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Special Letter from the President: Honoring the Legacy of Mickey Stunkard, MD
I'm writing to share some unfortunate news, and honor the legacy of a world-renowned obesity researcher and psychiatrist. Albert "Mickey" Stunkard, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, passed away on July 12, 2014, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His wife, Margaret S. Maurin, and step-daughter, Elana Maurin, were by his side.
Dr. Stunkard, known as Mickey to friends and colleagues, was well known for his research on obesity and eating disorders. He authored more than 500 publications that enriched the understanding of obesity and advanced the prevention and treatment of the disease.
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Registration is Now Open for ObesityWeek℠ 2014: Top Five Reasons to Attend
You've been waiting ... and now it's time! Registration is open for ObesityWeek 2014 — where science and practice meet. The second annual conference kicks off at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, on November 2nd.
TOS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combine expertise to offer a comprehensive agenda on obesity surgery, treatment, prevention, public policy and more. You'll experience the scientific synergies created through the collaboration ... And, ONE registration fee covers both TOS and ASMBS meeting sessions and events. No other obesity meeting delivers this level of value. ASMBS and TOS Members: include your ASMBS or TOS username when registering to receive discounted rates.
Not yet convinced? Check out the Top Five Reasons Why You Don't Want to Miss ObesityWeek 2014 in this online video! You and your colleagues may even be featured if you attended ObesityWeek 2013. Don't forget to watch and share on social media with the hashtag #OW2014.
TOS Announces 2014 Award Winners!
TOS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Obesity Society Awards. The Awards Committee commends the following individuals who will receive the Society's highest honor for significant contributions to the field of obesity:
Awards will be presented at ObesityWeek℠ in Boston, MA, November 2-7, 2014. Congratulations to all recipients on this well-deserved honor!
- 2014 TOPS Research Achievement Award — Michael Goran, PhD, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California
- 2014 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award — Rachel Batterham, MD, PhD, Centre for Obesity Research, Department of Medicine, University College London (UCL)
- 2014 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award — Richard Atkinson, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
- 2014 George A. Bray Founders Award — Gary Foster, PhD, Weight Watchers
- 2014 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service — Martin Binks, PhD, Texas Tech University & Binks Behavioral Health
2014 Early-Career Research Grants Winners Announced!
Congratulations to Courtney Peterson, PhD, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and Christina Roberto, PhD, of Harvard School of Public Health, for winning this year's TOS Early-Career Research Grants. These women showed exemplary initiative in their obesity research proposals, earning them awards of $25,000 each for a one-year pilot study. Drs. Peterson and Roberto will be honored at an awards ceremony during the TOS Opening Session of ObesityWeek on Monday, November 3, 2014 from 5:15 – 6:30 pm.
TOS 2014 Early-Career Research Grants target junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees by funding proposals that demonstrate a high likelihood of resulting in new and innovative approaches in obesity research. Early-career investigators are defined as individuals who have received a PhD within the past five years, or MD within the past eight years, and who currently hold full-time, entry-level positions (e.g., post-doctoral fellow, instructor, assistant professor) at an established academic/research institution. More information about TOS's grant opportunities is available here.
Medicare May Pay More for Chronic Care Management (CCM) Services
On July 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2015. The proposed regulations include a number of items of interest to member groups of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC), including new codes for chronic care management.
CMS is proposing to make a separate payment to physicians for chronic care management (CCM) services they provide to patients. Specifically, the agency proposes a per-patient payment of $41.92 that can be billed no more than once per month for patients with two or more chronic conditions. The agency also proposes allowing greater flexibility in the supervision of clinical staff that provide CCM services.
In 2013, the OCC submitted comments on the proposed 2014 MPFS regarding CMS's plans for implementing additional payment for CCM services — expressing grave concern that obesity was not on Medicare's list of complex chronic conditions eligible for this new enhanced payment. Unfortunately, CMS has chosen to continue limiting the list of conditions to those outlined in the Medicare Chronic Conditions Chart Book.
The OCC is currently reviewing the details of the proposed regulations and will have more updates in next week's newsletter.
Don't Miss TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam at ObesityWeek 2014
TOS review course for the ABOM Exam, a pre-conference event held at ObesityWeek 2014, is designed to increase physicians' obesity knowledge in preparation for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
The review course will be held at ObesityWeek in Boston, Mass. on November 2 and 3, 2014 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Registration is now available at ObesityWeek.com. Those who register for TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam (and have met all the requirements for qualification) may submit their Pre-Con receipt as proof of registration with their exam application to meet the requirement for 30 live hours of CME.
