The Year in Obesity: Some of the Big Stories of 2016
Obesity and bariatric & metabolic surgery continued to be hot topics for the news media in 2016. This year saw major coverage of new numbers from CDC that showed a higher prevalence of obesity in America, particularly among women; endorsement of metabolic surgery for diabetes; findings from the ASMBS Poll on Obesity; mounting evidence over cancer risks of obesity; new long-term data about bariatric surgery; and the availability of new treatments for obesity, including those with moderate obesity. ASMBS Milestones in 2016
Results from the Decreasing Readmissions through Opportunities Provided (DROP), the first initiative focused on hospital readmissions developed through Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) were announced at ObesityWeek 2016. Committee Spotlight: Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee
The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee of ASMBS, voted Committee of the Year for 2016 by the ASMBS Executive Council, was formed to support the mission and values of the society by promoting continuous improvement in patient safety and risk reduction. These goals are achieved by the integration and coordination of patient safety initiatives of member surgeons.