Marina Del Rey Hospital and L.A. Bariatrics Announce Partnership with BLIS to Offer Employers Innovative Program to Battle Obesity

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Pioneering Product Helps Employers Reduce Costs for Weight Loss Surgery

Los Angeles Weight Loss Surgery Center

LA Bariatrics

Weight loss surgery can be a lifesaving tool for so many patients and providing avenues for access will help not only the patients who need it in our community, but save money for those employers interesting in investing in their employees futures.

With obesity affecting a reported 33% of the American population, employers and healthcare providers are joining forces to battle the growing epidemic. Marina Del Rey Hospital and L.A. Bariatrics, led by Medical Director Dr. Jeremy Korman, recently announced a partnership with BLIS to build an all-inclusive price for weight loss surgery.

“Rising healthcare costs have every employer analyzing their healthcare expenditures,” stated Nicolas LaPerriere, director of Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital. “Creating a program where employers have a fixed package price for the entire cost of weight loss surgery makes sense. If employers know exactly what they will be paying for an employee’s surgery and don’t have to worry about the potential costs of an adverse event, they can analyze the outcomes and see the true cost benefits of this surgery.”

Marina Del Rey Hospital, Dr. Korman and BLIS’ partnership have helped bring the BLISNet Network to the Los Angeles area. BLISNet was established to provide employers that self-fund medical benefits with a cost-effective solution to offering weight loss surgery to their employees. The BLISNet Product provides the employer a pre-negotiated, fixed, transparent and all inclusive bundled price for each of the three primary types of laparoscopic bariatric surgery – adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) and sleeve gastrectomy. Included in the price for each procedure is the BLISCare complication protection product that protects payors against exposure to potential substantial claim costs.

“Aligning with BLIS to bring BLISNet to the LA marketplace shows our commitment to providing high quality healthcare in our community,” said Dr. Korman, who has successfully performed more than 1,000 weight loss surgeries. “Weight loss surgery can be a lifesaving tool for so many patients and providing avenues for access will help not only the patients who need it in our community, but save money for those employers interesting in investing in their employees futures.”

It is estimated that 20% of employer related healthcare costs are related to obesity. Weight loss surgery is a proven treatment in the fight against obesity. The payback for 100% of the covered laparoscopic procedures is reported to be two years, based solely on savings from future medical costs. Additional savings can include workers compensation, disability, paid days off, replacement training, and increases in productivity which all can shorten the payback time even further. By including the BLIS complication protection in the package price of weight loss surgery, employers can be confident that their costs are fixed and backed up by a highly rated, licensed insurance company.

“Healthcare is evolving everyday and bringing innovative solutions to patients and employers is one of our top priorities,” explained LaPerriere. “We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this program with the community in the future and watching lives change for the better.”

To learn more about the collaboration between Marina Del Rey, Dr. Korman and BLIS, please contact LA Bariatrics at 800.491.1977.

About Marina Del Rey Hospital
Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles is a boutique surgical hospital focusing on bariatric, spine, orthopedic, and minimally invasive surgery. LA Bariatrics, the bariatric surgery program at Marina Del Rey Hospital, offers patients an astounding level of care by a multidisciplinary medical team. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, this weight loss center meets high standards for experience in bariatric procedures and inpatient care.

About L.A. Bariatrics & Dr. Jeremy Korman
Dr. Jeremy Korman is the medical director of L.A. Bariatrics and has successfully performed over 1,000 weight loss surgical procedures on patients from all over the United States. Dr. Korman and his multidisciplinary team focus on helping patients to realize their weight loss goals and achieve better health. The L.A. Bariatrics team combines exceptional surgical outcomes with nutritional, psychosocial and exercise support for all patients within the program.

About BLIS, Inc.
BLIS, Inc. is a privately held company based in Portland, Oregon offering financial and insurance products designed to help improve access to surgery. The principal insurance product developed by BLIS is called BLISCare™, an innovative and proprietary product that insures surgeons for complication related care. BLIS, who is also the program administrator for the BLISCare product, has provided protection on more than 3,700 bariatric cases on behalf of 230 BLIS surgeons. By addressing the complication risk associated with bariatric surgery, BLIS is helping employers assist their employees obtain bariatric surgery. BLISCare is underwritten by Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company, part of Ironshore Insurance Ltd. which currently has a Best's Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent).

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