients to facilitate behavior change
    e. Utilize acceptance based behavioral treatment (ABT) strategies to facilitate patient commitment to behavioral modification plans

    Speaker:

    David Macklin, MD, CCFP

  • 05:55 PM - 07:10 PM EDT

    Motivational Interviewing in Obesity Treatment (Part 2 - workshop)

    Knowledge, direction or persuasion are often ineffective in helping patients make lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing utilizes patient-centered engagement and goal-setting in line with the patient’s objectives. This session is intended to enhance knowledge and skill in the application of motivational interviewing for patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify the core components of motivational interviewing
    b. Employ motivational interviewing techniques with patients at different stages of change
    c. Apply strategies to evoke and strengthen change talk in patients, and formulate effective responses
    d. Establish SMART goals in collaboration with patients to facilitate behavior change
    e. Utilize acceptance based behavioral treatment (ABT) strategies to facilitate patient commitment to behavioral modification plans

    Speaker:

    David Macklin, MD, CCFP

  • 07:15 PM - 07:30 PM EDT

    Motivational Interviewing in Obesity Treatment (Part 3 – Discussion and Course Conclusion)

    Discussion and Course Conclusion

    Speaker:

    David Macklin, MD, CCFP

  • 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM EDT

    Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: Management of Diabetes by Treating Obesity First

    Discuss the role obesity plays in diabetes risk, and the benefits of weight loss for glucose control. Review available treatment strategies to effectively manage patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes. This session will include discussion on the safety and efficacy of utilizing anti-obesity medications in treatment plans.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Predict the amount of improvement in blood sugar with weight management.
    b. Adjust insulin safely as the patient with type 2 diabetes loses weight.
    c. Assess the risks and benefits of prescribing anti-obesity medications in the patient with diabetes and obesity.

    Speaker:

    Ken Fujioka, MD, Dipl. ABOM

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

    Current Concepts in Obesity Medicine

    This session will review current concepts and studies in obesity medicine to illustrate why losing weight and keeping it off is so challenging. We will discuss multi-component treatment options to address the challenges that patients with obesity face.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Recognize the mechanisms of obesity as a chronic disease.
    b. Dispel common myths of obesity treatment and improve utilization of evidence-based obesity treatment options.
    c. Address issues of bias and stigma in treating patients with obesity

    Speaker:

    Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

    Obesity Algorithm Updates

    In this session, two authors of the 2020 Obesity Algorithm® will discuss the latest revisions to this clinical resource and how it can be effectively incorporated into clinical practice. Through discussion of a patient case, they will demonstrate the application of this clinical tool in the evaluation and treatment of patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss the rationale and context behind recent updates to the Obesity Algorithm.
    b. Explore the science behind obesity as a disease.
    c. Apply the Obesity Algorithm in clinical practice.

    Speakers:

    Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM

    Karli Burridge, PA-C, MMS, FOMA

  • 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM EDT

    Anti-Obesity Medications: When and How Should They Be Initiated?

    This presentation will use case studies to demonstrate when and how to institute FDA approved anti-obesity medications using evidence-based practice. The case studies will demonstrate how to monitor the use of medications once initiated, and review how to adjust medications when appropriate.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify evidence-based guidelines for pharmacologic management of the chronic disease of obesity.
    b. Describe available pharmacotherapeutics that can be utilized to support treatment of the chronic disease of obesity.
    c. Utilize case studies to demonstrate appropriate timing and selection process for use of medications in the treatment of obesity.

    Speaker:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

  • 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM EDT

    800,000 Rx’s Per Month: What Do We Really Know About Phentermine?

    This presentation will bring both new and seasoned practitioners up to date on what we know, don’t know, and what we need to ask next. It will discuss the barriers that still exist to getting answers around the use of phentermine. Review the recent literature on phentermine and discuss dosing, safety, and efficacy of the drug. This talk will also discuss current biases surrounding phentermine and review state laws that regulate its use.

    Learning objectives:
    a. Review the data currently available on phentermine safety, efficacy, limiting factors in use, and long-term outcomes, with particular focus on the last 2 years of key publications.
    b. Apply the full scope of data in clinical decision making with individual patients.
    c. Recognize the legal and professional bias toward sympathomimetics and how to manage that bias among peers and referral networks.

