Important Prerequisites to Bariatric Surgery

  • If you are considering weight-loss surgery, meet with your physician(s) well in advance of the surgery to develop a treatment plan and discuss whether the surgery is appropriate for you.
  • If your physician determines the surgery is medically necessary, consider using one of the Blue Distinction Centers, which have met certain program criteria for this procedure. Your physician will handle the approval process for you if it is to a network provider.
  • Contact Wellmark’s case managers , who are experienced at working with members with severe or complex medical needs, such as bariatric surgery, and provide valuable information and assistance to members pre- and post-surgery.

 

 
 
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