May 15, 2013
The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery has again been accredited as a Level 1 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accreditation demonstrates the Center's commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients.
To earn the reaccreditation, the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the BSCN Accreditation Standards. Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and postoperatively.
As a Level 1 facility, the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a continuity of care strictly dedicated to bariatric surgery. Its multidisciplinary team is capable of managing the most challenging and complex patients. The Center also performs a high volume of bariatric procedures (more than the yearly minimum of 125 weight-loss operations required to receive this designation).
"Finding a center with this accreditation helps patients to know that the medical center and surgeon they select are qualified, experienced and prepared to provide the best possible care throughout their weight loss journey—before, during and after surgery," says Michael Schweitzer, M.D., surgeon and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recognized and allows expanded Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery for beneficiaries of all ages who have been diagnosed with other health problems associated with obesity. Medicare coverage has been limited to procedures performed in facilities accredited by the American College of Surgeons or the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.
For more information, visit the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery Web site.