Will Medicare reimburse me for bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
In order for Medicare to reimburse the cost of weight loss surgery, surgical centers need to be certified by either the ASBS (American Society of Bariatric Surgery) or the ACS (American College of Surgeons). Medicare recently has agreed to pay for bariatric procedures even if another co-morbidity (another health problem, such as diabetes) was not found. This could change the reimbursement landscape for growing procedures, like gastric banding—which are sometimes offered to less heavy patients (those with a BMI of 30 and at least one co-morbidity.
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