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Posted 3/29/2022

April 2022 Edition

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 Integrated Health Presidential Message


2. Education & Events

Annual Meeting 2022 | Dallas, TX

Registration is NOW OPEN for the ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting. Be sure to take advantage of our Early Registration prices.

Join us in Dallas, TX, June 5-9 for this year’s Annual Meeting theme: Metabolic/Bariatric Surgery: A Pathway to Cancer Prevention

April Webinars

  • April 7 | Practice Management Disasters
  • April 13 | Breaking Down Burnout Over Spring Break

Learn more and register to attend ASMBS.org/webinars.

ASMBS’s Got Talent

Now accepting auditions for ASMBS’s Got Talent! This initiative from the Program Committee is a great way to get more involved with the Society and have a chance to speak during an educational session at The ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting. All members who have not presented at an ASMBS meeting in the last two years can participate. Submit your CV and a 2-3 minute video specifying at least three areas of interest for your potential presentation to education@asmbs.org by April 15th.


3. Committee News

New Literature Review & Practical Guideline

Nutrition for Pregnancy after Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Literature Review and Practical Guide. Published in SOARD and ASMBS website. Read the article now .

Research Grant Award | DEADLINE APPROACHING

Applications for the ASMBS 2022 Research Grant Award will be accepted until April 15, 2022. To complete the grant application, please visit the ASMBS website . Preference will be given to proposals addressing Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery. One top award will be announced in June 2022. Funding is made possible by the ASMBS Foundation. If you have questions, please contact  research@asmbs.org .

CBN is looking to add members to the CBN Committee!

We are especially looking for nurses who are interested in one of the following subcommittees:

  • Accreditation (guiding our efforts toward ABNS Accreditation)
  • Recertification (reviewing applications and developing recertification policy)
  • Marketing (organizing efforts to get the word out regarding the CBN activities)

Committee membership can help meet the CBN recertification requirement and is an excellent way to network with bariatric nurses all over the country.

If you are interested, please contact Nikki, the CBN Manager, at  CBN@asmbs.org .


4. Membership News

Bariatric Nursing Practice Analysis Survey 2022

The 2022 bariatric nursing practice analysis survey has been deployed to all ASMBS members. This survey takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.  Your input is extremely important. The survey is not exclusively for nurses who are members of ASMBS but can be taken by any currently licensed registered nurse (RN) involved in the care of metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.

To that end, please deploy/forward the survey link far and wide among your colleagues and organizations, as the more perspectives we can get, the better!  The survey is set to “close” on Friday, 4/15/2022 , so please act soon!!

Start the Survey Now!


5. Advocacy & Access to Care

OCC April 2022 Advocacy Report

Feds Require Health Plans Covering Federal Employees to have Adequate Coverage for AOMs

See the latest  Obesity Care Continuum Advocacy Report

HERC Update: Scope Statements Posted for Comment

Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission is reviewing the evidence for bariatric procedures and posted two scope statements for a public comment period that ended 3/23/2022. The scope includes 3 prominent changes:

  1. Evidence on surgery among BMI 30-35
  2. SADIS as a bariatric procedure
  3. Balloons as a bariatric procedure

Many ASMBS members in Oregon and the surrounding states sent their comments for consideration. To view the scope statements and review commenting policy, please visit their open for comment page .

Arkansas Bariatric Coverage Bill

Recent legislation was passed in Arkansas related to obesity coverage. Bill SB87 directs the state and public teacher’s health insurance fund to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of morbid obesity. It includes references to bariatric surgery.

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