CMS Drops Certification Requirement for Bariatric Centers

Yes or No Decision SwitchThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has dropped the requirement for certification for bariatric surgery facilities, effective for dates of service on and after September 25, 2013.

The agency stated in the decision memo released on September 24, 2013:

  • “We believe the available evidence is sufficient to determine that the requirement for facility certification/COE designation for coverage of approved bariatric surgery procedures does not provide improved outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.”

Why abandon this requirement?


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Bariatric Surgery Safety

Volume Trumps Center of Excellence Designation For Bariatric Surgery Safety

Bariatric Surgery SafetyThe results from a study led by the University of Michigan Health System revealed some shocking information about the safety of bariatric surgery and the quality of hospitals that perform the weight loss procedures.

The good news was the overall low rate of serious complications and general safety of bariatric surgery. What was surprising, however, was the finding that hospitals designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence did not determine greater safety for bariatric surgery.


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Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Hospital’s Bariatric Program Has What it Takes for Weight Loss Success

Bariatric Surgery Center of ExcellenceThe Bariatric and Weight Management Program at Hallmark Health’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

For a medical center to earn this distinction is something akin to an actor being awarded an Oscar or an athlete winning an Olympic gold medal. It recognizes excellence in achievement and dedication to the highest standards. Within the United States, there are fewer than 375 hospitals that have met the criteria necessary to become a Center of Excellence.


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