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 […]

How do I know if tirzepatide will work for me: 7 factors

seven factors to increase weight loss with tirzepatide

An analysis of four studies conducted by Eli Lilly, the maker of Mounjaro and Zepbound, found seven factors that were significantly linked with ≥15% weight loss when taking their blockbuster medications. According to this Medscape overview, Investigators conducted a post hoc analysis of data collected from a total of 3188 people with type 2 diabetes […]

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 […]

How to set up a weight management program in 5 steps!

How to start a weight management program

Interested in offering the newest weight management medications to your existing and future patients? Medications like semaglutide (active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy) or tirzepatide (active ingredient in Mounjaro and Zepbound). This class of GLP-1 receptor agonists are currently the talk of the town, and for good reason. With weight loss of between 15-20%, without […]

Ozempic is safe. How fake news wants you to believe otherwise.

The medications you’ve been hearing so much about are just shy of miraculous. And that’s not hyperbole. These medications have all of the positives of effective weight loss meds (they help you lose weight!) without the worse possible side effects (heart valve dysfunction with Fen-Phen in the ’90’s or the side effects associated with amphetamines) […]

Much ado about nothing? Recent FDA alerts and NovoNordisk lawsuits

Instagram post of Wegovy and Mounjaro

Due to the blockbuster weight loss drugs Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro going on the FDA Shortage List, compounding pharmacies are legally allowed to make duplicates of these name brand drugs without risk of patent infringement. And even though NovoNordisk, the maker of Ozempic and Wegovy, admits they can’t keep up with demand, they’re trying everything […]

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