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Revised Medicare Obesity Policy Prompts Closer Look At Bariatric Procedures

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Inamed plans to work with CMS to obtain Medicare coverage for its Lap-Band gastric banding system following the agency's decision to overhaul its non-coverage policy for obesity treatments

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Evidence on benefits, risks and cost of bariatric surgery will be weighed by the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in Baltimore Nov. 4. Inamed, which offers the Lap-Band gastric banding system, plans to attend the meeting. CMS recently overturned its non-coverage policy for obesity (1"The Gray Sheet" July 26, 2004, p. 14)...

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