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Please note that the Access to Care Committee is not accepting new member applications at this time. Committee membership is currently by appointment only.


C. Joe Northup, MD FASMBS
Chair & Executive Council Liaison


Margaret Inman, MD ACS
Co-Chair


Michael Seger, MD
Co-Chair

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


Members

Amir Aryaie, MD
Nicholas Brown, MD FASMBS
David L. Chengelis, MD
Christopher Daigle, MD FRSC
Maher El Chaar, MD
Nina Crowley, PhD RD LD
Wayne English, MD FASMBS, Past Chair
Farah Husain, MD FASMBS

Linden Karas, MD
Colleen Kennedy, MD MBA FASMBS
Walter Lindstrom, Esq
John Morton, MD FASMBS, Past Chair
Fady Moustarah, MD MPH FRCSC 
Blake Movitz, MD
Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS (State Chapters Committee Chair)

Joshua Pfeiffer, MD
Nancy Puzziferri, MD
Nathaniel Sann, MSN CRNP FNP-BC
John D. Scott, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past Chair
Bridget Slusarek, RN
Lloyd Stegemann, MD FASMBS
Dana Telem, MD FASMBS (Insurance Committee Co-Chair)

Regional Super STARS and STARS (State Access to Care Representatives)

Super STAR Northeast Region — Matthew Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
CT — Darren Tishler, MD FASMBS
MA — Sheila Partridge, MD FASMBS
ME — Jamie Loggins, MD
NH — Robert Catania, MD FASMBS
NY — William O’Malley, MD
RI — Siva Vithiananthan, MD FASMBS
VT — Patrick Forgione, MD
All New New England — Melissa Page, MS RD CSOWM LDN (IH)

Super STAR Mid Atlantic Region — Guilherme Campos, MD FASMBS
DE — Rahul Singh, MD
MD — Joseph Greene, MD MBA
NJ — Alexander Onopchenko, MD
NC/SC — Keri Seymour, DO
PA — Ann M. Rogers, MD FASMBS
VA/WV — Guilherme M. Campos, MD PhD FACS FASMBS

Super STAR Southeast Central Region — Brandon Williams, MD FASMBS
AL — Todd Foreman, MD FASMBS
FL — Joseph Chebli, MD FASMBS; Vicky Blackard, RN MBA/HCM CBN (IH)
GA — Renee Hilton, MD
KY — Joshua Steiner, MD
OH — C. Joe Northup, MD; Debra Pasini, RN BSN (IH)
TN — Jenny Weaver, MD

Super STAR Upper Midwest Region — Luke Funk, MD FASMBS
IA — Matthew Christopherson, MD
IL — Juaquito Jorge, MD
IN — Brenda Cacucci, MD FASMBS; Sarah Muntel, RD (IH)
KS — Robert Aragon, MD
MI — Kathryn Ziegler, MD; Colleen Buda, PA-C CSOWM (IH)
MN — Geoffrey Fasen, MD MS
MO — Christopher Eagon, MD FASMBS; Angela Britt, BC (IH)
NE — Gary Anthone, MD FASMBS
WI — Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS & Kevin Wasco, MD FASMBS

Super STAR Lower Midwest Region — Robert O. Carpenter, MD MPH FASMBS
AR — Open
CO — Matthew Metz, MD
LA — Peter Lundberg, MD, Laura Boyer, FNP C CBN (IH)
MS — Jennifer O’Flarity, RN BSN
NM — Karina McArthur, MD
OK — Laure DeMattia, DO
TX — Tanyaradzwa Kajese, MD FASMBS

Super STAR Northwest Region — Valerie Halpin, MD FASMBS
AK — Michael Todd, MD
ID — Open
MT — John Pender, MD
ND — Luis Garcia, MD FACS MBA
OR — Valerie Halpin, MD FASMBS; Melissa Rowan, RN BSN CBN (IH)
SD — Kristin Turek, CNP
WA — Anirban Gupta, MD
WY — Kevin Helling, MD

Super STAR Southwest Region — Ajay Upadhyay, MD FACS FRCS
AZ — Christine Lovato, MD FASMBS; Lauren Pellizzon, MS RD (IH)
CA — Ajay Upadhyay, MD FACS FRCS
HI — Steven Fowler, MD FASMBS
NV — Open
UT — Eric Volckman, MD

Industry AD Hoc Appointed

Ishita Doshi – Ethicon
Juthika Pal – Ethicon
Anuprita Patkar – Ethicon
Maria Thompson – Ethicon
Scott Wolven – Ethicon
Andrew Zebrak – Intuitive Surgical
Santosh Agarwal – Medtronic
Gina Baldo – Medtronic
Michael Morseon – Medtronic
Vincent Zeringue — Medtronic

Joe Nadglowski – Obesity Action Coalition
W. Scott Butsch, MD MSc – The Obesity Society
Pamela Davis – Pamela Davis Consulting
Jeanine Sherman – ProCare Health
Chris Gallagher – Potomac Currents
Sharon Whalen – Reshape

State Chapter Map

Mission

The Access to Care Committee has the principal mission to assist patients affected by metabolic disease and obesity in obtaining appropriate, safe and effective medical care.

