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American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Coverage for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

| September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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

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News and Trends—July 2012

| July 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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News and Trends—June 2012

| June 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sleeve Gastrectomy With Transit Bipartition: A Potent Intervention for Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity From Santoro S, Castro LC, Velhote MC, et al. Ann Surg. 2012 May 17. [Epub ahead of print]

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News and Trends—April 2012

| April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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News and Trends—December 2011

| December 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

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 […]

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News and Trends—November 2011

| November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

The ASMBS Releases Updated Position Statement on Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Bariatric Procedure

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News and Trends—August 2010

| August 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

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News and Trends—July 2010

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News and Trends—June 2010

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Aetna Inc., UnitedHealthcare to Cover Sleeve Gastrectomy—ASMBS Announces Support of Policy Changes

| May 19, 2010 | 2 Comments

GAINESVILLE, Florida—The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) announced its support of recent policy changes by Aetna Inc. and UnitedHealthcare. The national health insurance companies will now cover laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a newer method of bariatric surgery that is becoming increasingly popular as a treatment for morbid obesity.

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