Obesity Care Model Collaborative (OCMC)
While there are many different treatment options for patients diagnosed with
obesity, a reliable and universally accepted care model does not exist. AMGA
Foundation aims to change this through its Obesity Care Model Collaborative
(OCMC), a three-year initiative that will provide a framework for expanded work
on the disease.
The OCMC brings medical groups and health systems from across the country
together to share strategies and best practices for treating obesity.
Participating organizations also submit obesity care data to AMGA, which will
synthesize, analyze and report on any data trends discovered.
This data, combined with the anecdotal evidence participants gather from
their peers, will be used to create a reliable framework for successfully
OCMC is also supported by an Advisory Committee of physicians and quality improvement experts to help guide the development of the collaborative.
Accomplishments/Successes (So Far)
The following are several interventions OCMC participants have implemented as
a result of the program.
- Obesity Clinic: A new
clinic was created as a strategy to address obesity in the patient population.
- Obesity Support Group: A
physician-led community support program was created for patients suffering from
- Shared Medical Appointments: Group appointments for obesity and diabetes, obesity and comorbidities, and
obesity and chronic pain were expanded.
- Metabolic Care Program: A
program focusing on culinary medicine was launched.
- “Weight for You” Program:
This three-month program focused on obesity and primary care.
- Community Garden/Food
Pharmacy: A garden and healthy food bank was created to engage community
members while providing healthy food for patients and the larger community.
- Community Partnership: A
partnership was formed between a member and a third-party organization to
establish a social media-based cooking class.
- Community Resources:
Hospitals and clinics established centers to identify patient resources within
the community and provide patients with information about them.
- Reducing Disparities:
Three members began assessing of their organization’s obesity care framework as
it relates to equity.
- Nurse Navigator: A new
position was created to assist providers caring for patients with obesity and to
connect patients with available resources.
- Best Practice Alerts: A
system of alerts for documenting BMI was implemented into an EMR.
- Clinic Environment:
Several groups made environmental changes to better accommodate patients with
obesity (i.e., larger blood pressure cuffs, larger gowns, wider chairs in
waiting area, etc.). One group designated an exam room in each practice
specifically to patients with obesity.
- Patient Champions: Patient
champions were selected to directly represent the interests of stakeholders
during the development of obesity care programs.
Photos From OCMC In-Person Meetings
AMGA Foundation president John Kennedy, M.D., introduces speaker, Lee Kaplan, M.D. Director, Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Institute at
Massachusetts General Hospital.
Elizabeth Ciemins, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., AMGA’s research and analytics director presents a focus group data measurement update to the group.
Princeton Family Institute co-founder and director Norbert Wetzel, Th.D., discusses the “individual, medical, relational, and contextual views of patients
Participants from Confluence Health and Iowa Clinic share EHR and workflow strategies with one another.
Novant Health and Tulane convene to discuss provider/staff education and engagement best practices.
OCMC participants take part in a framework group activity.
OCMC participants and AMGA staff met in November 2018 for their third in-person meeting.
“The obesity data AMGA collected and analyzed throughout this program has
been extremely valuable. This data can’t be found anywhere else, though; it’s
unique to this program and the providers in it.”
– Dr. Timothy Garvey, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama Birmingham
“Knowledge and best practices are meant to be shared, and these meetings
allow us to do just that. This collaborative has exposed us to new ideas and
strategies, many of which we may never have thought of on our own.”
– Dr. Marianne Sumego, M.D., Physician, Community Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
“This program empowers better practice and influences the delivery of higher
quality care. AMGA’s staff does a remarkable job, and I’m very thankful for the
opportunity to be a participant!”
– 2018-2019 OCMC Participant
Current Learning Collaborative Members: click below to view the Learning Collaborative materials and information.
Questions or Comments? If you have additional questions or need further information, please contact Erin Leaver-Schmidt by email
or by phone at (703) 838-0033, ext. 390.