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Obesity Treatment Modules:
An Expert's Guide

This set of interactive learning modules, led by Dr. Robert Kushner and Dr. Michael Kaplan, provides practical tools designed for HCPs and their office staff who want to learn how to provide quality care to their patients with obesity.

Obesity Treatment Modules:
An Expert's Guide

This set of interactive learning modules, led by Dr. Robert Kushner and Dr. Michael Kaplan, provides practical tools designed for HCPs and their office staff who want to learn how to provide quality care to their patients with obesity.

These treatment modules are best viewed in desktop format

Meet the Experts

Learn expert obesity management techniques through HCP–patient interactions with Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS

  • Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Director, Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Past president of The Obesity Society, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists
  • Founder and Past Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Internationally recognized expert on the care of patients with pre-obesity and obesity

Improve obesity management with proper coding and documentation practices with Michael Kaplan, DO, ABOM

  • Chief Medical Officer and Founder, Obesity Management Systems
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital (Stony Brook, NY)
  • Owner, Long Island Weight Loss Institute
  • Expert in obesity billing, coding, and reimbursement who has trained more than 2,000 HCPs on integrating obesity medicine within a primary care practice

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Using weight history to inform an effective obesity treatment plan

Using Weight History to Inform an Effective Obesity Treatment Plan

Robert F. Kushner, MD

Learn how Dr. Kushner uses the OPQRST mnemonic to engage a patient about weight history. This interactive module demonstrates the benefits of having greater context about a patient’s struggle with obesity—including how much weight was gained, efforts taken to control their weight, and the effect that weight gain has had on their health.

1. Introduction

2. Onset

3. Participating events

4. Quality of life

5. Remedy

6. Setting

7. Temporal pattern

8. Eating & physical activity

Learn how Dr. Kushner uses the OPQRST mnemonic to engage a patient about weight history. This interactive module demonstrates the benefits of having greater context about a patient’s struggle with obesity—including how much weight gained, efforts taken to control their weight, and the effect that weight gain has had on the their health.

1. Introduction

2. Onset

3. Participating events

4. Quality of life

5. Remedy

6. Setting

7. Temporal pattern

8. Eating & physical activity

Estimated time: 24 mins

understanding proper documentation to better improve patient care

Understanding Proper Documentation to Better Improve Patient Care—Overview

Michael S. Kaplan, DO, ABOM

Proper weight management by a primary health care team is crucial for improving care, tracking patient progress, and reassessing a management plan. In this module, Dr. Kaplan discusses the value of using the 5As framework to document obesity care.

1. Providing obesity care in the clinic

2. Overview of insurance coverage for obesity

3. Closing

4. References

 

Proper weight management by a primary health care team is crucial for improving care, tracking patient progress, and reassessing a management plan. In this module, Dr. Kaplan discusses the value of using the 5As framework to document obesity care.

1. Providing obesity care in the clinic

2. Overview of insurance coverage for obesity

3. Closing

4. References

 

Estimated time: 14 mins

understanding proper documentation to better improve patient care - Medicare and Medicaid

Understanding Proper Documentation to Better Improve Patient Care—Medicare and Medicaid

Michael S. Kaplan, DO, ABOM

Dr. Kaplan details how proper documentation of a patient’s weight-management history impacts the availability of various health care services provided by Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.  

1. Affordable Care Act

2. Medicare benefits

3. Proper Medicare documentation principles

4. Preventative vs non-preventative obesity services

5. Medicaid benefits

6. Closing

7. References

Dr. Kaplan details how proper documentation of a patient’s weight management history impacts the availability of various health care services provided by Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

1. Affordable Care Act

2. Medicare benefits

3. Proper Medicare documentation principles

4. Preventative vs non-preventative obesity services

5. Medicaid benefits

6. Closing

7. References

Estimated time: 20 mins

understanding proper documentation to better improve patient care - commercial insurance

Understanding Proper Documentation to Better Improve Patient Care—Commercial Insurance

Michael S. Kaplan, DO, ABOM

Insurance plans often vary in coverage for the many elements of obesity care. In this module, Dr. Kaplan discusses the importance of having a better understanding of commercial insurance and understanding the role of employers in providing insurance that covers obesity care.

1 The employer’s role in commercial insurance

2. Proper commercial insurance documentation principles

3. State employee insurance plans

4. Closing

5. References

 

Insurance plans often vary in coverage for the many elements of obesity care. In this module, Dr. Kaplan discusses the importance of having a better understanding of commercial insurance and understanding the role of employers in providing insurance that covers obesity care.

1 The employer’s role in commercial insurance

2. Proper commercial insurance documentation principles

3. State employee insurance plans

4. Closing

5. References

 

Estimated time: 10 mins

Word matter - motivational interviewing

Words Matter—Motivational Interviewing

Robert F. Kushner, MD

Finding constructive interview strategies can make all the difference in motivating patients with obesity. This simulated, interactive model presents effective ways to discuss weight with your patients, including the importance of understanding their motivations and providing diet and activity tips to manage weight.

1. Diet

2. Physical activity

3. Broaching the topic

4. Diet & activity

5. Counseling

 

Finding constructive interview strategies can make all the difference in motivating patients with obesity. This simulated, interactive model presents effective ways to discuss weight with your patients, including the importance of understanding their motivations and providing diet and activity tips to manage weight.

1. Diet

2. Physical activity

3. Broaching the topic

4. Diet & activity

5. Counseling

 

Estimated time: 26 mins

setting provider-patient relationship expectations

Setting Provider-Patient Relationship Expectations

Michael S. Kaplan, DO, ABOM

Dr. Kaplan details the importance of treating obesity with the same devotion as other chronic conditions, which entails ensuring follow-up visits with a detailed obesity management plan, creating protocols to accommodate frequent office visits, and helping patients develop realistic weight-loss goals.

1. Defining obesity as a disease

2. Establishing weight-management visits

3. Creating office protocols to accommodate patients

4. Establishing realistic expectations

5. Ask the expert

6. Closing

7. References

Dr. Kaplan details the importance of treating obesity with the same devotion as other chronic conditions, which entails ensuring follow-up visits with a detailed obesity management plan, creating protocols to accommodate frequent office visits, and helping patients develop realistic weight-loss goals.

1. Defining obesity as a disease

2. Establishing weight management visits

3. Creating office protocols to accommodate patients

4. Establishing realistic expectations

5. Ask the expert

6. Closing

7. References

Estimated time: 13 mins

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