Medicare Considering Laproscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

October 6th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced they are considering covering laproscopic sleeve gastrectomy for eligible Medicare beneficiaries when performed in a recognized center of excellence. Since 2001, Medicare has covered laproscopic gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. It is asking for public comments on the effects of the surgery for the Medicare population. The comment period is open until October 30, 2011. A decision is expected by March 30, 2012. For more information see