Friday, July 26, 2013
Louis Jacques, MD
Director, Coverage and Analysis Group
CMS/OCSQ/Coverage and Analysis Group
7500 Security Blvd.
Mailstop C1 -09-06
Baltimore, MD 21244
Re: CAG-00250R3 (National Coverage Analysis (NCA) for Bariatric Surgery for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity- Facility Certification Requirement)
Dear Dr. Jacques,
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and American College of Surgeons along with all the undersigned professional societies have reviewed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) early-released June 27, 2013 Proposed Decision Memo on Facility Certification for Bariatric Surgery for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity (Facility Certification Requirement CAG-00250R3). As organizations committed to quality improvement and safety protections for our patients, we fully support the continuation of the Facility Certification Requirement established in 2006; and therefore, strongly oppose CMS’ decision to overturn current, established policy.