Marina Del Rey Hospital and BLIS Offer Employers Reduced Costs for Weight Loss Surgery
With obesity affecting a reported 33% of the American population, employers and healthcare providers are joining forces to battle the growing epidemic. Marina Del Rey Hospital and Marina Weight Loss, led by Medical Director Dr. Jeremy Korman, recently announced a partnership with BLIS to build an all-inclusive price for weight loss surgery.
With obesity affecting a reported 33% of the American population, employers andhealthcare providers are joining forces to battle the growing epidemic. Marina Del Rey Hospital and Marina Weight Loss, led by Medical Director Dr. Jeremy Korman, recently announced a partnership with BLIS to build an all-inclusive price for weight loss surgery.
Marina Weight Loss - BLIS Partnership
“Rising healthcare costs have every employer analyzing their healthcare expenditures,” stated Nicolas LaPerriere, director of Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital. “Creating a program where employers have a fixed package price for the entire cost of weight loss surgery makes sense. If employers know exactly what they will be paying for an employee’s surgery and don’t have to worry about the potential costs of an adverse event, they can analyze the outcomes and see the true cost benefits of this surgery.”
Marina Del Rey Hospital, Dr. Korman and BLIS’ partnership have helped bring the BLISNet Network to the Los Angeles area. BLISNet was established to provide employers that self-fund medical benefits with a cost-effective solution to offering weight loss surgery to their employees. The BLISNet Product provides the employer a pre-negotiated, fixed, transparent and all inclusive bundled price for each of the three primary types of laparoscopic bariatric surgery – adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) and sleeve gastrectomy. Included in the price for each procedure is the BLISCare complication protection product that protects payors against exposure to potential substantial claim costs.
“Aligning with BLIS to bring BLISNet to the L.A. marketplace shows our commitment to providing high quality healthcare in our community,” said Dr. Korman, who has successfully performed more than 1,000 weight loss surgeries. “Weight loss surgery can be a lifesaving tool for so many patients and providing avenues for access will help not only the patients who need it in our community, but save money for those employers interesting in investing in their employees futures.”
It is estimated that 20% of employer related healthcare costs are related to obesity. Weight loss surgery is a proven treatment in the fight against obesity. The payback for 100% of the covered laparoscopic procedures is reported to be two years, based solely on savings from future medical costs. Additional savings can include workers compensation, disability, paid days off, replacement training, and increases in productivity which all can shorten the payback time even further. By including the BLIS complication protection in the package price of weight loss surgery, employers can be confident that their costs are fixed and backed up by a highly rated, licensed insurance company.
“Healthcare is evolving everyday and bringing innovative solutions to patients and employers is one of our top priorities,” explained LaPerriere. “We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this program with the community in the future and watching lives change for the better.”
Find Out More
To learn more about the collaboration between Marina Del Rey, Dr. Korman and BLIS, please contact Marina Weight Loss at 800.491.1977.