The new Medicare coverage decision is a very positive development for those affected by obesity, since private insurers often look to government policy when establishing their own coverage guidelines.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 3, 2006 –
The recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a new national coverage policy expanding the benefits for weight loss surgery for Medicare recipients may have an impact on the private insurance industry and make bariatric surgery a viable option for people who could not otherwise afford the procedure.
“One of the most common questions I am asked is whether insurance or Medicare will pay for weight loss surgery,” says Craig Thompson, co-author of the new e-Book Weight Loss Surgery Insurance Secrets. “The new Medicare coverage decision is a very positive development for those affected by obesity, since private insurers often look to government policy when establishing their own coverage guidelines.”
Thompson, a professional big band singer, had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in 1997 and has successfully maintained a healthy weight for nearly nine years. Two years ago, he founded http://www.RenewedReflections.com, an online support and informational resource for people who are considering or have had bariatric surgery. He has done extensive research on insurance trends and policies related to bariatric surgery and this week released a new e-Book, Weight Loss Surgery Insurance Secrets. The e-Book is designed to help people who desire weight loss surgery navigate the maze of insurance requirements and avoid having to pay thousands for the procedure out-of-pocket.
On February 21, 2006, CMS announced a new national coverage determination expanding the benefits for weight loss surgery procedures for all Medicare recipients. The decision covers specific bariatric procedures for patients who are morbidly obese, suffer from an obesity-related comorbidity, and have been previously unsuccessful with the medical treatment of obesity. Coverage of approved procedures for beneficiaries over 65 will only be provided if the surgery is performed at a “center of excellence” certified by the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons/Surgical Review Corporation or the American College of Surgeons.
To learn more about how insurance providers determine whether to pay for bariatric surgery and the details of the new Medicare coverage decision, visit http://www.weight-loss-surgery-insurance.com.