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TRICARE to cover sleeve gastrectomy for US patients

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has announced that TRICARE beneficiaries with severe obesity will now be covered for sleeve gastrectomy due to a policy change made in December 2015 by the healthcare program for members of the military and their families.

ASMBS welcomes Medicare LSG decision

Following the June 27th decision by the CMS to allow local coverage of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), bariatricnews.net discussed the decision and its implications, with Dr John Morton, chair of the ASMBS’ Access to Care Committee.

CMS allows LSG procedures in some Medicare centres

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced its decision on coverage for the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). The final decision will allow LSG to be covered by intermediary Medicare administrators as a stand-alone procedure at their discretion.

CMS Lap-Band change reduced costs, increased safety

According to a study featured in the Annals of Surgery, the February 2006 decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to restrict reimbursement for bariatric surgery to accredited centres and include coverage for laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) reduced the cost of procedures and increased safety measures.

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