Managed Care and the Comprehensive Treatment of Obesity: 
Exploring the Medical Necessity

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Live Webcast Dates
TuesdayJune 10, 20145:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
WednesdayJune 18, 201412:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
ThursdayJune 19, 20143:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

Target Audience
  • Medical Directors and Pharmacy Directors from health plans, HMOs, integrated health systems, employers, quality organizations, and other managed care organizations (MCOs)
  • Managed care-affiliated care team members involved with patient evaluation, education, and follow-up for patients with obesity including: physicians, pharmacists, registered nurses, and case managers
Program Overview
Obesity is often considered the most common and prevalent health condition in the United States, representing a nationwide epidemic characterized by significant morbidity and mortality. Coupled with a rapidly increasing prevalence-as obesity rates have more than doubled since 1970-this disease burden is associated with an expectedly profound clinical and economic impact in managed care. Similar to the comorbid conditions to which it is closely related, obesity represents a chronic disease requiring a full-scale management approach, often featuring multiple medical interventions. While manage care plans invariably treat the major obesity-related comorbidities-namely cardiovascular and metabolic syndromes-as chronic diseases, obesity often receives a one-dimensional strategy. The purpose of this initiative is to provide managed care professionals insight from a group of expert thought leaders and clinicians regarding the treatment of obesity.

Educational Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
  • Recommend a plan-wide treatment algorithm for obesity that includes appropriate treatment options, including pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery
  • Identify and characterize the three phases of successful clinical weight-loss programming, including key interventions and considerations for each phase
  • Formulate a comprehensive, multidisciplinary strategy for the management of obesity
  • Provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the managed care treatment team

Our Distinguished Multi-disciplinary Faculty Presenters Include:

John Fox, MD
Senior Medical Director
Associate Vice President, Medical Affairs
Priority Health
Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS
Clinical Director
Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Bruce W. Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM
Medical Director
Employer Health Coalition

Webcast Agenda

    Pre-Activity Learning Assessment

    Introduction / Initial Commentary
    John Fox, MD, MHA

    Comprehensive Treatment of Obesity: Exploring the Medical Necessity for Payers
    Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM

    Overcoming Weight-Loss Barriers during the Maintenance Phase
    Robert Kushner, MD, MS

    Best Practice Tips and Tools to Implement Multidisciplinary Treatment Strategies:
    A MCO Obesity Case Study Example

    John Fox, MD, MHA

    Faculty Idea Exchange

    Audience Question and Answer Session

    Key Takeaways and Closing Comments
    John Fox, MD, MHA

    Post-Activity Assessment and Evaluation

Accreditation Statements

Physician Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Impact Education, LLC. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacist Accreditation Statement
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0809-9999-14-141-L01-P)

Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, transcript information will be available at within 4 weeks.

Type of Activity: Application

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Hardware/Software Requirements
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Fee Information
There is no fee for this educational activity.

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