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Unified National Accreditation Program for Bariatric Surgery Centers Announced by American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Download PDF News from the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Contact: Sally Garneski (ACS) Email: pressinquiry@facs.org Keith Taylor (ASMBS) Phone: 212-527-7537 Unified National Accreditation Program for Bariatric Surgery Centers Announced by  American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery CHICAGO  (March 9, 2011): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) announced plans today to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. As of April 1,...
Major Medical Societies Urge Medicare to Reconsider Proposed Decision to Drop Bariatric Surgery Facility Certification Requirement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2013 Decision May Significantly Raise Risk of Mortality for Medicare Bariatric Surgical Patients GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering a reversal of its 2006 decision requiring certification of facilities that perform bariatric surgery, a move the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and other medical societies say could endanger Medicare patients who undergo bariatric surgery. In a joint letter to CMS, the societies say they “believe the proposal to remove the Bariatric Surgery Facility Certification will place the highly...
Obesity is a Disease: Leading Obesity Groups Agree
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2013  Download PDF            The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The Obesity Society (TOS), The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) applaud the AMA’s decision to classify obesity as a disease.  Read the joint press release below. CONTACT: Mollie Turner, The Obesity Society: mturner@obesity.org Heidi Gordon, American Society of Bariatric Physicians: heidi@asbp.org Glenn Sebold, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, gsebold@aace.com Amber Hamilton, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, amber@compartnersny.com   Obesity is a Disease: Leading Obesity Groups Agree   The...
NEW RECOGNITION OF OBESITY AS A DISEASE BY A.M.A. MAY BE TIPPING POINT FOR BOTH PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Amber Hamilton (212) 266-0062  Download PDF NEW RECOGNITION OF OBESITY AS A DISEASE BY A.M.A. MAY BE TIPPING POINT FOR BOTH PREVENTION AND TREATMENT American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Issues Statement On Implications for Patients, Health Care Professionals, Government and Insurers GAINESVILLE, FL – JUNE 19, 2013 – The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) believes the decision by the American Medical Association (A.M.A.) the nation’s largest physician group, to officially recognize obesity as a disease is a watershed moment that will help improve access to medically necessary and scientifically proven prevention...
OBESITY IS AMERICAN ISSUE, NOT POLITICAL ONE: ASMBS Comments on NY Congressman Tom Reed’s Gastric Bypass Surgery
GAINESVILLE, FL -- May 15, 2013 -- On the heels of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's revelation that he had weight loss surgery, a U.S. Congressman from New York announced that he too had a weight loss operation. The Buffalo News reported this week, "multiple indignities and a major health scare prompted Rep. Tom Reed to undergo gastric bypass surgery in February. His new lifestyle has left him 70 pounds lighter and diabetes-free."...
NJ Governor Chris Christie Sparks National Conversation on Obesity
 Download PDF CONTACT: Amber Hamilton (212) 266-0062  NJ GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SPARKS NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON OBESITY  American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Comments on What’s Missing from the Conversation GAINESVILLE, FL — May 10, 2013 — The revelation earlier this week that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had weight loss surgery made headlines throughout the world. Much was made of why he had it, which procedure he had, how quickly he would lose the weight and what it would mean for his political future. All valid areas of exploration and speculation. One critical question, however, was left unasked and...
AACE Releases Comprehensive Diabetes Management Algorithm for Treatment of Diabetes and Prediabetes Patients
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)  released a new comprehensive diabetes management algorithm.  This algorithm mentions bariatric surgery in the Complications Centric Model for Care of the Overweight/Obese Patient on page three of the document.  The press release is below and the algorithm is published online at https://www.aace.com/files/ and glycemic-control-algorithm.pdf. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Releases Comprehensive Diabetes Management Algorithm for Treatment of Diabetes and Prediabetes Patients JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – April 19, 2013 – The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) today announced the publication of its comprehensive diabetes management algorithm created to guide primary care physicians, endocrinologists and other health care professionals in the treatment of prediabetes...
New Evidence Prompts Update to Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Clinical Guidelines
Significant new scientific evidence published over the last four years has prompted three major medical societies to change its guidance on who should get metabolic and bariatric surgery and which methods should be used....
Leading Obesity Groups Respond to the Economics of Bariatric Surgery
     February 25, 2013 CONTACT: Mollie Turner, The Obesity Society: mturner@obesity.org James Zervios, Obesity Action Coalition: jzervios@obesityaction.org Amber Hamilton, Communication Partners & Assoc. LLC: amber@compartnersny.com Download PDF  Leading Obesity Groups Call for Putting Health, Longevity and Quality of Life First When Considering the Economics of Bariatric Surgery Groups Respond to Latest Research Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO: Bruce Wolfe, MD, The Obesity Society Advocacy Committee Member Professor of Surgery and Co-Director of Bariatric Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University Speaking on behalf of The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition and The American Society for...
Jaime Ponce, MD and Ninh T. Nguyen, MD Installed as President and President-Elect of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS, a bariatric surgeon at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia and Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, a bariatric and gastrointestinal surgeon and vice-chair of the department of surgery at University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, CA, were named president and president-elect of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) during the ASMBS annual meeting June 17-22 in San Diego, CA. Over their 17 month term, Dr. Ponce and Dr. Nguyen will lead the organization’s efforts to advance metabolic surgical care for the treatment of obesity. Bariatric and metabolic surgeons Jaime Ponce, MD...
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