American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Coverage for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This article contains a complimentary physician handout. To downloadable PDF of of this handout click HERE. by John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS Dr. Morton is from the Section of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California. He is also Chairperson of ASMBS Access to Care Committee Bariatric Times. 2012;9(9):14–15
First Prescription Weight Loss Treatment Approved by FDA in 13 Years SAN DIEGO, California and WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey (PRNewswire)—Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eisai Inc. announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved lorcaserin hydrochloride. The drug will be available under the brand name Belviq (pronounced BEL-VEEK) and will serve as [...]
CLEVELAND CLINIC STUDY SHOWS BARIATRIC SURGERY IMPROVES, REVERSES DIABETES—Significant Decreases in Blood Sugar May Lead to Fewer Medications CLEVELAND, Ohio (Cleveland Clinic)—Overweight, diabetic patients who underwent bariatric surgery achieved significant improvement or remission of their diabetes, according to new research from Cleveland Clinic.
Medicare Announces that it will Now Pay for Obesity Counseling WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (MedPageToday.com and ABC News)—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare announced that it will pick up the tab for obesity screening and intensive behavioral counseling. CMS, which first floated the obesity coverage plan last September, said it expects more [...]