February 2015 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 2/28/2015

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On February 6, 2015, ASMBS Executive Director Georgeann Mallory and ASBP Advocacy Committee member Dr. Krishna Doniparthi traveled from Florida and Georgia, respectively, to participate in the Obesity Care Continuum’s (OCC) first monthly advocacy day during the 114th Congress.

Advocacy efforts focused on the Florida and Georgia congressional delegations — educating legislators about the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) and urging them to cosponsor the legislation when…

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February 2015 ASMBS Presidential Message

Posted 2/17/2015

From ASMBS President John Morton, MD

I want to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year. As we begin 2015, I am excited for our opportunity to improve the health and welfare of our patients. Much is expected of ASMBS in leading our efforts against the AMA-recognized disease of obesity and my hope and belief is that much will be provided by ASMBS.

As we begin 2015, it is fitting and proper to…

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January 2015 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 1/20/2015

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

In early January, the 114th Congress convened with Republicans holding strong majorities in both the House and Senate. ASMBS and other member groups of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) will be participating in a series of monthly advocacy days on Capitol Hill to foster relationships with new members of Congress as well as key GOP lawmakers in the Senate who are assuming new roles as Chairs of key…

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December 2014 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 12/20/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

Member groups of the Obesity Care Continuum joined with the Campaign to End Obesity and the Medicare Part D Coalition in meeting with members of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council to discuss the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) — legislation that would provide Medicare recipients and their health care providers with meaningful tools to treat and reduce obesity by improving access to obesity screening and counseling…

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September-October ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 9/19/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

During mid-September, both the House and Senate went into recess so that legislators could return home to campaign for November elections. As such, there will be little formal legislative activity until late November when a likely lame-duck session will convene.

Earlier in the year, the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued specific guidance to both Multi-State Health Plans and Federal Employee Health Benefit Program carriers regarding…

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August 2014 ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 8/19/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

In late July, Representatives Johnson (D-TX) and Blumenauer (D-OR) circulated a Dear Colleague and sign-on letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell to all House members. This letter urges HHS to utilize the same strategy recently employed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with health insurers that provide care through Multi-State Health Plans (MSHPs) and the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) Program. OPM recently…

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July 2014 ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 7/31/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On July 29 and 30, 2014, the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) ran a full page color ad in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call to highlight the new AMA HOD policy — “supporting patient access to the full continuum of care of evidence-based obesity treatment modalities such as behavioral, pharmaceutical, psychosocial, nutritional, and surgical interventions.”

ASMBS provided all the funding for the Roll Call ad and worked…

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New Advocacy Tool Kit Helps ASMBS State Chapters and Members Improve Patient Access

Posted 7/19/2014

The ASMBS is calling on members and state chapters to join the fight for greater patient access to metabolic and bariatric surgery, and is providing downloadable tools to help them do that.

“No one can afford to sit this one out,” said Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, president of the ASMBS “Bariatric and metabolic surgery is significantly underutilized and everyone, from individuals to organizations, has a responsibility to help tear down the barriers to treatment.”

On…

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Integrated Health Professional Education Committee Spotlight

Posted 6/19/2014

The mission of the Integrated Health Professional Education Committee is to promote and support development of accredited post-professional education programs with the goal of improving the multidisciplinary care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases. As an advocate for education advancement, the committee works to identify needs, professional gaps and barriers IH professionals face, and develop programs that enhance the skills, clinical practices, knowledge and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals….

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June 2014 ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 6/19/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 11, 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted formal policy supporting “patient access to the full continuum of care of evidence-based obesity treatment modalities such as behavioral, pharmaceutical, psychosocial, nutritional, and surgical interventions.”

The new policy came about from a joint effort of ASMBS and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), who offered a resolution during this year’s AMA House of Delegates meeting supporting coverage…

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