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Weight loss surgery coverage.

The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) is asking Medicare to provide coverage for bariatric surgery. Medicare currently covers gastric bypass surgery if it is medically appropriate and if the surgery is used to correct an illness that caused the obesity or was aggravated by it. ASBS is asking Medicare to expand its coverage to include laparoscopic procedures and to make coverage more uniform around the country, since Medicare coverage decisions for weight-loss surgery are generally decided from region to region. "The current coverage policy has become outdated as new surgical procedures have become available and as evidence mounts as to their safety and effectiveness," ASBS President Harvey Sugerman, M.D., said in a statement.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 15, 2005
Words:115
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