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!
This made my life. Literally. I cannot begin to thank you enough for your expert help in having this over turned for me. I know without your help, it wouldnt have been possible. My surgeon has me scheduled for surgery on Feb 6. I will be sure to stay in touch and let you know how it all goes. I have a lot of hope that I will be able to come off of my insulin pump and have better control with just a few injections. I truly believe this is possible for me, and that my quality of life will be so much better. The work you have done is going to change so much for me. I plan, in turn, to make a difference for many others. Its a pretty great ripple effect, isnt it?
I hired them for my appeal. They were great and I was approved a week after submission and my case was not an easy win. I was a revision case and Walter’s appeal letter brought tears to my eyes.
Walter and Kelley,
1 year ago today I had surgery with Dr. Alok Gandhi at Rochester general hospital. I am happy to report that I have lost 120 lbs., off all of my medicine and cpap machine. I take vitamin supplements but everything else is gone. I just wanted to thank you again for your help with CIGNA and wish you both a great day and a very heartfelt “Thank You”.
Mrs. Lindstrom, Thank you for the great news.I will call my surgeon’s office to work out a schedule. I am grateful that they referred me to your office and I will recommend you to anyone who needs assistance.I believe that this result was achieved only through the advocacy of your firm. Thank you very much for all of your effort.
Wishing you and Walter a GREAT 2015 also. You both gave me the tool I needed to get my life back – without the both of you (and your AMAZING team) working on my case I cannot say that I would be where I am today. I APPRECIATE all you did and continue to do for people like me. I continue to spread the word about your advocacy group and all you can help other accomplish if they only make that first call or send that first email like I did. I hope others I have talked to have taken advantage of the help and guidance you can provide. I will sing your praises to anyone who will listen – especially if they have a denial for surgery.
Oh my goodness!!!! Kelley – I can’t say thank you enough!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! This is the BEST news ever. I am SO HAPPY! Thank you! Please tell me where/how I can leave you a review. Both you and Mr. Lindstrom went so above and beyond my highest hopes. I am so incredibly thankful. You guys are the best! Calling now to schedule the surgery!!!
I am absolutely over the moon excited right now. I finished my 6 months supervised diet/nutrition with my surgeon’s office back in April, but I was denied when it was submitted to insurance, despite having a BMI of 42 and GERD (they denied it and said GERD wasn’t one of their approved co-morbidities, and my insurance plan requires a co-morbidity regardless of BMI). I immediately contacted Lindstrom Obesity Advocacy and began the appeals process with them. Within a month of them sending in my (wonderfully written) appeal letter, I just received a call to let me know that United has approved me for surgery and has provided their office with the approval and authorization number. . . . I am beyond excited! This is actually happening!!
I just called my doctor’s office and the scheduler was absolutely amazed the denial got overturned! She said she has done tons of appeals for patients and it doesn’t ever usually work out this way. I can’t speak highly enough of Kelley and the Lindstrom group.
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 just wanted to update you and let you know how much we appreciated your help in getting us this approval. My wife had the procedure done in October and has been doing great. Already she has lost weight and her sugar counts are stable and doing fine. The Doctor has taken her off Insulin and High Blood Pressure medicine as a result. She feels real good on the progress she made so far. Once again, thanks for all your help.