January 1, 2007

Weighing the decision to become a bariatric center of excellence

By: OR Manager

Bariatric surgery received a boost in February 2006, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would cover Medicare patients undergoing selected procedures. But patients must have the procedure at a facility accredited as a Bariatric Center of Excellence (BCOE) (sidebar, p 14).

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