Bariatric Times

MAY 2017

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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C l i n i c a l D e v e l o p m e n t s a n d M e t a b o l i c I n s i g h t s i n T o t a l B a r i a t r i c P a t i e n t C a r e Volume 14, Number 5 May 2017 A P e e r - R e v i e w e d P u b l i c a t i o n W W W . B A R I A T R I C T I M E S . C O M LIKE us on Facebook • FOLLOW us on Twitter • CONNECT with us on LinkedIn Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Lebanon Junction, KY Permit #344 DOWNLOAD OR UPDATE THE BARIATRIC TIMES APP TODAY! ITunes Google (Android) Download the BT app for your mobile device! Scan this QR code with your QR reader for the digital edition of Bariatric Times. EDITORIAL MESSAGES ................3 A Message from D r. Raul J. Rosenthal: Reflecting on My Term as ASMBS President, Updates from the Society, and Remembering Ronald "Ronnie" H. Clements, MD A Message from Dr. Christopher Still: Obesity and Diabetes Take Top Spots in Study on Preventable Life-years Lost in the United States Population Also Inside I N ME MO R I A M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I n Me m o r ia m : R o na ld " R o nnie " H . C le m e nt s , MD BRIEF REPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 SOARD Journal Club— A Dedicated Forum for the Critical Analysis of SOARD Publications ASMBS FOUNDATION UPDATE . . . 17 HOT TOPICS IN INTEGRATED HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 An Update from the ASMBS Integrated Health President NEWS AND TRENDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 JOURNAL WATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 RESEARCH BITES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 CALENDAR OF EVENTS ................26 CARTOON CORNER ...................... 26 MARKETPLACE ........................... 26 AD INDEX ....................................27 BRIEF REPORT Page 10 REFLECTIONS OF A PAST PRESIDENT: The ASMBS Presidency Exit Interview of Dr. Raul J. Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal, congratulations on completing a successful term serving as the 30th President of ASMBS. Please discuss main goals leading into your term and how they were achieved. Dr. Rosenthal: I began planning for my term as ASMBS President in early 2015. My goals were to continue the projects initiated by my predecessors and also to achieve some milestones that I had set up for myself during my year as a leader. I knew that I wanted to focus on creating awareness, engaging the membership, identifying new stars, and increasing communications via social media. Another important goal in maintaining our relevance was the development of new committees. In 2016, we started several new committees, such as Flexible Endoscopy, Obesity Prevention, General and Foregut Surgery, Military, Video, Community/Independent Practice, and Bariatric Surgery Training. Page 12 COLLABORATIVE ADVOCACY AGAINST THE RISING TIDE OF OBESITY A Winning Strategy Pays Off in South Carolina BACKGROUND After a year and a half of concentrated lobbying on multiple fronts, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has expanded program coverage for bariatric surgery to include sleeve gastrectomy for approximately 890,000 South Carolinians with fee- for-service Medicaid benefits. This decision, which took effect July 1, 2016, marked a significant turning point in obesity treatment access for Medicaid patients in South Carolina, who previously only had coverage for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). This story is one of victory in which advocates fought against the rising tide of obesity, where economic and clinical barriers are still slow to fall and allow access for patients to the proven treatment of bariatric surgery. COLLABORATIVE ADVOCACY AND STAYING POWER We have been separately active in the long history of advocacy for bariatric surgery coverage in South Carolina. By 2010, when laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy had been added to bariatric procedure options, we broadened our advocacy targets and joined forces. by JOHN D. SCOTT, MD, AND NATALIE HEIDRICH INTERVIEW RAUL J. ROSENTHAL, MD, FACS, FASMBS Past President(2015- 2016), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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