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August 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 8/5/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) becomes 21st Senate TROA Cosponsor!

During July, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) became the 21st Senate cosponsor of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) bringing the total House and Senate cosponsors to 168! OCAN members will continue to meet with members of Congress during the August recess in hopes of getting TROA added to any end-of-year must-pass legislative packages. Also stay tuned for more…

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August 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 8/5/2022

1. Presidential Messages

Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS DABOM and Nate Sann, MSN FNP-BC deliver their monthly Presidential Video Message. Hear about the current state of the Society and upcoming events. 

ASMBS Presidential Message ASMBS Weekend 2022 – Registration Opening Soon! Literature review on anti-obesity medication use for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients from the ASMBS clinical issues committee ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message Weekend Conference topic/speaker suggestions July 2022 SOARD Journal Club Recording IH…

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July 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 7/5/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

Support for TROA Continues to Grow

At the time of this report, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act had reached 167 total House and Senate cosponsors with the addition of Representatives Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY). OCAN members continue to meet with members of Congress and are hopeful that more legislators will cosponsor TROA — especially in the wake of recent guidance from the Federal Office…

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July 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 7/5/2022

In this issue: Introduction of the 2022 – 2023 ASMBS President, Dr. Teresa LaMasters, ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting OnDemand, ASMBS Track at IFSO Miami, IH Mentorship Survey, New! Insurance Coding Toolkit, 2011-2020 Estimate of Bariatric Survey Numbers, and July’s OCC Advocacy Report

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May 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 5/4/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

TROA Reaches 160 Total Supporters

At the time of this report, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act had reached 160 total congressional supporters with 18 Senators and 140 House Members cosponsoring the legislation that has been introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Representative Ron Kind (D-WI). OCAN members continue to meet with members of Congress and are hopeful that more legislators will cosponsor TROA — especially in…

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May 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 5/4/2022

In this issue: LEAD Award Announcement, Countdown to ASMBS Annual Meeting – Registration and Hotel Information, Patient Seminar Presentation, ASMBS Elections, and Bariatric Nursing Practice Analysis Survey 2022.

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April 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 4/1/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

OPM Issues Guidance Supporting FEHB Program Coverage of Obesity Care

In a February 17, 2022 carrier letter and a subsequent March 16, 2022 technical guidance letter , the Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) spelled out specific guidance for health insurance carriers that administer Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) plans — "clarifying that FEHB Carriers are not allowed to exclude anti-obesity medications from coverage based on a benefit…

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April 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 3/29/2022

1. Presidential Messages

Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS and Nate Sann, MSN FNP-BC deliver their monthly Presidential Video Message. Hear about the current state of the Society and upcoming events. 

ASMBS Presidential Message ASMBS’s Got Talent MBSAQIP Letter About Price Increase ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message Email Suggested Expert in the Cancer Specialty ASMBS Foundation LEAD Nominations Ends 4/8/2022 Upcoming Webinars Bariatric Nursing Practice Analysis Survey 2022 ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting 2….

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March 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 3/5/2022

In this issue: Focus Practice Designation Review Course, Research Grant Award, CBN Committee, Bariatric Nursing Practice Analysis Survey, OCC

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