Provider-to-consumer (PTC) vs Direct-to-consumer (DTC) healthcare model

The direct-to-consumer (DTC) model of healthcare may be the future of healthcare delivery in regards to consumer access and potentially reducing bureaucracy. And while the benefits are real, so are the serious drawbacks, specifically continuity of care. But there is a model that includes all of the upside but none of the downsides associated with […]

If providers weren’t convinced before, the Change Healthcare cyberattack should convince them to start a cash-based weight management program [video]

Change Healthcare

If you as a provider weren’t already “over” health insurance reimbursement, maybe the Change Healthcare cyber attack will push you over the edge and force you to make a “change” in your practice.   The Problem with Insurance-based medical practices Since Change Healthcare is an intermediary between your EMR’s billing system or the patient’s insurance […]

Are we all obesity medicine doctors now?

Providers considering offering weight loss medications to their existing or new patients may be reluctant if they’re not obesity medicine specialists. However, those providers may be more comfortable moving in that direction if they heard a recent routable discussion on Medscape. In this webinar, an obesity medicine specialist, a family practitioner, an endocrinologist and one […]

Who Can Administer Semaglutide Treatments?

With semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy) increasing in popularity when used for weight loss treatment, questions often arise concerning how to obtain semaglutide, and where patients can go to partake in the treatment. While some states have strict guidelines and even bans on semaglutide, most states follow typical procedures and regulations when it comes to this type […]

Compounding Pharmacies and Semaglutide

With the rise of semaglutide, originally patented and packaged as Ozempic® for type 2 diabetes, a new wave of weight loss treatments has begun. Semaglutide helps to slow the emptying of the stomach, as well as suppress hunger, the combination of which allows the user to avoid overeating and therefore lose weight consistently. Practitioners implement […]

Setting Up a Weight Management Program for a Medical Spa Practice

Weight management programs are increasingly popular programs offered by medical spas that can help patients to achieve their health goals through a structured, medically backed solution. While these programs are obviously extremely beneficial for patients that partake in them, they also offer major benefits to the medical spas that bring them into their practices. According […]

5 Reasons Why Your Practice Needs a Weight Management Program

Weight management programs are popular solutions offered by medical professionals that can help patients achieve their weight loss goals and promote a healthy overall lifestyle. These programs are invaluable to the individuals that achieve long-lasting results they could not have otherwise achieved on their own. Programs help establish accountability, lend knowledge, and establish discipline to […]

Ozempic, Wegovy (semaglutide) vs Mounjaro, Zepbound (tirzepatide)

Wegovy vs Zepbound

Background Wegovy and Zepbound are both approved for weight loss but started as medications for type 2 diabetes. Wegovy was originally approved under the name Ozempic in 2017, followed by Wegovy in 2021 for weight loss. Ozempic and Wegovy both contain the active ingredient semaglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist that helps with weight loss via […]

What labs do I need to order for patients joining my weight management program?

labs

None of the lab work that is recommended for patients before starting a weight management program (WMP) will preclude them from taking the medication. We’ll discuss why below. But it’s still helpful to have baseline bloodwork to determine if the patient has any underlying issues that they don’t know about, but should. If lab work […]

What are the options for sending weight loss meds to patients

bottle of compounded semaglutide

You’ve started a weight management program (WMP) in your practice, you’ve established a relationship with a compounding pharmacy that offers injectable semaglutide and tirzepatide and they’re licensed in your state. You even have patients that have completed their lab work and signed up for the medications. But how do get the meds to them? Here […]

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