    Speaker:

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

  • 02:45 PM - 03:45 PM EDT

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Mediterranean Diet

    These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of the Mediterranean diet for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients using the Mediterranean diet.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of Mediterranean nutritional patterns.
    b. Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing the Mediterranean diet.
    c. Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
    d. Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a Mediterranean dietary plan.

    Speaker:

    Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA

  • 03:45 PM - 04:45 PM EDT

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Plant-based Diet

    These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of plant-based diets for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients’ plant-based diets.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of plant-based nutritional patterns.
    b. Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing a plant-based diet.
    c. Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
    d. Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a plant-based diet plan.

    Speaker:

    Leigh M. Ettinger, MD, MS, Dipl. ABOM

  • 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM EDT

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Low-carbohydrate and Ketogenic Diets

    These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of ketogenic/low-carbohydrate diets for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients using the ketogenic or low carbohydrate diets.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of low carbohydrate/ketogenic nutritional patterns.
    b. Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing a low carbohydrate/ketogenic.
    c. Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
    d. Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a low carbohydrate/ketogenic dietary plan.

    Speaker:

    Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM EDT

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies Panel

    In this closing session, the panelists will take audience questions on how to implement the Mediterranean, plant-based, and low carbohydrate or ketogenic diets in the treatment of obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss specific implementation strategies for the Mediterranean, plant-based and low carbohydrate or ketogenic diets.

    Speakers:

    Leigh M. Ettinger, MD, MS, Dipl. ABOM

    Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA

    Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 09:00 AM - 09:15 AM EDT

    Introduction to Building an Obesity Treatment Plan

    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.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Become familiar with the structure of this workshop, and learn how you can get the most out of it.
    b. Discuss the importance of treating obesity utilizing a combination of strategies within four treatment pillars (nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication).

    Speaker:

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM EDT

    Obesity Medicine Practice and Payment Models

    This session will explore common models for practicing obesity medicine, from independent private practice to medical weight management programs within a large healthcare system. We’ll discuss the opportunities and limitations of each model, as well as strategies for implementation. Lastly, we’ll review payment models for obesity medicine, including cash-based, insurance, and concierge models and the advantages and disadvantages of each model.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review common models for obesity medicine practices.
    b. Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of obesity medicine practice models.
    c. Explore options for payment models in an obesity medicine practice.
    d. Discuss strategies for implementing a new obesity medicine practice.

    Speaker:

    Rick Lindquist, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 09:15 AM - 10:15 AM EDT

    Nutrition

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify evidence for current eating plans.
    b. Analyze patients’ eating patterns to tailor selection of appropriate eating plans for each patient.
    c. Utilize strategies for treating obesity with eating plans.

    Speaker:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

    Physical Activity

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss the benefits of physical activity.
    b. Assess physical activity and obtain a detailed physical activity history.
    c. Assess patients for barriers to physical activity.
    d. Identify appropriate health screening prior to physical activity.
    e. Develop a physical activity plan tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

    Speaker:

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

    Billing and Coding (Part 1)

    This session will review the evaluation and management (E/M), preventive and behavioral CPT codes eligible in treating the disease of obesity. We will discuss the documentation for an E/M visit compared to a preventive visit note through an auditing demonstration. Lastly, we will discuss frequent and infrequent CPT codes to consider when coding your patient visits as well as the impact of implementing remote patient monitoring (RPM) and chronic care monitoring (CCM) in your practice.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review obesity medicine billing and coding basics.
    b. Utilize evaluation and management codes to bill for office visits.
    c. Discuss current and future guidelines for coding obesity medicine visits to maximize reimbursement.

    Speaker:

    Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

    Behavior

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

    Speaker:

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM EDT

    Billing and Coding (Part 2)

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review the Medicare Intensive Behavior Treatment for Obesity, who is eligible to participate, and the coding and documentation requirements.
    b. Review the Affordable Care Act mandated screening and treatment of obesity, including coding and documentation requirements.
    c. Utilize incident-to billing as a means to provide efficient and cost-effective obesity services in a busy practice setting.
    d. Discuss the role of Medicare Chronic Care Management services in the treatment of obesity as a model of chronic disease.
    e. Apply principles of obesity medicine coding guidelines to clinical cases.

