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Iowa Weight Loss Specialists Receives Recertification as an Optum Center of Excellence for Bariatrics

June 5, 2023

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Iowa Weight Loss Specialists has been recertified as an Optum Center of Excellence.  Facilities who belong to the Optum bariatric Centers of Excellence (COEs) program perform more successful bariatric procedures than many other facilities nearby. The Optum COEs also have fewer complications and readmissions and are able to boast:

  • 15% lower mortality compared to non-COE providers
  • 16% lower inpatient hospital readmission
  • 12% lower reoperation rate for bariatric procedures
  • $4,239 lower average cost per surgical episode


This certification is reviewed annually by Optum Health to ensure that patients receive the best quality of bariatric care available.



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