This interactive session will provide a forum for all members of the bariatric surgery team to discuss issues that impact practice management. Designed with applicable practice in mind, our speakers will discuss optimal staffing, insurance verification, billing and coding, connection with primary care providers, integration of medical management pre and post-surgery, and the administrative side of managing long-term weight and non-responders to primary treatment. Programs are both struggling and thriving with the additional challenges that we have experienced since the pandemic, our members have ideas to share and learn from each other. We’ve built in polling, discussion, and plenty of time to interact with each other so we can all elevate our practice!

Learning Objectives

  1. Address role of obesity stigma and insurance issues for practice management
  2. Consider best practices for bariatric programs to integrate with primary care providers in their network
  3. Discuss role of the medical weight management team for pre-surgical patients getting ready for surgery and post-surgical patients experiencing weight regain
  4. Describe functioning pathways for patients experiencing weight regain (Requirements, testing, procedures, follow up, expectations)

11:00am Introduction
Connie Klein, NPC CBN
11:05am Practice Management Pearls
Nina Crowley, PhD RD LD
11:25am Pulling in Primary Care
Scott Kahan, MD MPH
11:45am Discussion
12:05pm Break
12:20pm Building Medical Management of Obesity into Your Practice
Deborah Horn, DO
12:40pm Administrative Management of Weight Regain in Your Practice
Meghan Ariagno, RD
1:00pm Discussion
1:20pm Closing Question & Answer
2:00pm Adjourn