Published in December 2014 Issue             

ASMBS Represented on AMA CPT Advisory Committee

Dr. Matthew Brengman was officially appointed to the American Medical Association (AMA) CPT Advisory Committee as the “primary advisor” representing the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr. Brengman is chair of the ASMBS Insurance Committee. The CPT Advisory Committee supports the CPT Editorial Panel, which is tasked with ensuring that CPT codes remain up to date and reflect the latest medical care provided to patients. The members of the Advisory Committee are primarily physicians nominated by the national medical specialty societies represented in the AMA House of Delegates.

SOARD Journal Now on Twitter

The Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD) and the SOARD Journal Club launched their official Twitter account on December 2nd. Readers can find links to the latest issue of SOARD, as we all monthly-featured articles. You can follow SOARD on Twitter @SOARDJC or
clicking here.

ASMBS Patient Learning Center

The ASMBS Patient Learning Center is a user-friendly resource that helps educate patients about bariatric surgery. The Center provides in-depth information in 14 sections guiding patients through every aspect of surgery, from Bariatric Surgery FAQs, to Making Choices About Surgeons, Bariatric Surgery Misconceptions, Finding a Provider and Benefits and Life After Bariatric Surgery. For further information on the ASMBS Patient Learning Center, click here.

Obesity Action Coalition Gives Over 500 Memberships Away

The Obesity Action Coalition gave away more than 500 free memberships to individuals wishing to learn more about their weight, improve their quality of health and lend their voice to the organization. The free OAC membership drive was part of #GivingTuesday, and the first part in a month-long effort by the OAC to inspire individuals to become engaged in the Coalition and support its efforts. Throughout the month of December, the OAC is encouraging individuals to donate to the OAC with its “Because of You” year-end
fundraising campaign.

IFSO15 20th World Congress to be Held at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria

The 20th IFSO World Congress to be held at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, from August 26th – 29th, 2015. The focus will be on the newly growing discipline of metabolic surgery, endoluminal and mini invasive approaches, as well as the concept of team management. The organizing committee is planning a green meeting that seeks to balance the social, environmental, and economic concerns against business needs. Visit, for more information.