Medicare Releases Proposed New Rules for Weight-Loss Surgery

On November 23, 2005, CMS, the governing agency of Medicare, released proposed new rules under a National Coverage Decision (NCD) for weight-loss surgery. The OAC strongly believes these proposed rules are a positive change that will improve access to the treatment of morbid obesity. Understanding the rules and regulations proposed under the NCD are important not only for those currently insured by Medicare but also for those covered by commercial insurance policies as many insurance companies base their coverage decisions on Medicare’s policies.

The OAC strongly encourages all those affected by obesity (patients, family members and healthcare professionals) to raise your voice and respond to Medicare. The OAC developed the following guide to encourage and assist those affected by obesity in their advocacy efforts. The guide includes additional information on the NCD as well as the procedure for posting a comment to CMS. Click here to view A Patient’s Guide to Advocating for Improved Access to Weight-Loss Surgery under Medicare.

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