This course is designed for experienced and novice health care professionals and will focus on practice and quality care initiatives with an emphasis on patient volume, reducing readmissions, integrating recent national nutrition dietary guidelines and ICD 10 while improving outcomes. In addition, the recently approved ASMBS Presurgical Psychosocial Recommendations will be presented.


8:00am Welcome and Introduction
8:05am From Start to Surgery: Use Utilization of a the Multi-disciplinary Team and Triage System to Increase Volume and Navigate a Pathway to Surgery
Karen Schulz, MSN CNS CBN
8:35am USDA Nutrition Guidelines 2015; How Does this Effect my Practice?
Patrick Mahaney, RD LDN CPT
9:05am Shifting the Conversation Away from Weight-Only Surgical Outcomes
Stephanie Sogg, PhD
9:30am ICD 10: What Now?
Ann Couch, RN CBN CPC
10:00am Break
10:30am Meeting Quality Metrics for Readmissions and Patient Satisfaction: An Interactive Workshop
Karen Schulz, MSN CNS CBN
11:15am Hot Off the Presses: The 2016 Updated Recommendations for the Psychosocial Evaluation of Bariatric Surgery Patients
Stephanie Sogg, PhD
12:00pm Adjourn