- Describe the factors that predispose weight gain, including genetic factors, relevant neuropeptides, alterations in energy expenditure and environmental factors.
- Describe the appropriate steps in the evaluation of both adult and pediatric patients with obesity.
- List available options for treating obesity, including dietary strategies, physical activity interventions, medications and surgical options, and be able to determine which treatment is most appropriate for specific patient types.
- Describe appropriate behavioral approaches to treat of obesity.
There are only a few days left to meet the early application deadline for the certification exam! Register early and submit your application before July 21 to receive $250 off of your exam application fee.
Obesity Action Coalition Launches Your Weight Matters Convention Scholarship Program
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) recently launched the Convention Scholarship Program, which gives individuals the opportunity to attend OAC's annual Your Weight Matters National Convention, the nation's premier convention that empowers and arms individuals with evidence-based education to help them successfully manage their weight and health. The OAC's 3rd annual convention takes place September 25-28 in Orlando, FL, and will feature more than 50 educational topics, all to be presented by the country's leading experts on weight and health.
The Convention Scholarship Program is a newly developed initiative designed to help individuals by awarding grants to fund or offset the associated expenses to attend the convention. It was created in response to the tremendous need for individuals affected by excess weight and obesity to have access to quality education on weight and health. In its inaugural year, the Convention Scholarship Program will award a minimum of $7,500 in scholarships to individuals who submit an application by the deadline date — Friday, July 25, 2014.
We encourage you to share information about the program with your colleagues, friends and patients affected. For more information visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
IIakkuvan V, Tacelosky M, Ivey KC, Pearson JL, Cantrell J, Vallone DM, Abrams DB, and Kirchner TR. Cameras for public health surveillance: A methods protocol for crowdsourced annotation of point-of-scale photographs. JMIR Research Protocols. 2014;3(2):e22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24717168
If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Anne Gilmore (email@example.com), and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.
Howie L, Hirsch B, Locklear T, and Abernethy AP. Assessing the value of patient-generated data to comparative effectiveness research. Health Affairs. 2014 Jul;33(7):1220-1228. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25006149
Miller AS, Cafazzo JA, and Seto E. A game plan: Gamification design principles in mHealth applications for chronic disease management. Health Informatics Journal. 2014 Jul1; Epub ahead of print. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24986104
Letter from the FDA: Progress Update on FDASIA
In a recent letter from the FDA, Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, provides a status report for the second anniversary of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA). Dr. Hamburg proclaims that the FDA has stayed on schedule with its FDASIA activities and highlights recent work, including prevention of drug shortages, better patient engagement and the promotion of innovation.
Read the full announcement from the FDA here.
Study: Obesity epidemic hitting Hispanics hard
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Obesity is a growing problem among Hispanic Americans, especially among young adults, a new study shows.
After analyzing data from more than 16,300 Hispanics in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego, the researchers found that 18 percent of women and 12 percent of men had a body mass index over 35.
Severe childhood obesity shows a decline in New York City
Appearing to buck national trends, the prevalence of severe obesity among school children in New York City was down by almost 10 percent in the 2010-11 school year from 2006-07, researchers reported.
Severe obesity can cut nearly 14 years off your life
People who are severely obese may lose as many as 14 years off their life, a new study suggests.
U.S. researchers pooled data from 20 previous studies and found that a body mass index greater than 40 — considered severe obesity — raises the odds of dying early from heart disease, cancer and diabetes compared to people of normal weight.
Public health groups could reduce childhood obesity with Twitter tactics
American Journal of Public Health via Healio
A recent study showed that physicians, health organizations and makers of public policy could use Twitter to prevent and treat childhood obesity. While Twitter is known to be popular among lower-income individuals, few public health organizations are active in social media; this represents a lost opportunity to improve communication and share medical advice, according to the study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Nothing about us without us
Props to the Institute of Medicine Obesity Solutions Roundtable for honoring the principle of "nothing about us without us." While much obesity policy is made without input from people directly affected, the IOM Roundtable devoted the entire day Tuesday to considering severe obesity, weight bias, and the impact upon people affected.
Food serving sizes vs. reality
Serving sizes are ridiculous. Here's proof.
4 times to outsmart temptation
You probably know timing is everything when it comes to the stock market, booking airfare, and photobombing. It could make a big difference in your diet, too. A recent nationwide study that asked participants when they felt most likely to abandon their healthy eating habits found some interesting patterns among the 7,500 responses.
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