397. Mission Possible: Changing Reimbursement Policy for Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Sunday, October 21
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 150 AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141233

More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, resulting in $210 billion spent annually on obesity-related disease. Investment in evidence-based policies and practices can make a difference in addressing this epidemic. This session will showcase how private and public payers and employers are joining together in a first-ever collective initiative providing obesity prevention and treatment for individuals of all ages on a national scale. This session will provide an overview of the pledge creation process, discuss how public-private partnerships can drive system change, and explain how to bring more partners to the table to provide more coverage and lower costs. Learn how you can play a role in implementing and expanding this innovative pledge to provide millions of individuals with consistent coverage to support healthy weight.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how public-private partnerships can drive system change around preventative and comprehensive child and adult obesity treatment.
  • Gain strategies on how to engage private non-health focused companies around covering preventative and comprehensive child and adult obesity treatments.
  • Advocate with public and private payers for consistent coverage for RDN-provided nutrition services for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4010 – Community intervention, monitoring, evaluation
  • 7170 – Reimbursement, coverage
  • 1080 – Legislation, public policy

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.1.3 Collaborates with community partners and stakeholders in promoting nutritional health and disease prevention.
  • 14.2.7 Negotiates payment and reimbursement for customers/patients in order to promote access to care.
  • 3.2.1 Advocates for, and participates in, activities that support advancement of the profession.


  • Marsha Schofield

    Director, Nutrition Services Coverage

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Jenny Bogard, MPH

    Director of Healthcare Strategies

    Alliance for a Healthier Generation

  • Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD

    Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program Coordinator, Bariatric Dietitian

    Medical University of South Carolina