Spring 2012 Issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine Now Available - The Spring 2012 issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine is now available online! The theme for this issue is complex and controversial issues regarding obesity, so you will find some very interesting articles inside!
You can view the Spring 2012 issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine online by clicking here.>>>
Texas-based Hospital Citizens Medical Center Suspends Body Mass Index Employment Requirement - On April 12, David Brown, CEO of Citizens Medical Center, contacted OAC President and CEO, Joe Nadglowski, with the news that Citizens' weight-based hiring policy had been suspended.
The OAC was alerted that the hospital enacted this policy toward the end of March, and we immediately reached out to Mr. Brown expressing our concern. You can read the full story on this issue by clicking here.>>>
OAC Asks Membership to Submit Comments to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regarding Sleeve Gastectomy - The week of April 23, the OAC alerted our membership and followers to a call of action! We asked them to submit comments to CMS in favor of full coverage of the sleeve gastrectomy procedure that CMS is proposing to limit. The comment period ended on April 28. There were more than 400 comments submitted to CMS. Thank you to everyone who sent in comments.
OAC and Obesity PPM Announce Webinar #3 in Webinar Series - The third webinar in the webinar series on the understanding of obesity will be "Obesity & Health Policy." This webinar, set to take place on May 24 at 8PM EST, will feature OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski and Morgan Downey, JD, Chief Health Policy Officer at Obesity PPM.
You can register for this free webinar now by clicking here.>>>
OAC Exhibits at American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) Spring Obesity Conference - OAC Chairman of the Board, Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, exhibited on behalf of the OAC at the ASBP Spring Obesity Conference, April 26-28 in Denver, CO. Pam also had the opportunity to speak to the attendees about the OAC and our mission.
ASBP is a medical professional association for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants focused on the treatment and management of those affected by obesity. Recently, ASBP entered into a membership partnership with the OAC, purchasing OAC memberships for all members of ASBP.
OAC Welcomes Two New Members to the OAC Chairman’s Council through the OAC Sponsored Membership Program - This past month, the OAC has added two new practices to the Chairman’s Council Membership level who have signed-on to participate in the OAC Sponsored Membership Program – Minimally Invasive Surgery Center in Shreveport, LA and Surgical Weight Loss Solutions at Tempe St. Luke’s in Tempe, AZ.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Center is led by Drs. Stephanie and James Barnes, who recently signed-up to give OAC memberships to each of their patients. Minimally Invasive Surgery Center specializes in bariatric surgery as a solution to help individuals affected by obesity and severe obesity. They have shown a true commitment to make a difference in advocacy, and joining their patients in the OAC is a great first-step toward making their footprint.
Surgical Weight Loss Solutions at Tempe St. Luke’s also joined in the OAC Sponsored Membership Program recently. This practice, led by Eric Schlesinger, MD, and Kurt Sprunger, MD, also treats those affected by obesity through bariatric surgery and their eagerness to sign-on to this important program is helping to directly grow the patient voice in obesity. Surgical Weight Loss Solutions at Tempe St. Luke’s has shown their willingness to engage their patients in the OAC and we are excited to have them as part of this valuable program.
The OAC Sponsored Membership Program has added several new practices in the past few months, which demonstrates the strong message of growing the patient voice in obesity is being heard more and more each day. Practices who sign-up to participate in this program not only receive a 50 percent discount off each Individual Membership, but they also will automatically qualify as part of the OAC Chairman’s Council – the highest membership level of the OAC.
To learn more about this program and to sign-up, please contact Kristy Kuna, OAC Director of Programs and Membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.>>>