    Speaker:

    Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM EDT

    Medication

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

    Speaker:

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM EDT

    Taking your Obesity Medicine Practice Virtual

    With the expanding reimbursement coverage, healthcare providers are progressively recognizing that the patient use of telehealth is inevitable. Knowing that patients use digital solutions for every other aspect of their lives, their healthcare is no different. Providers who shy away from telemedicine may find themselves left behind as patients choose convenience over cumbersome care options. Implementation of a virtual or hybrid obesity medicine practice is not only a cost-effective solution that generates revenue, but it serves as a powerful bi-directional medium that promotes engagement between the clinical team and the patient. Offering obesity medicine coupled with lifestyle therapeutics, your practice will drive true behavior change and long-term outcomes. This session will reveal the technology tools that work for patients and the practical steps you can take now to integrate telehealth in your practice.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Analyze the research evidence of virtual or hybrid weight loss programs.
    b. Recognize the trend toward telehealth or digital health implementation in obesity medicine.
    c. Describe how the combination of lifestyle therapeutics and obesity medicine drive behavior change.
    d. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of bi-directional communication and remote monitoring.
    e. Discuss operational techniques for incorporating telehealth into an obesity medicine practice.

    Speakers:

    Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    Michelle Alencar, PhD, CCN, ACSM-CEP

  • 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM EDT

    Q & A Panel

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

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss how you can apply the four treatment pillars to patients in your own practice.
    b. Identify strategies for improving your approach to obesity treatment

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM EDT

    Better Together! Are Medical Group Visits the Answer to Long-term Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance?

    The standard of care in western medicine for obesity treatment has been individual clinician visits with a focus on pharmacologic interventions, mainly due to clinic time constraints that prevent providers from spending the needed time to educate patients. Group visits provide an alternative strategy to help patients remain engaged in their weight management plan. This session will review the research that supports the benefits of group visits and give healthcare providers the confidence to incorporate the medical group visits model for weight loss and management in their own practices.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify common barriers to weight loss and maintenance.
    d. Explore strategies for implementing a medical group weight management visit model.
    e. Describe the benefits of medical group weight management visits versus individual “traditional” visits.

    Speaker:

    Houman Varghai, MD, FACP

  • 02:45 PM - 03:45 PM EDT

    Casework 1

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 03:15 PM - 04:15 PM EDT

    Mobile Health Devices and Apps for the Clinician: The Research

    This session will uncover the cutting-edge research in the realm of mobile health technology for weight loss and weight management that obesity medicine clinicians can implement. It will provide participants with key insights into popular apps, EMR-integrated tools, and mobile health that can be integrated into a clinician’s practice.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Explore the cutting-edge research surrounding mHealth interventions for weight loss.
    b. Review the popular apps and mobile health devices used by most consumers.
    c. Utilize data from mobile health technology to improve patient health outcomes.

    Speaker:

    Kelly Johnson, PhD

  • 03:55 PM - 04:55 PM EDT

    Casework 2

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM EDT

    Marketing your Obesity Medicine Practice

    Create a solid marketing foundation for your obesity medicine practice. Learn the 6-Ws (who, what, where, when, why, and how) of the top social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and more. Learn how to find your authentic V.O.I.C.E. and create your story to differentiate yourself from your competition and provide value with every post.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Apply the 6-Ws to creating a successful social media strategy.
    b. Recognize the role of social media in marketing strategy and explore various social media channels.
    c. Identify what you have and how you can transform it to digital content to build your brand value.

    Speaker:

    Michelle Post, PhD, SMSE, SMS, SMA

  • 05:05 PM - 06:05 PM EDT

    Casework 3

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Work in groups to practice obesity treatment strategies using patient cases.
    b. Recognize key components of medical history and physical examination in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
    c. Utilize appropriate diagnostic tools in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
    d. Focus on each treatment pillar to develop nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacological treatment strategies in patients with obesity.

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM EDT

    Addressing Weight Bias in your Practice

    Operating a successful obesity medicine practice goes beyond the treatment room. In order to retain patients and maximize patient outcomes, healthcare providers must foster a practice environment that is free from weight bias and stigma. This session will discuss sources of weight bias and stigma in the healthcare system and how to address them in your obesity medicine practice. We’ll explore strategies for reducing bias through office policies, employee training, and office equipment that create a welcoming environment for patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Explore implicit weight bias tendencies and how they impact clinical care of patients with obesity.
    b. Develop an office culture and environment that is free from weight bias and stigma.
    c. Establish policies and procedures that support optimal care for patients with obesity.
    d. Design your practice using equipment and furniture appropriate for patients with obesity.

