Posts Tagged ‘ASMBS’

Three Steps for Dealing with Obesity

March 26, 2014 — The endocrinologists have gotten religion about dealing with obesity as a chronic disease. In 2011, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) adopted a position affirming that obesity is a complex, chronic disease. Ever since then, AACE has been showing up at every public forum that arises to affirm their support for addressing obesity as […]

No More Name-Calling

February 22, 2014 — Name-calling is something that civility puts out of bounds, especially when the subject is someone with a chronic disease or a disability. Decades have passed since it was permissible to demean people by labeling them with a disability or a chronic condition. Labels like “cripples,” “autistics,” and “epileptics” have — thankfully — passed out of […]

Your Top 9 in 2013: Obesity News that Mattered Most

December 28, 2013 — The obesity news that mattered the most to you in 2013 says a lot about the people who follow ConscienHealth. Number one on the list is “misleading reports of nutrition and obesity research.” Who would have guessed that integrity of research reporting would be at the top of your list. We’re glad we asked. Below […]

Three Take-Homes on Bariatric Surgery from Obesity Week

December 1, 2013 — Obesity Week 2013 provided rich new insights for bariatric surgery professionals, with three hot topics standing out, now that we have had time to consider what we heard. Long-Term Outcomes. An impressive range of diverse long-term outcome data provided insight into both long-term benefits of surgery and into dramatically different responses that people can have […]

Two Reasons for People-First Language in Obesity

November 16, 2013 — Weight bias studies presented at Obesity Week 2013 by ConscienHealth founder Ted Kyle and colleagues provide two reasons for people-first language in obesity. People-first language is an indication of less explicit weight bias. People with obesity find people-first language more acceptable from their doctors.   Kyle presented two studies of weight bias and people-first language that […]

Three Highlights of Thursday at Obesity Week 2013

November 15, 2013 — Thursday at Obesity Week 2013, the energy and buzz around this landmark meeting made it unmistakable that this new meeting was more than the sum of the two meetings that came before it. Registration totals announced at the Obesity Society business meeting — still preliminary — have topped 4,600, helping to make this point clear. […]

Get Your Obesity Week 2013 Abstract Books Here

November 11, 2013 — If you are like us and you’re registered for Obesity Week 2013, you might have ignored an email last week from Obesity Week titled “Obesity Week Handouts are now available!” Sure the exclamation point grabs attention, but the first line of the email says it’s about ASMBS handouts being available. That was a signal to […]

10 Highlights of Obesity Week Not to Miss

November 7, 2013 — The first ever Obesity Week meeting opens on Monday in Atlanta and runs for the entire week at the Georgia World Congress Center. With both the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Society meeting at once, you’ll need to plan very carefully if you’re going to be sure you don’t miss […]

CMS Ditches Obesity Surgery Quality Standards

September 26, 2013 — Seven years after imposing obesity surgery quality standards for Medicare, CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has decided to drop them entirely. Folks with their own (competing) standards had lobbied CMS to decide that the current standards weren’t working well enough and that they reduced access to care for some patients. To the […]

CMS Questions Value for Bariatric Centers of Excellence

June 29, 2013 — In a proposed decision memo, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid (CMS) services concludes that certification requirements for bariatric centers of excellence “do not improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.” And thus, CMS is proposing to remove the requirement for bariatric centers of excellence to receive reimbursement for Medicare patients. This proposed decision was […]