October 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

October 2022 Edition

1. Presidential Messages

Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS DABOM and Nate Sann, MSN FNP-BC deliver the 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

Register today for ASMBS Weekend Meeting in San Antonio, TX!

Get your calls covered and join your colleagues for a weekend filled with unique opportunites and networking!

Check out the special student pricing here.

ESG & Advanced Endoscopic Suturing Lab

Thursday, November 10, 2022

9:30 – 11:00 AM CT  |  1:15 – 2:45 PM CT  |  3:30 – 5:00 PM CT

ESG & Advanced Endoscopic Suturing Lab for Fellows

Friday, November 11, 2022

6:45 – 7:45 AM CT

  • This educational opportunity is non-CME
  • We will offer three 90-minute sessions and one 60-minute session for Fellows
  • Registration is $500 for members and $600 for non-members
  • This skills lab is supported by Apollo and held in the Apollo Mobile Learning Center
  • Space is limited to 15 people per session
  • For additional questions, email Morgan Matlock at morgan@asmbs.org

Focused Practice Designation Review Course at AWE22

November 10th, 8:00 – 5:00 PM, CST

The next FPD test date has been announced! ASMBS Weekend will feature an additional ticketed event, providing a comprehensive review course designed to prepare attendees to succeed on the American Board of Surgery Bariatric Surgery FPD examination. You must select the course option when completing the online registration to attend.

ASMBS Leadership Academy | November 9th – 10th

The 2nd Annual ASMBS Leadership Academy has been expanded to surgeons early in practice. This expansion comes as a result of overwhelming success and interest in the inaugural ASMBS Leadership Academy. The ASMBS Leadership Academy is a unique career development seminar and workshop for participants to have the opportunity to learn from esteemed faculty, ASMBS Executive Committee members, their peers, and industry experts. The program will provide young surgeons with the tools they’ll need to successfully navigate life after fellowship and in their early career to become leaders in their practices, communities, and the field as a whole.

Limited spots remaining! ACT NOW and contact events@asmbs.org today to reserve your spot at the 2nd Annual ASMBS Leadership Academy!

ASMBS/IFSO Indications for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

In 1991 the National Institutes of Health published a Statement on gastrointestinal surgery for severe obesity, based on expert opinion and medical knowledge available at the time, which has served providers, insurers, hospitals, and patients as a standard for indications for bariatric surgery.

Since then, over the past 30 years, there have been significant advances in the understanding of the disease of obesity, its management in general, and metabolic and bariatric surgery specifically. While the 1991 Guidelines served its purpose, the ASMBS/IFSO 2022 Guidelines represent best practices for obesity care based on the best thinking and the most comprehensive body of evidence ever amassed around the surgical treatment of obesity.

Register and Attend the webinar and learn how to incorporate the guidelines into practice.

Foundation Events

3. Committee Updates

Are you interested in joining an ASMBS Committee?

The ASMBS gives members an opportunity to be involved in committees that impact research, education, patient access, reimbursement, technologic innovation, communication and public service. Apply to join an ASMBS Committee today!

4. Membership News

2023 Membership Renewal Cycle Now Open!

All memberships must be renewed annually. Membership is on a calendar-year basis (January – December).

It’s time to renew!  Members can pay their 2023 dues online today by logging in at ASMBS.org/Dashboard. We encourage you to renew early to beat the year-end rush and continue to take advantage of the many benefits that are included with your membership.  Please contact us at membership@asmbs.org for questions or assistance. Thank you for your continued support of ASMBS!

5. Advocacy & Access to Care

OCC October 2022 Advocacy Report

Finance Committee Chair Wyden Asks CBO to Score the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
CDC Calls for both Prevention and Treatment of Obesity
Trust for America’s Health 2022 State of Obesity Report
Obesity Advocates Respond to ICER Final Evidence Report on AOMs

See the latestObesity Care Contiuum Advocacy Report

Virginia Medicaid Success for AOM Addition Starting January 2023

The VA Medicaid P&T Committee followed recommendations to improve access to treatments for people with obesity. Starting January 1, 2023 all long-term weight management agents are on the preferred drug list
(with a PA): Contrave, Qsymia, Xenical, Saxenda, Wegovy. All Managed Care Organizations that are part of Medicaid – Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Aetna Better Health, Optima Family Care and Optima Health Community Care, United Community Health, and Virginia Premier – are required to allow AOM treatment and follow the same PA.