    Speaker:

    Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 06:15 PM - 07:15 PM EDT

    Casework 4

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 07:15 PM - 07:30 PM EDT

    Q&A Panel & Course Conclusion

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: Management of Diabetes by Treating Obesity First

    Discuss the role obesity plays in diabetes risk, and the benefits of weight loss for glucose control. Review available treatment strategies to effectively manage patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes. This session will include discussion on the safety and efficacy of utilizing anti-obesity medications in treatment plans.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Predict the amount of improvement in blood sugar with weight management.
    b. Adjust insulin safely as the patient with type 2 diabetes loses weight.
    c. Assess the risks and benefits of prescribing anti-obesity medications in the patient with diabetes and obesity.

    Speakers:

    Ken Fujioka, MD, Dipl. ABOM

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Current Concepts in Obesity Medicine

    This session will review current concepts and studies in obesity medicine to illustrate why losing weight and keeping it off is so challenging. We will discuss multi-component treatment options to address the challenges that patients with obesity face.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Recognize the mechanisms of obesity as a chronic disease.
    b. Dispel common myths of obesity treatment and improve utilization of evidence-based obesity treatment options.
    c. Address issues of bias and stigma in treating patients with obesity

    Speakers:

    Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Obesity Algorithm Updates

    In this session, two authors of the 2020 Obesity Algorithm® will discuss the latest revisions to this clinical resource and how it can be effectively incorporated into clinical practice. Through discussion of a patient case, they will demonstrate the application of this clinical tool in the evaluation and treatment of patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss the rationale and context behind recent updates to the Obesity Algorithm.
    b. Explore the science behind obesity as a disease.
    c. Apply the Obesity Algorithm in clinical practice.

    Speakers:

    Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM

    Karli Burridge, PA-C, MMS, FOMA

  • 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Anti-Obesity Medications: When and How Should They Be Initiated?

    This presentation will use case studies to demonstrate when and how to institute FDA approved anti-obesity medications using evidence-based practice. The case studies will demonstrate how to monitor the use of medications once initiated, and review how to adjust medications when appropriate.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify evidence-based guidelines for pharmacologic management of the chronic disease of obesity.
    b. Describe available pharmacotherapeutics that can be utilized to support treatment of the chronic disease of obesity.
    c. Utilize case studies to demonstrate appropriate timing and selection process for use of medications in the treatment of obesity.

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

  • 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM EDT
    May 16 2020

    800,000 Rx’s Per Month: What Do We Really Know About Phentermine?

    This presentation will bring both new and seasoned practitioners up to date on what we know, don’t know, and what we need to ask next. It will discuss the barriers that still exist to getting answers around the use of phentermine. Review the recent literature on phentermine and discuss dosing, safety, and efficacy of the drug. This talk will also discuss current biases surrounding phentermine and review state laws that regulate its use.

    Learning objectives:
    a. Review the data currently available on phentermine safety, efficacy, limiting factors in use, and long-term outcomes, with particular focus on the last 2 years of key publications.
    b. Apply the full scope of data in clinical decision making with individual patients.
    c. Recognize the legal and professional bias toward sympathomimetics and how to manage that bias among peers and referral networks.

    Speakers:

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

  • 02:45 PM - 03:45 PM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Mediterranean Diet

    These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of the Mediterranean diet for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients using the Mediterranean diet.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of Mediterranean nutritional patterns.
    b. Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing the Mediterranean diet.
    c. Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
    d. Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a Mediterranean dietary plan.

    Speakers:

    Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA

  • 03:45 PM - 04:45 PM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Plant-based Diet

    These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of plant-based diets for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients’ plant-based diets.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of plant-based nutritional patterns.
    b. Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing a plant-based diet.
    c. Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
    d. Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a plant-based diet plan.

    Speakers:

    Leigh M. Ettinger, MD, MS, Dipl. ABOM

  • 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Low-carbohydrate and Ketogenic Diets

    These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of ketogenic/low-carbohydrate diets for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients using the ketogenic or low carbohydrate diets.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of low carbohydrate/ketogenic nutritional patterns.
    b. Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing a low carbohydrate/ketogenic.
    c. Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
    d. Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a low carbohydrate/ketogenic dietary plan.

