|Pilot program to offer bariatric surgery as
legislative proviso has established a one-year pilot program that
offers bariatric surgery as a treatment option for morbidly obese
patients who meet certain criteria and who are insured with the S.C.
State Health Plan.
This includes some of the faculty, staff and health care providers at
MUSC. The plan is based on a first-come, first-served policy and is
limited to 100 people. Debbie Petitpain, a registered dietitian with
the MUSC Bariatric Surgery Team, said that it is encouraging that the
state is moving in the direction of increasing coverage for those in
need of surgery for morbid obesity.
She encourages anyone interested in being evaluated for the surgery to
attend the seminar, “Facts About Weight Loss Surgery.” Seminars are
held from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 in the first floor
auditorium of Ashley River Tower. Registration is required. Call
792-3046, option 9 to register.
At the end of the seminar, there will be discussion about issues
related specifically to the State Health Plan pilot project. If anyone
is interested and unable to attend the seminars, then call the number
above to discuss alternatives for getting this information.
“Ultimately, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina will decide which
of the appropriate candidates will be selected for surgery. However, it
is our hope to eventually achieve universal coverage for all those who
qualify and would benefit from weight loss surgery,” Petitpain said.
Friday, Oct. 1, 2010