As you know, CMS recently published a proposed decision memo which will LIMIT Medicare sleeve gastrectomy coverage to only a randomized control trial basis for five years. We need your help NOW to provide full Medicare coverage for Sleeve Gastrectomy. Lack of CMS coverage for sleeve gastrectomy may potentially imperil future commercial coverage.
We have reached a critical time for public response to the proposed Medicare ruling on whether the Sleeve Gastrectomy will be covered. We need as many comments to CMS as possible before thedeadline on April 28, 2012. The evidence in support of coverage is strong, and you need to make sure your voice is heard.
A sample comment is provided here that you can copy, revise, and paste into the comment box: Sample Comment
To post a comment please go to: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Website - Submit a Formal Comment
Remember the “CMS PHI Posting Policy” link below MUST be clicked on and the policy read before the “I have read and understand…” checkbox can be checked. None of the data entry fields will be enabled until the policy is read and the checkbox selected.
PS - Get your patients involved too – they can use the Obesity Action Coalition’s A Patient’s Guide to Advocating for Improved Access to Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery under Medicare to help them make comments.
Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS, FASMBS
President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
John Morton, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Access to Care Chair, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS, FASMBS
President-Elect, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Ninh Nguyen, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Secretary-Treasurer, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Matthew Brengman, MD
Insurance Chair, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery