Cleaning out some old files the other day I came upon an old legal document in an old folder I hadn’t looked at in a long time. It is appropriate that I stumbled upon it as we approach Thanksgiving because reading it made me very thankful that our practice could be a part of an amazing group of like-minded souls who deserve our thanks.
The document was the Articles of Incorporation I prepared and filed in 1997, establishing a non-profit corporation named “THE INTERNATIONAL OBESITY SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP”
Lofty were the purposes I drafted when I set IOSSG up back in 1997. I guess when it came to establishing goals for a brand new non-profit dealing with the subject of obesity I reached up pretty high! Those goals were never met by IOSSG – but I don’t feel like it failed. As I write this in 2014 I am so very THANKFUL that so many other individuals and organizations have made it their purpose to fulfill those goals and also dared to dream about helping those of us who suffer from, or are affected by, the chronic disease of obesity. We are all much better off because of these dedicated folks.
Amazing patient-centric groups like Bariatric Pal, ObesityHelp provide wonderful support for those of us who are post-op, and assist people exploring their options. Bariatric Support Centers International works tirelessly to train support group leaders who can guide patients. There are so many others who take on this support role and we at Lindstrom Obesity Advocacy want to Thank You!
Last, but most certainly not least, is the work of the Obesity Action Coalition led by its President and CEO, the indefatigable Joe Nadglowski, his incredible staff, and its fantastic Board of Directors, chaired by the wonderful Ted Kyle. OAC cuts across the spectrum of support and advocacy and impacts each and every goal I envisioned for IOSSG so long ago. OAC draws together diverse individuals, groups, corporate partners, professional societies and governmental agencies, all with the goal of improving the lives of those of us impacted by obesity. What OAC has done in a remarkably short period of time for all of us is impossible to measure. Our THANKS for being able to be a small part of it.
So while I was never able to personally get IOSSG off the ground I am so grateful that thousands of people have made it their personal mission to meet those lofty purposes I could only dream about in 1997. Seeing how far we’ve come I can only imagine what lies in store 17 years from now. I guess I’ll mark my calendar to clean out some old files in 2031 and let you know how we’re all doing!
Thank you so much for your email. I honestly didn’t think that things would change with this appeal but it was worth trying. Thank you for all of your hard work and follow up. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate everything that you have done for me. It is amazing to know that there are people in your corner.All the best to you and your clients.
Hello Walter and Kelley,
I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to you both, as well as to your team! Everything happened very quickly after my appeal hearing on June 26th, and I had my bypass surgery on July 10th !! And I went back to work on Monday July 15th, so its all been a whirlwind! I am feeling great, the weight is coming off, and I am starting to really feel like I am getting back to normal (well my new normal that is).
This would not have happened without your help, and I am forever grateful for all the work you all did to help me. I will certainly recommend you all to anyone going through the same struggle as I did. You all are just wonderful and made the process very easy. I just want you all to know how much I appreciate all your help!
Thank you. I’m so emotional right now! You guys are helping me change my life. When everyone told me that I would not be approved,you guys made me feel confident that there was a way. I am forever grateful.
After my initial denial by Cigna I hired Lindstrom Obesity Advocacy to handle my appeals and am happy to say that my denials were overturned on independent review. Kelley was wonderful, always available to me and always on top of the appeals at every turn. She kept me informed of any progress as soon as it developed. She really seems to care about her clients. I highly recommend using them. My first denial was in June and the denials were overturned in August on independent review. My surgeon’s office commented on how fast the process was compared to the experience of others in their office. . . . It was the best money I ever spent and I am over the moon that this worked out for me. My recommendation is don’t wait to contact them. I contacted them immediately after I got my first denial and they handled the rest. So that’s my two cents!
I had to go to external review but I’m now APPROVED for revision from Band to RNY!!!! I can’t say enough positive things about Kelley & Walter at Lindstrom Obesity Advocacy. If you find yourself stuck with denials from insurance companies, I highly recommend them!
I want to almost cry after seeing what you have done and going to the ends of the earth in defending my efforts and struggles. I want to thank you so much (the both of you) for all of your efforts. It has really meant the world to me.
Oh my God!
Thank You so much! It has been wonderful working with you.
Thank you so much Kelley (and Walter!). I so appreciate all you have done for me!!!
I’m so excited to finally be able to move on!
Thank you very much for your quick reply and the helpful tips on what should be done. I will proceed as you recommended and contact you again should I need additional assistance. I appreciate knowing that there is someone out there that is willing to fight to help me have a better life. You need to know how much just just the words in your email mean to me. Thanks again and have a wonderful new year!wing that there is someone out there that is willing to fight to help me have a better life. You need to know how much just just the words in your email mean to me. Thanks again and have a wonderful new year!
Didn't Have To Retain Us!
Thank You, so much. I cannot express my gratitude for what you and
Walter do. It is absolutely overwhelming to have someone that has your
back and knows exactly what avenues to take to seek approval. I know
that it is not always successful but, I am so grateful for the outcome.
I spoke with my doctors office yesterday and my surgery is scheduled for
December 12. Merry Christmas to me!