    Speakers:

    Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM EDT
    May 16 2020

    Implementing Nutritional Strategies Panel

    In this closing session, the panelists will take audience questions on how to implement the Mediterranean, plant-based, and low carbohydrate or ketogenic diets in the treatment of obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss specific implementation strategies for the Mediterranean, plant-based and low carbohydrate or ketogenic diets.

    Speakers:

    Leigh M. Ettinger, MD, MS, Dipl. ABOM

    Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA

    Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: Incorporating Behavioral Health into the PCP’s Office

    Primary care providers are uniquely positioned to help patients learn behavioral strategies for weight loss and to support patients with weight management. In this session we will review key strategies that primary care providers can use to provide behavioral obesity treatment. In addition, we will discuss models of care to help patients achieve and maintain healthy weights.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Describe the 5As counseling framework as a model of obesity management in primary care.
    b. Discuss effective strategies for promoting weight loss in primary care.
    c. Identify key strategies to help patients with long-term weight loss maintenance.

    Speakers:

    Ariana Chao, PhD, CRNP

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: The Mythology of Modern Day Dieting

    From fad diets, to extremes of exercise, to being hungry, to shaming as a motivator, how society approaches weight management is rife with harmful myths. This session will review some of diet world's most pervasive and destructive myths. Attendees will understand the treatment strategies that are powerful enough to actually make a lasting impact on your patient’s health.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Recognize and identify some of the more pervasive myths supporting modern day dieting and weight management.
    b. Briefly explore the science behind the recommendation of specific diets and their long-term impact on weight.
    c. Consider the impact of actionable, but far less dramatic, approaches to improving lifestyle irrespective of weight.

    Speakers:

    Yoni Freedhoff, MD, CCFP, Dipl. ABOM

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Is It All in My Head? The Role of Mental Health in Obesity

    Understand how to fully assess patients for underlying mental health disorders, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or prior trauma that can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors, which in turn can cause weight gain, and prevent maintenance of weight loss. This lecture will discuss a stepwise approach to initiating a workup for mental health disorders including how to start a conversation with the patient, prescribe medications, and recommend therapies. Case presentations will reinforce your ability to evaluate patients for mental health disorders.

    Learning objectives:
    a. Describe the pathophysiology that links mental stress and weight gain behavior.
    b. Discuss mental health with patients during visits for weight management.
    c. Understand best practices and treatments for mental health to improve weight loss and weight maintenance.

    Speakers:

    Houman Varghai, MD, FACP

  • 11:30 AM - 03:30 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Breakouts: Next level in Obesity Management Track and Building Blocks in Obesity Medicine Track

  • 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Expert Panel

    Speakers:

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Understanding Food Addiction

    Food addiction is a highly debated topic. In this session, we will discuss the research findings related to food addiction and strategies for addressing food addiction with your patients. We will review methods for evaluating patients for food addiction in order to prescribe appropriate interventions. Attendees will gain an appreciation of the value of having an open discussion with patients about family history of addiction and uncovering the possibility of food as a substance of abuse and dependency.

    Learning objectives:
    a. Identify factors indicating that food affects the brain similarly to other addictive substances.
    b. Review common ways of assessing patients for food addiction.
    c. Recognize the benefits of addressing the topic of food addiction with individuals who meet the criteria for a probable food addiction.

    Speakers:

    Connie Stapleton, PhD

  • 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Gastrointestinal and Liver Health in Obesity

    The impact of obesity on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver is not as widely understood as other common adiposity-related diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This lecture will educate the practitioner on how obesity can impact GI dysfunction, malignancy, and the microbiome. Learn how to incorporate the four pillars of weight management - nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and pharmacotherapy - into a treatment plan to manage common/uncomplicated GI liver disease.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Recognize the impacts of obesity on the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
    b. Describe how weight loss can potentially reverse dysfunction and/or reduce the risk of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and NASH.

    Speakers:

    Lisa Ganjhu, DO, Dipl. ABOM

  • 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Hidden Causes of Obesity

    In this session, we will explore how to identify the hidden causes of weight gain, such as medications, diabetes treatment, hypogonadism or other hormonal conditions. These hidden causes can complicate the assessment and treatment of patients with obesity. We will review the literature on the hidden causes of obesity to understand how to more effectively assess and treat patients with obesity, and explore treatment options for special populations with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify hidden causes of weight gain.
    b. Assess patients for hormonal conditions of obesity.
    c. Review strategies for evaluating and treating special populations with obesity.

