Obesity: Impact on Disease and Reducing Risks
This activity is part of an education series that focuses on clinically relevant topics germane to care coordination and disease management in an effort to reduce (re)admissions and educate health care providers on how best to empower their patients.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare Community & State.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in obesity.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Define obesity
- Identify the tools used to diagnose and evaluate obesity
- State the causes and incidence of obesity
- Identify strategies to discuss obesity management with individuals
- Recognize the case managers role in managing individuals with obesity
Joe Bedford, MD
Medical Director, Community Plans of Texas
Dr. Bedford earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University and his medical degree from Howard University. He completed a family medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals and was appointed Chief Resident. Dr. Bedford has been is a medical director with UnitedHealthcare Community and State-Texas since December 2010. In that time, he has played a role in the substantial growth of the health plan, including pioneering the Hidalgo SDA and the addition of the DSNP, Nursing Facilities, IDD and STAR Kids programs. True to his training, he is a generalist who works with all programs at the UHC health plan. His role has evolved from utilization review to case management and oversight functions. He worked as an emergency room physician in the US Virgin Islands, and, after completing his health care policy fellowship, he worked in academic medicine. He has held full-time faculty appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and the UT Southwestern (Dallas) and the UT Houston (McGovern) medical schools. Before joining UHC, he was a medical director with a local health plan in Houston, Texas, that is affiliated with Harris Health systems. His goal is to deliver outstanding, evidence-based, preventive care to our members in a multidisciplinary manner. He firmly believes in a team approach to managing our members and fully appreciates our frontline staff.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statement
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 Attendance
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