Grand Hyatt San Antonio

September 21-22, 2017

A conference designed to put success in the hands of Bariatric Program Coordinators, Clinic Administrators and Dietitians​

Join with your peers for a unique conference on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk with an emphasis on building relationships within the bariatric industry, gaining understanding of the requirements for accreditation, getting the tools to develop Best Practices in your bariatric program and all while earning valuable CEU credits!

Conference Registration
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP-3285, for 15 contact hours credit. Accepted in most mandatory CE states for continuing education credit. Also accepted for many national certifications. Call for details, 1-800-743-4006. Approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 8 CPEU’s.

Program Overview

This interactive conference will focus on giving the bariatric coordinator and/or dietitian the tools needed to establish and/or maintain a successful bariatric surgery program and will include:

    • Key components of a successful bariatric program regardless of program size or volume
    • Discussing the MBSAQIP accreditation standards and the key personnel required for program compliance
    • Strategies to assist the coordinator in bariatric program basics and planning for MBSAQIP accreditation
    • Learning the surveyor expectations and how to prepare for the actual site survey from an MBSAQIP surveyor
    • Interpreting the MBSAQIP semi-annual report for meaningful use in a bariatric surgery program
    • Strategies for improving overall quality and safety of the bariatric program
    • Developing a culture of collaboration and data review with peers
    • Providing accurate explanations of the program outcomes and learning to utilize the various registry reports and CPT codes
    • How to accelerate quality improvement by implementing “Best Practices”
    • Learn how to develop system based audit tools to monitor accuracy and consistency
    • Reviewing the physiology of exercise and weight loss
    • Understanding the types of exercise that are most advantageous for weight loss
    • Utilizing accountability tools to create a successful exercise program
    • Understanding the purpose and intent of the Behavioral Health Evaluation
    • Addressing “the standard of care” from the psychologist’s perspective and discussing the educational component of the behavioral health evaluation
    • Clarifying the dynamics of behavior change
    • Discussing the resistance/reluctance of patients attending support groups and the changes in motivation for success after surgery
    • Learning how to effectively utilize social media to improve communication and marketing within your bariatric program
    • Utilizing time management and organizational skills within the patient throughput process that will minimize duplication of efforts
    • Recognizing implicit and explicit bias and ways to minimize the effects to the patient
    • How to identify new mechanisms of support for the bariatric patient and verbalize how to integrate them into your program
    • Understanding basic digestion and absorption of macro and micro nutrients and how this changes following metabolic and bariatric surgery
    • Identifying the most common nutrition related deficiencies following surgery
    • Describing bariatric specific nutritional resources, clinical practice guidelines, medical society sponsored position statements in order to enhance office protocols and align nutritional messaging within the office/practice team
    • Identifying the health consequences of nutrition related deficiencies
    • Discussing ASMBS micronutrient guideline recommendations
    • Understanding how protocols within the practice may help improve patient adherence to micronutrient supplementation
    • Sharing program challenges and discussing ways to implement change
    • How to use mindfulness techniques to help keep patients engaged, inspired and successful
    • Learning techniques for using mindfulness to help with the coordinators personal and professional life
    • Understanding the definition of Resilience and Wellbeing
    • Learning the importance of self-care and how to enhance wellbeing
    • Strategies for increasing patient retention and providing opportunities for increased patient participation in support groups
    • Individualizing patient education to ensure understanding of surgery requirements and financial considerations
    • Learning how to increase conversion rates from seminar to surgery and decrease patients that are lost to follow up