    Speakers:

    Srividya Kidambi, MD, MS

  • 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Evidence-based Dietary Treatment of Disease

    This session will provide an evidence-based review of what every clinician should know regarding dietary recommendations for various disease states. We will identify dietary treatments for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivity, liver disease and chronic kidney disease. This presentation will include an update on Calcium, Vitamin D and Omega 3 supplementation.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Advise patients on current evidence-based nutritional information.
    b. Identify effective dietary strategies for patients suffering from various health conditions and food sensitivity.
    c. Review current data on calcium, vitamin D and omega 3 supplementation.
    d. Reinforce healthy diets and eating habits based on current evidence, not fads.

    Speakers:

    Marijane Hynes, MD, Dipl. ABOM

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Talking to Patients about Obesity: Opening Up THAT Conversation

    Every clinician needs to understand the process of opening the conversation about obesity with their patients. So many patients have experienced such bias and stigma in healthcare settings that we must be able to overcome this resistance. Without starting the conversation, treatment cannot be initiated. This presentation will demonstrate ways to open the conversation as well as ensure the office environment is appropriate for patients with obesity. We will review current research to more fully understand the patient perspective as well as research that demonstrates our own possible bias related to patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review research indicating what patients want from providers related to the conversation around obesity.
    b. Describe weight bias and how it affects the conversation about obesity.
    c. Recognize current practices and resources for providing obesity care, including staff education, the office environment, and equipment, to improve the conversation.

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

  • 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    The Key Studies in Obesity Medicine

    In this presentation, we will discuss the key studies in obesity medicine that provide evidence for why obesity is a disease requiring long-term treatment. We will also discuss key research related to various obesity treatment strategies. This presentation is designed to equip healthcare providers with evidence-based findings to draw from in discussing obesity medicine with patients and other physicians.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Explore the research behind why obesity is a disease and what treatment options are available.
    b. Communicate the evidence for why obesity is a disease with patients and healthcare providers.
    c. Discuss relevant research in support of obesity treatment strategies.

    Speakers:

    Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM EDT
    May 17 2020
    Keren Wilson

    Addressing and Treating Obesity in the Outpatient Family Practice Setting

    This session will review how a primary care clinician can address, prevent, and treat obesity in the outpatient setting. This presentation will emphasize practical information to incorporate in patient visits.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Address patient weight during a primary care visit.
    b. Advise patients, depending on age, on best lifestyle modifications.
    c. Incorporate anti-obesity medications into a primary care setting when appropriate.

    Speakers:
    Keren Wilson

    Keren Wilson, DO, Dipl. ABOM

  • 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Recognizing and Utilizing Weight Loss Patterns in Lifelong Weight Management

    New practitioners to obesity medicine may not have experienced weight set points and weight loss resistance points throughout a patient’s lifetime. This presentation is to display with graphs, patient examples of the most common resistance points in weight loss, how to evaluate in each individual patient, and suggestions for intervention.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Understand lifelong intervention using patients’ previous weight levels in managing weight loss barriers.
    b. Discuss benchmarks of weight loss progress in a weight loss program and how they relate to set points and resistance points.
    c. Utilize pattern recognition throughout the lifespan of each individual patient.

    Speakers:

    W. Allen Rader, MD, MFOMA

  • 04:45 PM - 05:45 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Motivational Interviewing in Obesity Treatment (Part 1 - lecture)

    Knowledge, direction or persuasion are often ineffective in helping patients make lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing utilizes patient-centered engagement and goal-setting in line with the patient’s objectives. This session is intended to enhance knowledge and skill in the application of motivational interviewing for patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify the core components of motivational interviewing
    b. Employ motivational interviewing techniques with patients at different stages of change
    c. Apply strategies to evoke and strengthen change talk in patients, and formulate effective responses
    d. Establish SMART goals in collaboration with patients to facilitate behavior change
    e. Utilize acceptance based behavioral treatment (ABT) strategies to facilitate patient commitment to behavioral modification plans

    Speakers:

