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The Regence Group (which includes several Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah) has recently made 2 changes to their bariatric surgery medical policy no. 58 in the last couple of months. Effective September 1, 2012, Regence (FINALLY!) …
Pending final editorial re-writing, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Technology Evaluation Center appears poised to “endorse” the concept of gastric bypass surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in people who are not morbidly obese. The ramifications are, in my mind, monumental
In its November 2012 “Medical Policy Update Bulletin” UHC announced their Coverage Determination Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery are being revised effective December 1, 2012. You can access the full new Coverage Rationale at www.unitedhealthcareonline.com. Once you are on that site open the pdf file entitled …