This guide is a unique tool for health care providers that offers guidance and suggestions on how to initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. The tool is designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.
STOP Director, Dr. Bill Dietz, recently published an article in Health Affairs. Along with a group of co-authors with expertise in research, clinical care, health policy, and public health, Dr. Dietz offered a new model for addressing the obesity epidemic, one that reaches beyond clinical intervention to include community systems as well. The paper proposes a modern framework, integrated in its approach to address both the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related chronic diseases. Accompanying the article is a figure which illustrates this proposed framework.
Over the course of 2015, STOP Obesity Alliance added several new members, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Egg Nutrition Center, Healthy Weight Partnership, Dr. Monique Turner, TogoRun, and the World Obesity Federation. Now more than ever, our Alliance includes a range of organizations that represent voices crucial to addressing the obesity epidemic.
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The American Medical Group Association represents medical groups, including some of the nation’s largest, most prestigious integrated health care delivery systems and advocates for the multispecialty medical group model of health care delivery and for the patients served by medical groups through innovation and information sharing, benchmarking, leadership development, and continuous striving to improve patient care.
Perspective: Early Identification and Treatment of Risk Factors
The Association conducts research projects and learning collaboratives to better understand current practices in early identification and treatment of risk factors that are known to increase patients’ risk of:
Based on recent research published in peer-reviewed journals, it is understood that the growth in Medicare spending is largely due to treatment of these health conditions. The rise in the number of patients needing treatment for obesity and other serious risk factors, highlights the need to develop models and standards of care designed to address the clinical problems facing patients with multiple complex morbidities.
The American Medical Group Association assembled an expert panel from medical groups and industry to assist in developing a survey to help us learn about medical groups’ efforts to develop a business case that will allow them to adequately treat these individuals as care is needed. A report on the results of this survey will be available to survey participants and other interested parties in early September. Based on theses results, the Association intends to develop resources and tools to assist medical groups in implementing best practices to reduce morbidity and mortality in patients with risk factors including obesity.