Description

The Access to Care Committee has the principal mission to assist patients affected by metabolic disease and obesity in obtaining appropriate, safe and effective medical care. Committee activities include: developing the strategic vision and strategies to make improvement in access to care; advocating for legislative changes on the state and local level that will affect health care coverage; addressing the politics, policies and ethics of access issues on the local, state and national levels; and bringing together initiatives/partners to effectively address access issues.

Objectives

  • Increase awareness of access issues and progress among public and members
  • Identify reasonable targets for progress in short mid and long term

Committee Goals

Short-Term

  1. Utilize STAR and Super STAR Network more effectively, involving State Chapter Presidents
  2. Support for “National Obesity Care Week” in conjunction with OAC/industry
  3. Support the ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity

Mid-Term

  1. CMS Bundled Payments
  2. Help the OAC build their membership via OAC Patient Advocacy

Long-Term

  1. More legislative efforts
  2. Continued tracking of commercial payors and their coverage of bariatric surgery
  3. Maintain the ASMBS Access to Care Facebook Page
  4. Assist the ObesityPAC with State Chapter Advocacy Day Grants
  5. Continue efforts to improve State Health Exchange coverage
    • Convert 27 “No” states to “Yes” states
  6. Continue state employee coverage in all 50 states: GA, ID, LA, MT, SC, UT, WV, MT; monitor any new pilot programs
  7. Medicaid Coverage in all 50 States: Only Montana remains
  8. Continue support of Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
  9. Continue advocacy presence and response to healthcare changes
  10. Continue monitoring and responding to regulatory changes affecting ACA patient protections
  11. Advocacy Efforts Tracking
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:

Short-Term:

  1. STARs and Super STARs
    a. Contribute regional reports during monthly meetings
    b. OCC All STAR Program was established and is managed by Chris Gallagher
    c. Disseminated news of updated insurance policies to state chapters
  2. Members of the Access to Care Team travelled to D.C. on September 20, 2019 to advocate for patient rights as part of OCAN and the OAC’s NOCW Access to Care Week
  3. Continued to support passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
  4. Monthly reminders to members to host a Walk from Obesity

Mid-Term:

  1. Alerted ASMBS members of the CMS Bundled Care application period, conducted a webinar on June 12th, and a “Bundled Payments: Preparing for What Could be our Future course at ASMBS Weekend on June 22nd. Committee will continue to monitor
  2. Post cards were sent to all ASMBS surgeon members last year and are available on the ASMBS and OAC websites for download; members will continue to urge patients in to join the OAC

Long-Term:

  1. Supported members in Connecticut, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin with specific access to care issues this year
  2. Reviewing a prior project’s data points and will ask for volunteer data sites for collection
  3. We have 133 members on our Facebook page; will continue to use this page as a method to disseminate information to members
  4. Monthly reminders of the ObesityPAC State Chapter Advocacy Day Grants at each meeting; support of members in obtaining these grants
  5. Mid-month Access to Care conference calls with Chair, Co-Chairs, ASMBS Liaison, OAC President, and our Washington Lobbyist to discuss issues that arise in between monthly calls
  6. Monthly Access to Care Committee calls
  7. Continue monitoring and responding to regulatory changes affecting ACA patient protections
  8. Advocacy Activity Summary – updated monthly per members’, STARs’, Super STARs’, Industry Ad Hoc Members’, OAC’s and our Washington Lobbyist’s reports of wins and losses in each state

2019 Completed Projects

  1. Bundled Payments webinar on June 12th, and “Bundled Payments: Preparing for What Could be our Future” course at ASMBS Weekend on June 22nd
  2. September 20, 2019 OCAN Hill Day in D.C. in conjunction with OAC’s NOCW Access to Care Week – visited 35 senate offices highlighting NOCW and TROA
  3. Supported Connecticut with their Bariatric Coverage Bill, Ohio in their increased coverage for low BMI criteria, Texas with their Medicare denial of payments, and Wisconsin with getting state employee coverage back
  4. Supported Connecticut and Wisconsin in achieving their ObesityPAC State Chapter Lobby Day Grants
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