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Posted 7/5/2022

July 2022 Edition

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

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ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message

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2. Education & Events

The ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting OnDemand!

Did you miss a session at the 2022 Annual Meeting? Could you not attend? We have you covered! Click here for the OnDemand add-on and view ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting materials. CME and CE credits are available. 

ASMBS track at IFSO!

IFSO 2022 25th World Congress will take place in Miami, Florida August 23 -27, 2022. Preconference Registration closes on August 19, 2022.

Join ASMBS at IFSO Miami, August 25th – 26th for the ASMBS Track at IFSO. The ASMBS Track will include:

  • Top 10 Papers in the past 5 years
  • The Great Debates: Pros and Cons by the Experts
  • Complications and How I Deal with Them: Video Debate
  • Leadership Tune-Up: Refining leadership skills for surgeons in practice

*CME and CE credit available.

Mark Your Calendar!

  • ASMBS Weekend Meeting in San Antonio, TX | Novemeber 9th – 12th, 2022
  • ASMBS 39th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV | June 25th – 29th, 2023

3. Committee Updates

ASMBS Integrated Health Multidisciplinary Care Committee Mentorship Interest Survey

The IH Multidisciplinary Care Committee introduced the IH Mentorship Interest Survey at the ASMBS Annual Meeting in June 2022 and received many responses that we are currently reviewing. If you are interested in becoming an IH mentor or mentee we want to hear from you! Click Here .

NEW! ASMBS Insurance Committee Bariatric Surgery Insurance Coding Toolkit

Bariatric Surgery Insurance Coding Toolkit

NEW! Paper on behalf of the ASMBS Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Committee

“First report from the ASMBS Closed-Claims Registry: Prevalence, Causes, and Lessons Learned from Bariatric Surgery Medical Malpractice Claims”

NEW! Review by the POWER Task Force

ASMBS Current State of the Definition and Terminology Related to Weight Recurrence after Metabolic Surgery: Review by the POWER Task Force

NEW! Paper on behalf of the ASMBS Integrated Health Clinical Issues Committee

“American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery review on fasting for religious purposes after surgery”

Community/Independent Practice Committee June & July 2022 Tips & Tricks Videos

June 2022 Tips & Tricks Video By Dr. Helmuth Billy

July 2022 Tips & Tricks Video By Dr. Folahan Ayoola


4. Membership News

Estimate of Bariatric Surgery Numbers, 2011-2020

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Numbers Taskforce has reported the 2020 estimate of the numbers of metabolic and bariatric surgery procedures performed in the United States up to 2020. This estimate is published biannually in SOARD and this updates the estimate of MBS operations in 2019 and 2020 in the United States. There are a couple of important changes this year; namely, we have included the numbers for SADI-S and OAGB.  Also, for the first time, we have included the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.  As expected, there was a drop in overall volume due to the COVID pandemic. There was a 22% decrease in overall volume from 2019 to 2020. 

Do you have an idea for a webinar

The Integrated Health Communication Committee is looking for your ideas. We are working to develop a monthly webinar series and are looking for topics and speakers. We will be posting a form shortly that will allow you to submit your ideas/speakers and guide you in the process to work with the communication committee to bring your ideas to the webinar series. We will be announcing where the form can be found in the next few weeks, so look for the announcement and submit your webinar plans.

IH New Member Meet & Greet

Attention new Integrated Health Members! Do you have questions for your IH Leadership? Current members, are you finding value in your membership? The IH Leadership invites you to a New Member meet and greet cocktail hour hosted on Zoom. Thursday, July 14th at 8:00 PM EST


5. Advocacy & Access to Care

OCC July 2022 Advocacy Report

Support for TROA Continues to Grow

Wisconsin Group Insurance Board to Hold Special Hearing on AOM State Employee Coverage

See the latest Obesity Care Contiuum Advocacy Report

Florida Blue’s Updated Bariatric Policy – 2.8 million covered lives

Florida Blue updated its bariatric policy and there are 2 major progressive revisions from last time.

  1. They have removed the statement “Any bariatric surgical procedure for the treatment of obesity in individuals with a BMI < 35 kg/m2 does not meet the definition of medical necessity.”
  2. They will now allow revisions for GERD (policy language: “documented gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) refractory to maximal medical management”).
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