    David Macklin, MD, CCFP

  • 05:55 PM - 07:10 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Motivational Interviewing in Obesity Treatment (Part 2 - workshop)

    Knowledge, direction or persuasion are often ineffective in helping patients make lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing utilizes patient-centered engagement and goal-setting in line with the patient’s objectives. This session is intended to enhance knowledge and skill in the application of motivational interviewing for patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify the core components of motivational interviewing
    b. Employ motivational interviewing techniques with patients at different stages of change
    c. Apply strategies to evoke and strengthen change talk in patients, and formulate effective responses
    d. Establish SMART goals in collaboration with patients to facilitate behavior change
    e. Utilize acceptance based behavioral treatment (ABT) strategies to facilitate patient commitment to behavioral modification plans

    Speakers:

    David Macklin, MD, CCFP

  • 07:15 PM - 07:30 PM EDT
    May 17 2020

    Motivational Interviewing in Obesity Treatment (Part 3 – Discussion and Course Conclusion)

    Discussion and Course Conclusion

    Speakers:

    David Macklin, MD, CCFP

  • 09:00 AM - 09:15 AM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Introduction to Building an Obesity Treatment Plan

    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.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Become familiar with the structure of this workshop, and learn how you can get the most out of it.
    b. Discuss the importance of treating obesity utilizing a combination of strategies within four treatment pillars (nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication).

    Speakers:

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 09:15 AM - 10:15 AM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Nutrition

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify evidence for current eating plans.
    b. Analyze patients’ eating patterns to tailor selection of appropriate eating plans for each patient.
    c. Utilize strategies for treating obesity with eating plans.

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Physical Activity

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss the benefits of physical activity.
    b. Assess physical activity and obtain a detailed physical activity history.
    c. Assess patients for barriers to physical activity.
    d. Identify appropriate health screening prior to physical activity.
    e. Develop a physical activity plan tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

    Speakers:

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Behavior

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

    Speakers:

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Medication

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

    Speakers:

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

  • 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Q & A Panel

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

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Discuss how you can apply the four treatment pillars to patients in your own practice.
    b. Identify strategies for improving your approach to obesity treatment

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 02:45 PM - 03:45 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Casework 1

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 03:55 PM - 04:55 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Casework 2

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 05:05 PM - 06:05 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Casework 3

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Work in groups to practice obesity treatment strategies using patient cases.
    b. Recognize key components of medical history and physical examination in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
    c. Utilize appropriate diagnostic tools in the evaluation of patients with obesity.
    d. Focus on each treatment pillar to develop nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacological treatment strategies in patients with obesity.

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 06:15 PM - 07:15 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Casework 4

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 07:15 PM - 07:30 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Q&A Panel & Course Conclusion

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

    Speakers:

    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Deborah Bade Horn, MD, MPH, MFOMA

    Ken Resnicow, PhD

    Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    Ryan Hudson, DO

  • 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Obesity Medicine Practice and Payment Models

    This session will explore common models for practicing obesity medicine, from independent private practice to medical weight management programs within a large healthcare system. We’ll discuss the opportunities and limitations of each model, as well as strategies for implementation. Lastly, we’ll review payment models for obesity medicine, including cash-based, insurance, and concierge models and the advantages and disadvantages of each model.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review common models for obesity medicine practices.
    b. Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of obesity medicine practice models.
    c. Explore options for payment models in an obesity medicine practice.
    d. Discuss strategies for implementing a new obesity medicine practice.

    Speakers:

    Rick Lindquist, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Billing and Coding (Part 1)

    This session will review the evaluation and management (E/M), preventive and behavioral CPT codes eligible in treating the disease of obesity. We will discuss the documentation for an E/M visit compared to a preventive visit note through an auditing demonstration. Lastly, we will discuss frequent and infrequent CPT codes to consider when coding your patient visits as well as the impact of implementing remote patient monitoring (RPM) and chronic care monitoring (CCM) in your practice.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review obesity medicine billing and coding basics.
    b. Utilize evaluation and management codes to bill for office visits.
    c. Discuss current and future guidelines for coding obesity medicine visits to maximize reimbursement.

