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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Decision to Nix Accreditation Requirement a Major Setback to Our Patients, Specialty, and Society

| October 21, 2013

Dear Readers: Welcome to another great edition of Bariatric Times. In this month’s “Checklists in Bariatric Surgery,” I decided to include the Cleveland Clinic Florida classification of what we call “reoperative surgery.” Most people still call those “revisions,” but as you read the column you will see what we mean as we have grouped them […]

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Counting Down to Obesity Week 2013: We Hope to See You There

| September 23, 2013

Dear Readers: Welcome to another exciting edition of our magazine. I just returned from the 18th World Congress of the International Federation for The Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) in Istanbul, Turkey, and I am pleased to report that, as in previous years, this was an excellent meeting. Despite the unstable political situation […]

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Presenting the 9th Annual Bariatric Times Buyers Guide

| August 21, 2013

Dear Readers: Time is moving fast and we are only four months away from our first Obesity Week Clinical Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. I recommend, if you are planning to attend Obesity Week, that you make hotel reservations now. From what I am hearing, it looks like we are going to break all-time records with […]

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Comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Proposed Decision on the Centers of Excellence (COE)/Accreditation Requirement for Medicare Patients: Hoping They Reconsider

| July 12, 2013

Dear Colleagues: I am starting this editorial with mixed feelings. I am happy and excited that the American Medical Association (AMA) has finally recognized obesity as a disease process. This milestone in healthcare should be seen as a major victory to all of us that are working in the bariatric field and have been battling […]

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Issues New Recommendations to Fight Childhood Obesity

| June 13, 2013

Dear readers of Bariatric Times: In this issue, we first present an interview with Dr. Wayne English in our “Ask the Leadership” column. Dr. English shares with us the most important and up-to-date information regarding the new accreditation standards under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). A thanks and congratulations […]

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Surgical Education is in Crisis: Call for All Alumni to Get Involved, Contribute to the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships

| May 15, 2013

Dear readers of Bariatric Times: I just returned from Baltimore, Maryland, after attending the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

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American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Issue Updated Guidelines Outlining Optimal Management of Bariatric Surgery Patient Care

| April 12, 2013

Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: As we get ready for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) 29th annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, this month we present another new and exciting issue of Bariatric Times.

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Introducing “Ask the Leadership.” This month ASMBS President-Elect Dr. Ninh Nguyen Discusses the Controversy Surrounding Accredited Bariatric Centers

| March 18, 2013

Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: With the advent of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) and the previous popularity and, in my opinion, excessive use of laparoscoping adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), we have seen a large number of gastric bands being removed and converted to either a Roux-em-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) or LSG.

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“Medicine is Changing and So Should We:” Commentary on the New Proposed Guidelines of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

| February 21, 2013

Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: By now you may be familiar with the controversy that was recently unleashed following the release of the new suggested guidelines and standards for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)/American College of Surgeons (ACS) accreditation program called the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and […]

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Surgery and Incentive Programs May Help in Preventing Obesity Rates from Rising Worldwide, but Lifestyle Changes will Always Play a Role

| January 21, 2013

Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: I hope you had a great start in 2013. This year promises to be an exciting one for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). First, 2013 brings the implementation of the ASMBS and American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and […]

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