COLORADO TO INCLUDE BARIATRIC SURGERY AS PART OF STATEíS ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS IN 2017
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), despite a growing epidemic of obesity and severe obesity across the country, currently only 22 states require coverage of bariatric surgery in the state health exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thatís about to change. This month, Colorado became the first non-coverage state to reverse course by selecting a new benchmark plan that includes bariatric surgery and other obesity treatment services as an essential health benefit beginning in 2017... First National CDC Study on Hispanic Health Finds 23% Higher Prevalence of Obesity and
50% Higher Death from Diabetes
Hispanics have lower rates of death than whites from most of the 10 leading causes of death with two notable exceptions. Deaths from diabetes were 51 percent higher, while chronic liver disease was 48 percent higher... MBSAQIP: A Progress Report
The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) continues to make great strides in helping to improve patient care and contributing to continuous quality improvement. connect recently talked to Teresa R. Fraker, MS, RN, Program Administrator, MBSAQIP at the American College of Surgeons... Spotlight on: ASMBS Clinical Issues Committee The mission of the Clinical Issues Committee is to create evidence-based guidelines and position statements regarding clinical issues to enhance quality in bariatric surgery, patient care and to support ASMBS member practice. Connect checks in on the progress of the committee this year...