Caring for Patients with Obesity in a Managed Care Setting: Early and Appropriate Pharmacologic Intervention

Pricing: Free for Members and Non-Members

Course Description

Between 1999 and 2018, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4% and the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%. Obesity disproportionately affects African Americans, Hispanic populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Despite well-described health consequences associated with obesity, most clinicians do not discuss weight control options with their patients and often lack training and education in obesity management. This activity will provide education on effective obesity management strategies that combine lifestyle modifications, behavioral counseling, pharmacotherapy, and use of devices and/or surgery that is needed for managed care professionals to administer appropriate health care benefits and manage plan patients with obesity effectively and safely.


Target Audience

Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate improved ability to:

  1. Explain the long-term impact of obesity on health and the benefit of early intervention on the economic and disease burden.
  2. Apply current practice guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of adults with obesity.
  3. Review the full spectrum of obesity care options and the benefit of early pharmacologic intervention to achieve and maintain clinically meaningful and long-term weight loss.
  4. Interpret barriers that undermine obesity disease management and address strategies to reduce reluctance to provide weight-loss related care to patients with obesity.
  5. Discuss barriers that impede obesity disease management including health disparities and COVID-19
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Jeffrey Dunn, PharmD, MBA
Chief Clinical Officer
Cooperative Benefits Group (CBG)

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA
Obesity Medicine Physician for Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Director of Equity, Endocrine Division, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director of Diversity, Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard


The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

ACPE UAN: 0233-9999-22-030-H01-P • Activity Type: Knowledge-Based
Contact Hours: 0.5
Release Date: June 1, 2022 •  Expiration Date: December 31, 2023
Activity Fee: Free for Members and Non-Members


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