    Speakers:

    Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Billing and Coding (Part 2)

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Review the Medicare Intensive Behavior Treatment for Obesity, who is eligible to participate, and the coding and documentation requirements.
    b. Review the Affordable Care Act mandated screening and treatment of obesity, including coding and documentation requirements.
    c. Utilize incident-to billing as a means to provide efficient and cost-effective obesity services in a busy practice setting.
    d. Discuss the role of Medicare Chronic Care Management services in the treatment of obesity as a model of chronic disease.
    e. Apply principles of obesity medicine coding guidelines to clinical cases.

    Speakers:

    Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Taking your Obesity Medicine Practice Virtual

    With the expanding reimbursement coverage, healthcare providers are progressively recognizing that the patient use of telehealth is inevitable. Knowing that patients use digital solutions for every other aspect of their lives, their healthcare is no different. Providers who shy away from telemedicine may find themselves left behind as patients choose convenience over cumbersome care options. Implementation of a virtual or hybrid obesity medicine practice is not only a cost-effective solution that generates revenue, but it serves as a powerful bi-directional medium that promotes engagement between the clinical team and the patient. Offering obesity medicine coupled with lifestyle therapeutics, your practice will drive true behavior change and long-term outcomes. This session will reveal the technology tools that work for patients and the practical steps you can take now to integrate telehealth in your practice.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Analyze the research evidence of virtual or hybrid weight loss programs.
    b. Recognize the trend toward telehealth or digital health implementation in obesity medicine.
    c. Describe how the combination of lifestyle therapeutics and obesity medicine drive behavior change.
    d. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of bi-directional communication and remote monitoring.
    e. Discuss operational techniques for incorporating telehealth into an obesity medicine practice.

    Speakers:

    Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    Michelle Alencar, PhD, CCN, ACSM-CEP

  • 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Better Together! Are Medical Group Visits the Answer to Long-term Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance?

    The standard of care in western medicine for obesity treatment has been individual clinician visits with a focus on pharmacologic interventions, mainly due to clinic time constraints that prevent providers from spending the needed time to educate patients. Group visits provide an alternative strategy to help patients remain engaged in their weight management plan. This session will review the research that supports the benefits of group visits and give healthcare providers the confidence to incorporate the medical group visits model for weight loss and management in their own practices.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Identify common barriers to weight loss and maintenance.
    d. Explore strategies for implementing a medical group weight management visit model.
    e. Describe the benefits of medical group weight management visits versus individual “traditional” visits.

    Speakers:

    Houman Varghai, MD, FACP

  • 03:15 PM - 04:15 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Mobile Health Devices and Apps for the Clinician: The Research

    This session will uncover the cutting-edge research in the realm of mobile health technology for weight loss and weight management that obesity medicine clinicians can implement. It will provide participants with key insights into popular apps, EMR-integrated tools, and mobile health that can be integrated into a clinician’s practice.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Explore the cutting-edge research surrounding mHealth interventions for weight loss.
    b. Review the popular apps and mobile health devices used by most consumers.
    c. Utilize data from mobile health technology to improve patient health outcomes.

    Speakers:

    Kelly Johnson, PhD

  • 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Marketing your Obesity Medicine Practice

    Create a solid marketing foundation for your obesity medicine practice. Learn the 6-Ws (who, what, where, when, why, and how) of the top social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and more. Learn how to find your authentic V.O.I.C.E. and create your story to differentiate yourself from your competition and provide value with every post.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Apply the 6-Ws to creating a successful social media strategy.
    b. Recognize the role of social media in marketing strategy and explore various social media channels.
    c. Identify what you have and how you can transform it to digital content to build your brand value.

    Speakers:

    Michelle Post, PhD, SMSE, SMS, SMA

  • 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM EDT
    May 15 2020

    Addressing Weight Bias in your Practice

    Operating a successful obesity medicine practice goes beyond the treatment room. In order to retain patients and maximize patient outcomes, healthcare providers must foster a practice environment that is free from weight bias and stigma. This session will discuss sources of weight bias and stigma in the healthcare system and how to address them in your obesity medicine practice. We’ll explore strategies for reducing bias through office policies, employee training, and office equipment that create a welcoming environment for patients with obesity.

    Learning Objectives:
    a. Explore implicit weight bias tendencies and how they impact clinical care of patients with obesity.
    b. Develop an office culture and environment that is free from weight bias and stigma.
    c. Establish policies and procedures that support optimal care for patients with obesity.
    d. Design your practice using equipment and furniture appropriate for patients with obesity.

    Speakers:

    Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM