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Posted 8/4/2021

August 2021 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

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ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message

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2. NIH Funding for Bariatric Surgery

The National Cancer Institute has provided notices (NOT-CA-21-090, NOT-CA-21-091) of its intent to publish two Funding Opportunity Announcements to support investigator initiated studies addressing mechanisms by which bariatric surgery impacts cancer risk, and seeks to draw in talented scientists who study bariatric surgery, including bariatric surgeons, to investigate its effects on cancer. A multidisciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to address the topic is highly encouraged. Keep any eye out for additional information as it becomes available.

3. Committee & Member News

Featured Videos: Managing Complications

The ASMBS Video Committee has hand-picked a selection of new and notable videos from the ASMBS Video Library. This month’s theme is Managing Complications:

The ASMBS Video Library has over 200 educational videos from past meetings, webinars, and recent presentations from esteemed colleagues.

IH Patient Education Survey

All Integrated Health Professionals!!!

You have received an invitation to participate in the Bariatric Surgery Patient Education Providers Survey – Preoperative Phase.

There has been very little research regarding the critical aspects of Bariatric Surgery Patient Education (the content, the delivery and dose, and patient knowledge measurement, …). All Integrated Health disciplines participate in Bariatric Surgical Patient Education.

This is your chance to weight in and we encourage your participation in this research study. Our plan is to submit the results to SOARD in a publication.

IF you miss placed your email or was gobbled up by a fire wall, you can follow this link:

4. ASMBS Foundation Updates

LEAD Awards Nominations

The ASMBS Foundation 2021 Virtual LEAD Awards is now accepting nominations through August 6th. Do you know an ASMBS member who has shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery? Nomination them for the Foundation’s Annual LEAD Awards.

New Board Members

Dr. Paul Enochs, ASMBS Foundation President, recently welcomed newly elected Foundation Board Members, January Hill, MD, Charles Thompson, MD, and Omar Ghanem, MD. Dr. Enochs stated, "We are all honored and excited to have you a part of our organization and look forward to working with you."

5. Advocacy & Access to Care Updates

OCC August 2021 Advocacy Report

In this report, prepared by Chris Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative: Obesity Advocates Target West Virginia & Virginia for TROA Support, OCAN Leaders Meet with CMS Coverage Group, and State Obesity Coverage Bills Update.

See the latest OCC Advocacy Report for more information regarding other national advocacy efforts that ASMBS is pursuing. 

Policy Updates
  • Centene: BMI criteria lowered by 5 points for Asian ethnicities. Centene is a major Medicaid managed care and Exchange provider. The policy is still impacted by state specific plans.
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio (1.3 million covered lives): 3 month medically supervised weight loss criteria dropped.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee: requirement for psych consultation is removed.
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