Published in February Issue             

ASMBS Partners with MGMA to Expand Compensation and Production Survey

The ASMBS has partnered with Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) to boost bariatric surgeon and Integrated Health participation in the MGMA Provider Compensation and Production Survey. MGMA collects data from thousands of medical practices nationwide to produce annual benchmarking survey reports about compensation and industry standards for physician and non-physician providers.

“We would like to see good participation this year from our members to better inform the survey, despite the fact the survey does not currently distinguish bariatric surgeons and health professionals from general surgeons. We are working with MGMA to change that for next year and the more members we have participating, the greater ability we have to justify the distinction. Treating patients with obesity requires a high level of expertise and specialized skills and we want the survey to better illustrate these proficiencies. This will be an important undertaking,” said Samer Matter, MD, Secretary/Treasurer of ASMBS. To learn more or complete the survey, click here. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 4th.

ASMBS Receives Grant to Create “Humanism in Bariatric Surgery Award”

The ASMBS received a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to establish the “Humanism in Bariatric Surgery Award.” The foundation is a non-profit organization that works with healthcare professionals to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. The award will be presented at next year's LEAD Luncheon during ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans. Award guidelines will be announced in the coming months. Dr. John Morton and ASMBS Executive Director, Georgeann Mallory, prepared the grant application on behalf of the ASMBS.

Save the Date! ASMBS Obesity Week-End Las Vegas: Annual Clinical Symposium, June 23-25 in Las Vegas

As an international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity, Obesity Week-End offers attendees more than 20 CME/MOC/CE hours of education, 12 live surgeries from around the world and three full days of surgical and integrated health courses. To see an overview of the schedule click here. Registration will begin soon!

Obesity Action Coalition Welcomes New Board Chairwoman for 2016

Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, was appointed Chairwoman of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). Ms. Huett-Garcia is a six-year post-op bariatric surgery patient who joined the OAC in 2009. Shortly after becoming a member, she joined the Advocacy Committee and was later invited to participate in the National Board of Directors. She is also a former Your Weight Matters National Convention Committee Chair. In 2014, Ms. Huett-Garcia was the recipient of the 2014 OAC Chairman’s Award. In a press release from OAC, Ms. Huett-Garcia commented, “Who fights for people affected by the disease of obesity? I got that answer by finding the Obesity Action Coalition. The experience of millions of Americans is not just valid and important, but it’s also being ignored. It can’t continue, and the OAC has made it very loud and clear that it won’t let that happen.” To read the full news release click here.