Horizon BCBS of New Jersey Designates Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital As Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has selected Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) as one of just six healthcare facilities in New Jersey for inclusion in the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program. Healthcare facilities earning this status have been designated as Blue Distinction Centers for delivering quality care resulting in better overall outcomes for ‪bariatric‬ patients.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complications and readmissions, for gastric stapling and/or gastric banding procedures. A healthcare facility must also have earned national accreditations at both the facility level and the bariatric care-specific level.

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As obesity crisis spreads among adolescents, hospital ramps up weight-loss surgery program

As the obesity crisis has deepened among children and adolescents across the United States, doctors have become increasingly concerned that the heavy youngsters they are seeing have very adult problems.

Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, all hallmarks of adult obesity, are now turning up in kids as young as 11.

“We had never seen that before,” said Dr. Ragui Sadek, a physician at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at the Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick.

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2014 – A Pivotal Year for SRC

Pausing a moment to reflect on 2014, the team at SRC would like to wish you a prosperous new year and thank you for your continued interest, support, and participation in our programs. Your dedication to excellence – an initiative started by SRC 11 years ago – continues to save lives and improve patient care.

This past year SRC added two new service offerings, broadened the number of accreditation programs, and expanded its database product into multiple specialties beyond bariatric surgery. In addition to our expansion, SRC launched a rebranding campaign, which will result in a new look and improved website we expect to unveil this Spring.

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World’s First Center of Excellence in Pediatric & Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has been designated as the first Adolescent Center of Excellence for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in the world, by the international Surgical Review Corporation. The designation recognizes that BMSCH and its surgeons are providing exceptional care and are dedicated to continuously improving patient safety and success.

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Robotic Surgery Excellence Programs Now Available

The Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) launched the Center of Excellence and Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS and SOERS) programs at the CRSA Worldwide Congress, last October.

The CRSA and SRC worked closely together to determine the designation requirements and ensure they addressed the present and future needs of patients and providers. The program requirements are coupled with an objective evaluation process that enables a thorough review of each candidate. To prevent bias and protect participant confidentiality, SRC will independently manage all operational aspects of the program.

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SRC and CRSA Launch Excellence Programs in Robotic Surgery

CRSA SealRALEIGH, NC and CHICAGO, IL (April 15, 2013) – Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) and the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA) today announced the joint development of a global Center of Excellence in Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery (COERALS) program. Consistent with the quality and safety ideals held by both organizations, this designation program will identify, cultivate, support and recognize minimally invasive robotic surgery surgeons and facilities that achieve defined standards for excellence in general surgery and related specialties: upper gastrointestinal, hepatopancreatobiliary, thoracic, colorectal, vascular, transplant, otolaryngology, endocrine, oncology and bariatric.

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The Benefits of COEMIG

Is it worth the time, effort, and expense to become designated a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology? The answer is without a doubt YES, YES and YES!

The process of becoming a designated Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology has been a beneficial journey in assessing and improving our skills, processes, and education at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. When we started our journey more than 5 years ago, we only had 2 CGE certified gynecologic surgeons and performed 600 hysterectomies annually of which only 32% were performed minimally invasively. Currently, we have 15 credentialed surgeons for major MIGS cases and 7 COE surgeons. Our community education program linked with physician education attracted new surgeons and many new patients. We are on a path to a projected volume of 1500 MIGS cases in 2012. Our complication rate has decreased dramatically from 9% to under 1%. We now perform 94% of our major gynecology cases minimally invasively.

Ray Wertheim, M.D.
Director of the MIG Division at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Fairfax, Virginia

Lynne Kennedy RN, RNFA, MSN, CNOR, CLNC, CCRN Emeritus
Program Coordinator, Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery & Palliative Care
Fairfax, Virginia

ObGyn News Article Featuring COEMIG

A minimally invasive approach is increasingly accepted as the standard of care when it comes to gynecologic surgery, and insurance payers, who were slow to accept this approach, now recognize its value for improving outcomes and lowering costs, according
to Dr. Steven F. Palter. Enter COEMIG – the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive
Gynecology Program.

“COEMIG is a revolution in minimally invasive gynecology. Instead of focusing on a single operation or doctor, it ensures an entire system is in place to deliver the highest quality of
care,” said Dr. Palter, medical and scientific director at Gold Coast IVF in Syosset, N.Y.

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Recognition of Your Excellence: Transforming Your Practice With AAGL’s COEMIG

For years members of the AAGL have struggled with the limited acceptance and adoption of minimally invasive gynecology. We recognized that a minimally invasive approach was better for our patients and resulted in a quicker recovery, lower morbidity, and lower cost of care. Unfortunately, insurance payors were slow to accept these benefits and patients often
knew nothing about their minimally invasive options or who were the best providers. AAGL members trained and developed their endoscopic skills because they knew it was best for their patients but reimbursement never reflected the time
required or benefits.

Steven F. Palter, M.D.
Program Director for COEMIG
Chair of the COEMIG Outcomes Committee
Former President of the CGE
Medical & Scientific Director at the Gold Coast IVF
Syosset, New York

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Taking the AAGL to the Next Level

Throughout the history of the AAGL, there have been a number of milestones achieved by the organization which have elevated the credibility and respect, not only for society as a
whole, but also for all members as well. Key moments include the organization of the first
meetings by Jordan Phillips and his band of brothers; the election of Barbara Levy as the
society’s first female president; the birth of the Journal and the publication of evidence based clinical guidelines, the incorporation of SurgeryU, and the successful launch of a
highly competitive Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Keith B. Isaacson, M.D.
President of the AAGL
Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at Harvard Medical School
Director of Partners Center for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Newton Wellesley Hospital MIGS Center
Newton, Massachusetts

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