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Shifting Ground
Where the Fight for Patient Access Has Moved and Where it’s Headed
With the next open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set to begin in a just a few months, surgical, medical and patient advocacy groups are pressing federal and state officials to end what they see as discrimination and unnecessarily high barriers to care for patients with chronic health conditions...

Journal’s Impact Factor Getting Higher
Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), the official journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), rose one spot in the rankings of surgery journals, according to a new report from Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), published by Thomson Reuters...

UPDATE! Aetna Revises its Clinical Policy Bulletin on Bariatric Surgery
From ASMBS Insurance Committee -- Matthew Brengman, MD, Committee Chair
The Aetna Obesity Surgery policy has been updated with revisions. The clinical highlights are noted in his article. Aetna considers open or laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), open or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, open or laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) with or without duodenal switch (DS), or laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding (LASGB) medically necessary when the selection criteria listed below are met...