397. Mission Possible: Changing Reimbursement Policy for Obesity Prevention and Treatment
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.
- 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
- 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.
Director, Nutrition Services Coverage
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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