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Hi. I know this probably is kind of late. I just joined the Obesityhelp.com So I'm still trying to get use to this. However I can definitely help you with the issue you are having. I have Amerigroup and I am now in the last process of everything. Today my info has been sent to insurance so now I'm just having to wait on insurance to approve it. You can always message me and I can walk you through it...
i'm chuckling- I asked him the same question and got about the same answer! He just did my sleeve and I am super impressed with his skill. I used one dose of pericet when I got home, that is IT. He said he was testing out a new way of pain block during surgery that would eliminate the patient from ever being in pain- thus never starting the pain cycle. Anyway, is the number of surgeries THE deciding factor? No doubt he has done a ton of them, but obviously he still has time to learn and grow. Better yet, look at his successes. He is extremely talented. Great choice in my opinion!
Hello OH GA Members,
We need your voice. We need you to join our Advocacy Team.
As many of you know, weight loss surgery in Georgia is at risk! Unfortunately, Georgia's State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) has eliminated coverage for bariatric surgery starting in 2012. In reality, that termination is effective now due to their requirement for a 6-month medical weight management prior to surgery.
You can help in two ways:
1. Did you have WLS from coverage provided through the SHBP? Do you know of anyone that is a state employee, school system employee, retiree and/or dependents that have had WLS? Are you a professional that works with patients covered by SHBP that have had WLS? If so, we would appreciate receiving stories of anyone that has had surgery covered by the SHBP. In your story, please include how your surgery helped you to lose weight and impacted your health thereby reducing your medical costs and/or diabetes.
Please send any stories or experiences to our Advocacy Team at email@example.com.
2. Along with OH, you can become involved through the Obesity Action Coalition on their Georgia Action Center page:
The current cuts by the SHBP set a possible precedent for other insurers to follow. Even if the current SHBP cuts don't impact you now, we don't know where this will lead. What if a loved one, friend or business associate of yours will not be able to obtain the life-saving health benefit of WLS in the future?
Any ideas, help and support you can provide will make a tremendous difference. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In advance, thank you!
Southside Weight Loss Surgery Support!
Welcome Friends to SOUTHSIDE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP; located at PIEDMOUNT HENRY MEDICAL CENTER: 1133 Eagles Landing Parkway; Stockbridge, Georgia 30281. Meetings are held in the Education Building in the Foundation Board Room starting at 7:00 to 8:00 on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Support information is facilitated by Dorothy Jean (Jeannie) Armstrong-Obesity Help Support Leader. Contact information email (email@example.com); (404)754-8801. Online support information (http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/jeannie_4759/ )
Pam Lopaz- assistant co-leader
We are here to help you along your JOURNEY and Better Health.
Piedmont Henry Medical Center does not support WLS, but has given us a place to give support to those in need. Here is the link to the class information that they post for us, (http://www.piedmonthenry.org/classes/supportgroups)
March 26, 2013
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Come and enjoy the meeting others that are in this JOURNEY together, for as we all walk in this new way of life that we have chosen.
I have been meaning to attend a meeting but keep forgetting when they are. Could someone post the schedule. I am 6 weeks post op and really need to find a support group.
Things are going along nicely, I feel great, the weight is still coming off..slowly!! But it's coming off. I'm still low carbing, walking 40 minutes a day and am up to 150 crunches a day. I measured myself and my bust, waist and hips are already at goal, my upper arms and thighs just need to catch up! LOL
I'm so happy the surgery is behind me, the last few months with my band were pretty bad.
I'm back on top of things, looking into getting my arms "done"...if anyone knows a plastic surgeon in the Atlanta area that has experience doing brachioplasty, let me know.
I hope all of you are doing fine..I don't get on much but I think about you all often :)
Have a good night
I cant seem to make my ticker show up!!!.....but I have 11 pounds to go to reach my goal of 130 pounds.
Hi ... My PCP does not accept Medicaid but he did complete my medical necessity letter within a timely manner. I have new insurance (Cigna) and had to find a new PCP and I found Dr. Paul Ellis in my provider network directory. My initial appt. with him was on 2/8 for my complete physical which consisted of labs and EKG. We discussed my medical history; I also had my medical records with me. The next day I received a call from his PA who informed me that my lab showed I was anemic and that Dr. Ellis needed to see me back the following week. I went back and had more labs and had to be referred to a Hematologist for iron infusions. Dr. Ellis completed my medical necessity letter that same week and sent it over to my surgeon. Dr. Ellis is AWESOME and very knowledgeable about bariatric surgery and is an proponent for surgery when he feels it could be beneficial. He's with North Chattahoochee Family Physicians group in Johns Creek. Good Luck to you!!!
I attended the Support Group Meeting today at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and really enjoyed the meeting! Everyone was VERY nice and very open about their experience. I actually did have questions and they were quickly answered. The group was very supportive and gave what I felt to be as very honest answers about what to expect. I was very happy to meet people that had their surgeries by my doctor and got the chance to meet people that are scheduled to have their surgeries with my doctor. I definitely see myself participating in the group sessions post-op! So very happy I was able to attend.