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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.

Michael Seger, MD FASMBS
Chair

Renee Hilton, MD FASMBS
Co-Chair

Margaret Inman, MD FASMBS
Co-Chair

Darren Tishler, MD FACS FASMBS
Co-Chair

Joseph Northup, MD FASMBS
Immediate Past Chair & Executive Council Liaison

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson

Members

Amir Aryaie, MD
Nicholas Brown, MD FASMBS
David L. Chengelis, MD
Tuesday Cook, MD (Diversity & Inclusion Committee Liaison)
Christopher Crawford, MD (Insurance Committee Chair)
Christopher Daigle, MD FRSC (State Chapters Committee Chair)
Pamela Davis, RN BSN MBA CBN
Maher El Chaar, MD

Wayne English, MD FASMBS, Senior Past Chair
Linden Karas, MD
Colleen Kennedy, MD MBA FASMBS
Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS
Walter Lindstrom, Esq
Jamie Loggins, MD
John Morton, MD FASMBS, Senior Past Chair
Fady Moustarah, MD MPH FRCSC 

Blake Movitz, MD
Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS
Joshua Pfeiffer, MD
Nancy Puzziferri, MD
John D. Scott, MD FASMBS, Senior Past Chair
Lloyd Stegemann, MD FASMBS
TBD (Insurance Committee Co-Chair)

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

Super STAR Northeast Region — Matthew Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
CT — Neil Floch, MD
MA — Sheila Partridge, MD FASMBS
ME — Open
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 — Open
MD — Joseph Greene, MD MBA
NJ — Michael Bilof, MD FASMBS
NC/SC — Keri Seymour, DO; Nina Crowley, PhD RD LD (IH)
PA — Ann M. Rogers, MD FASMBS; Cynthia Hipszer, RN MSN CNML CBN (IH)
VA/WV — Guilherme M. Campos, MD PhD FACS FASMBS; Nathaniel Sann, MSN CRNP FNP-BC (IH)

Super STAR Southeast Central Region — Brandon Williams, MD FASMBS
AL — Todd Foreman, MD FASMBS
FL — Dennis Smith, MD FASMBS; Vicky Blackard, RN MBA/HCM CBN (IH)
GA — Aaron Bolduc, MD
KY — Joshua Steiner, MD
OH — Joseph Northup, MD
TN — Jenny Weaver, MD

Super STAR Upper Midwest Region — Luke Funk, MD MPH FASMBS
IA — Matthew Christopherson, MD
IL — Juaquito Jorge, MD
IN — Ambar Banerjee, MD FASMBS; Sarah Muntel, RD (IH)
KS — Robert Aragon, MD
MI — Amy Somerset, MD & Michael Wood, MD; Colleen Buda, PA-C CSOWM (IH)
MN — Geoffrey Fasen, MD MS; Kristin Ewing, RD (IH)
MO — Christopher Eagon, MD FASMBS; Angela Britt, BC (IH)
NE — Gary Anthone, MD FASMBS
WI — Luke Funk, MD MPH FASMBS & Brandon Grover, DO 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 — Roy Greenway, Jr.
TX — Tanyaradzwa Kajese, MD FASMBS

Super STAR Northwest Region — Valerie Halpin, MD FASMBS
AK — Michael Todd, MD
ID — Cory Richardson, MD FASMBS
MT — John Pender, MD
ND — Ellen Vogels, DO
OR — Farah Husain, MD FASMBS; Greg Showell, RN (IH)
SD — Kristin Turek, CNP
WA — Mohan Mallipeddi, 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 Volckmann, MD FASMBS

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

Bridget Slusarek – Novo Nordisk
Joe Nadglowski – Obesity Action Coalition
W. Scott Butsch, MD MSc – The Obesity Society
Jeanine Sherman – ProCare Health
Chris Gallagher – Potomac Currents

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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 the STAR and Super STAR Network more effectively, adding Integrated Health STARs, and involving State Chapter Presidents
  2. Support the OAC’s annual Obesity Care Week
  3. Support the ASMBS Foundation’s Virtual Walk from Obesity
  4. Support our members during the COVID Pandemic
  5. Monitor insurance companies’ policy updates and support our members in regard to those requirements that impede their patients’ access to care regarding bariatric surgery
  6. Creation of a project to assess commercial insurance coverage

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; monitor any new pilot programs
  7. Medicaid Coverage in all 50 States; only Montana remains
  8. Continue support of the passage of the 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
  12. Encourage our members to become AMA members
  13. Continue support of our members during the COVID Pandemic
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 established/managed by Chris Gallagher
    c. Adding Integrated Health STARs
  2. Participating in March 2, 2020 and March 1 and 5, 2021 Obesity Care Week Advocacy Days
  3. Monthly reminders to members to host an ASMBS Foundation Virtual Walk from Obesity
  4. Committee members participation in an ASMBS COVID Webinar in April 2020
  5. Sent several COVID-related (i.e., telehealth, deductibles) letters to the Medical Directors of the top 25 insurance companies, and contributed to the ASMBS "Safer Through Surgery” position statement that was published
  6. Committee Co-Chair joined the ASMBS Telemedicine Task Force
  7. Disseminated news of updated insurance policies to state chapters
  8. A group is being formed to address outpatient/same day surgery requirements to prepare for responses; and possibly write a position statement

Mid-Term:

  1. The committee continues to monitor CMS Bundled Payments
  2. Monthly updates from the OAC President
  3. OAC Access to Care Postcards continue to be available on the ASMBS and OAC websites for download; members will continue to urge patients to join the OAC

Long-Term:

  1. We have 145 members on our Facebook page; will continue to use this page as a method to disseminate information to members
  2. Monthly reminders of the ObesityPAC State Chapter Advocacy Day Grants; support of members in obtaining these grants
  3. 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
  4. Monthly Access to Care Committee calls
  5. Continue monitoring and responding to regulatory changes affecting ACA patient protections
  6. Monthly reminders to join the AMA

2020-2021 Completed Projects

  1. The committee and its members promoted the OAC’s Obesity Care Weeks March 1-7, 2020 and February 28 – March 6, 2021; committee members participated in OCAN’s Advocacy Days on March 2, 2020 and March 1 and 5, 2021
  2. Committee members participated in an ASMBS COVID Webinar in April 2020
  3. Added 11 IH STARs to the committee
  4. Committee Chair, in collaboration with the Executive Council, authored and sent several COVID-related letters to the Medical Directors of the top 25 insurance companies
  5. Committee contributed to the ASMBS Safer Through Surgery position statement that was published in SOARD June 2020
  6. Committee Co-Chair joined the ASMBS Telemedicine Task Force
  7. Disseminated news of updated insurance policies to state chapters
  8. An ObesityPAC Grant was awarded to the Louisiana State Chapter and the committee continues to support their advocacy efforts in their state
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