Conference Speakers

Lynne has been in the field of bariatric surgery for 17 years.  Before starting her own consulting company in 2014, she was responsible for the ASMBS Center of Excellence program as the Vice President of Clinical Quality and Compliance.  Lynne has performed almost 1,000 site inspections and has vast experience in accreditation and in quality improvement. There is no one in the bariatric specialty that has more experience in evaluating bariatric programs.   Her honesty, candor and experience help her to bring practical solutions to new and well-established bariatric programs throughout the country.  She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida where her favorite role is that of “YaYa” to her two precious grandchildren.
Dr. Richard Peterson is the Chief of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Department of Surgery in San Antonio, TX. He is one of the site surveyors for the MBSAQIP and serves on the MBSAQIP Standards Committee. He Course Director for the National Social Media for Bariatric Surgery, serves as Chairman of the ASMBS Communication Committee, is a member of the ASMBS Program Committee, and serves as Associate Editor of SOARD. Dr. Peterson was an active duty military surgeon in the Air Force from 2006-2010 and was a consultant for Bariatrics to the US Air Force Surgeon General. He is the Immediate Past President for the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery and was the Chair for the ASMBS Public Education Committee. He is also on the ASMBS Access to Care Committee and is working towards improved coverage for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Peterson has authored many research papers and is a frequent national speaker on topics related to bariatric surgery. We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Peterson’s expertise and passion for the specialty participate in this conference and share his experiences as a surveyor.
Cassie I. Story, RDN, is a dietitian who has been working with surgical and non-surgical weight loss patients for the past 13 years. She is the Clinical Science Liaison for Bariatric Advantage where she helps educate other health care professionals around the unique nutritional needs of weight loss surgery patients. She serves on the Executive Counsel of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the Network Director, is a Scientific Advisor for Apollo EndoSurgery, and a frequent contributor to Your Weight Matters Magazine published by the Obesity Action Coalition. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her two daughters in Arizona.
Pam Davis is a Certified Bariatric Nurse and a bariatric surgery patient. Pam has authored and co-authored articles, encyclopedia entries, patient education materials, and practice guidelines for treating those affected by obesity. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Award of Service Excellence from the Case Management Society of America and is the 2015 recipient of the Integrated Health Circle of Excellence award from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
As Director of Centennial Center for Weight Management in Nashville, Pam has served as Chairman of the board of the Obesity Action Coalition, President of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee and Chair of the Integrated Health Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee of ASMBS. Pam currently serves on the board of directors for the OAC, Tennessee Chapter of ASMBS, ASMBS executive council and is the Integrated Health President Elect.
Dr. Cyndi Inkpen holds a Doctorate in Health Care Administration after successfully completing and defending her dissertation titled, Changing the Face of Childhood Obesity, One Family at a Time: Exploratory Multiple Case Study. She holds master’s degrees in Public Health Administration and Marriage and Family and Community Counseling, as well as nationally-accredited Bariatric Support Group certifications. Her concentration is on training and development of medical staff and ancillary staff in the areas of risk management, HIPAA, diversity and sensitivity training with an emphasis on treating patients suffering from obesity. Development and implementation of the patient advocacy, education, support, and outreach programs are key focus areas. Dr. Inkpen is a member of the Obesity Action Coalition, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons and Allied Health Professionals. Currently, Dr. Cyndi Inkpen serves as Obesity PPM’s Chief Operations Officer.
Sameera Has been working as a bariatric coordinator for the past 8 years at NorthShore University Hospital on Long Island in NY. In addition to being a physician assistant she also is a registered dietitian and works with the practice dietitian’s in meeting the nutritional needs of her patients. She also sees bariatric patients in her private practice both pre and post op. Sameera co-authored the pulmonary nutrition chapter for the latest edition of Krause Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 14th edition. She has worked as an MBSCR and has a real interest in utilizing data to ensure quality improvement within the bariatric surgery practice.
Julia Karlstad has over 12 years directing exercise programs within medically based programs and facilities as well as creating, developing and implementing health and fitness programs. With graduate degrees in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine as well as Exercise Science, she is an expert in fitness, nutrition and overall wellness. Julia is the founder of JKFITNESS; a health and fitness studio providing personal training, metabolic testing, nutritional programs, fitness consulting, corporate wellness, boot camps, specialty group training classes and is an excellent motivational speaker. She specializes in weight loss and has aligned her business to work extensively with numerous medical professionals in the bariatric surgery and weight loss specialty. She has a passion for wellness and loves to utilize her expertise to positively motivate people towards a more healthy lifestyle.
Seán G. Connolly, Ph.D. is a practicing psychologist and neuropsychologist in San Antonio, TX. He graduated from University of Arizona, spent six years at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and has been in private practice in San Antonio since 1980. The focus of his practice has been on health and rehabilitation psychology. He has been involved in bariatric surgery work for about twenty years, and has worked with about twenty bariatric surgeons in the San Antonio area over the years. Other areas of specialty are chronic pain, brain trauma, and various disabling conditions. The culture of his practice is to provide quality behavioral health services, including assessments, education, and therapy, in a caring, supportive and encouraging environment.
Harpreet is a Family Nurse practitioner and most recently served as Senior Practice Advisor at the American Nurses Association. She helped launch a multidisciplinary medical weight-loss program at a community hospital. She brings over two decades of experience in various clinical and management roles at hospitals. Her belief in one’s inner capacity to heal has led her to gain knowledge in Eastern modalities like Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Healing Imagery etc. She is currently enrolled in Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with Integrative Health and Healing track at University of Minnesota. Her interests include health and wellness, wellbeing, mindful pausing, self-compassion, weight-loss management, health coaching, program management and integrative health. She is married and lives with her husband and three children in Virginia and loves her work at Sibley Memorial.

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