Medical Management of Obesity: Strategies to Achieve and Maintain Weight Loss Webcast

Release date: October 29, 2015
Expiration date: October 29, 2016
Expected time to completion: 1.0 hour

Faculty

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
Director
National Center for Weight and Wellness
Medical Director
Strategies To Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
George Washington University
Milken Institute School of Public Health
Washington, District of Columbia

Program Overview

Recent scientific literature and government surveys indicate there is an urgent need to address the obesity epidemic in the US. This is supported by the rates of obesity in men and women over the age of 20 which have increased significantly over the last several years in the US. In large part, obesity can be treated successfully if properly diagnosed and managed by healthcare professionals (HCPs).

However, many HCPs fail to appropriately diagnose patients with obesity and do not provide them with suitable management plans. HCPs may not understand the risks vs benefits of pharmacologic therapies for patients who require long-term weight loss treatment. HCPs may also lack sufficient knowledge regarding insurance coverage and medical documentation related to obesity treatment. As a result, patients with obesity remain at risk for further weight gain and metabolic conditions.

This program will review strategies for the identification and diagnosis of patients with obesity, implement structured weight-loss maintenance plans, evaluate the efficacy and safety of currently available pharmacologic therapies, and discuss changes in insurance coverage and medical documentation required for obesity treatment.

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for primary care, internal medicine, and family physicians and other healthcare providers involved in the management of patients who are overweight or obese.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe strategies for the identification and diagnosis of patients with obesity and the components of an effective obesity management plan
  • Implement a structured weight-loss maintenance plan that aids in the retention of healthy weight for patients
  • Evaluate the efficacy and safety of currently available pharmacologic therapies meant to aid with weight loss and weight maintenance in patients with obesity
  • Discuss changes in insurance coverage and medical documentation required for reimbursement for behavioral therapy for obesity

Directions to Learner

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period October 29, 2015 through October 29, 2016, participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest by recording the best answer to each question in the answer key on the evaluation form
  • Complete the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better. Your statement of credit will be sent to you within 4 weeks.

Accreditation Statement

Integrity Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Integrity Continuing Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. 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 conflicts of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

  • Royalty: Johns Hopkins University Press, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Consultant: Eisai, Novo Nordisk, Takeda, Vivus
  • Speakers’ Bureaus: Eisai, Novo Nordisk, Takeda, Vivus

Patima Tanapat, PhD, hereby state that she or her spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. and Vivus, Inc. do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. and Vivus, Inc. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

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Disclaimer

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.

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