Tweet chat on insurance hurdles to bariatric surgery

February 12, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
This weekend, Amir Ghaferi, M.D., M.S., Director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, and colleagues, will explore why many insurance companies do not cover bariatric surgery and why those who do place difficult requirements prior to approval. Ghaferi along with Neil Floch, M.D., bariatric surgeon at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Conn.; Arghavan Salles, M.D., Ph.D., bariatric surgeon at Washington University Medical Center; Babak Moeinolmolki, M.D.. bariatric surgeon at Healthy Life Bariatrics in Los Angeles; and general surgery resident Heather Logghe, M.D., will contribute to the discussion. The obesity medicine experts plan to engage patients, health practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss the evidence around insurance companies’ current policies, bariatric surgery for treatment of obesity and diabetes and how obese patients can access care. “Other chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are widely covered by insurers without significant hurdles to evidence-based treatment,” Ghaferi said.
Location: Use the hashtag #OBSM to ask questions and follow the conversation.