Bariatric Times

NOV 2017

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21 ASMBS State Chapter Spotlight Bariatric Times • November 2017 T he keynote speaker was then presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. By 2006, the coalition had become a chapter under ASMBS, and the financial crisis made it impossible to f und the Senate Bill. Fortunately, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced coverage of bariatric surgery, and COE standards were being implemented. Much of the l egislative action of the chapter concluded, and focus was shifted to local advocacy to enhance employer- based coverage plans. As of 2016, 27.4 percent of adults in F lorida have obesity, according to data from The State of Obesity website. This The state ranks 36th in the country for the states with the highest obesity rates. However, Florida is fourth among 1 0-to-17-year-olds for combined overweight and obesity at 36.6 percent. ANNUAL MEETING The Florida, Puerto Rico, and C aribbean chapter has had an annual meeting every year since its inception, with the exception of 2017. The date for the 2018 meeting is to be determined. The chapter has had two "Chapter Journal Club" sessions, which are broadcasted to all members via the internet and are coordinated by State Chapter Vice President Muhammad Jawad and Andre Texiera, MD. Additionally, the chapter has also had two educational dinners sponsored by companies in the industry. ACCOMPLISHMENTS Under the leadership of Samuel Szomstein, MD, FACS, FASMBS, elected as the second Chapter President in November of 2013, the chapter grew from a handful of members to its current 76 active members. It also became financially stable, and currently has over $24,000 to be used for chapter activities, efforts, and projects, which include the following: • The Florida chapter created an Integrated Health Executive Board. Lynne Thompson, RN, CBN, is president and Lillian Craggs Dino is vice president • The chapter expanded to include Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. • Numerous advocacy efforts with state legislators were coordinated by the Chapter STAR (State Access to Care Representative), Joseph Chebli, MD. • The first ever statewide Pedometer Challenge was held on February 2, 2015. Over 560 people participated from 36 different bariatric centers and walked over 2,900 miles, or 6.1 million steps. This campaign was so successful that ASMBS created a nationwide pedometer challenge inspired by theirs. • Advocacy training meetings were sponsored by the chapter, which was organized in conjuction with Lynne Thompson and Obesity Coalition's Joe Nadglowski. JOIN THE CHAPTER The chapter has raised almost $24,000 in the Florida state chapter account. They want to encourage all surgeons and integrated health p roviders to join the Florida, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean chapter. Chapter dues can be paid now by logging in to the ASMBS website:, and clicking " Renew Today!" For those who have already paid their ASMBS dues and opted out of the Florida, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean state chapter dues but wish to pay them now, visit the links b elow: S urgeons. forms/2016-asmbs-online-payment- form-mds-only/ Integrated Health. www.asmbs.wufoo. com/forms/asmbs-online-payment- f orm-integrated-health/ FUNDING: No funding was provided. DISCLOSURES: The authors report no conflicts of interest relevant to hte content of this article. AUTHOR AFFILIATIONS: Samuel Szomstein, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is an associate chairman of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of General and Vascular Surgery, as well as director of the fellowship program in advance MIS and Bariatrics, for the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. Michel Murr, MD, FACS, is a Professor and Director of Bariatric Surgery at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and the Founding President of the ASMBS Florida state chapter. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Please direct all correspondence to Angela Saba at

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