We know the health risks associated with excess weight and obesity can contribute substantially to morbidity and early mortality. Assessment tools, including body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference thresholds, have been used to diagnose obesity in clinical practice. However, these tools may be underused and patients may not receive the early intervention needed to actually reduce health risks.

What is the MindSet Weight Loss Program?

MindSet’s medically-designed protocol has been available for over 25 years. It is a supervised, reduced carbohydrate, medium-to-low calorie, moderate protein diet that has been used successfully by over 8 million people. The program was designed in France by a MD, PhD for Olympic athletes who wanted to lose body fat without muscle loss.

The MindSet protocol mixes four cups of non-starchy vegetables and 8 ounces of lean protein a day, along with FDA-approved meal replacement products, and supplements such as calcium, magnesium and potassium to ensure proper electrolyte balance. The program has four phases that help stabilize the pancreas and blood sugar levels while burning fat and maintaining muscle and other lean tissue. It has been used by over 2,500 medical establishments in North America over the last eight years with great success. There are versions available for overweight and obese people, diabetics, athletes, vegetarians and gluten intolerant patients.

What are the accountability requirements
under the Affordable Care Act?

Obesity is the number two cause of preventable death in the U.S., behind tobacco and more important than alcohol. The AMA and other professional medical societies have long recommended that physicians monitor their patients’ BMI and counsel them to lose weight when appropriate. But a recent survey found that only 40% of physicians had actually done so. In an attempt to lower health care cost increases, the ACA is increasing physician, insurer, hospital and patient accountability to lower the financial costs of obesity and other preventative conditions.To remain compliant with these regulations and to meet the needs of patients, it’s recommended that physicians:

  • Calculate BMI and measure their waist circumference at least once a year.
  • Educate patients of the risks of excess weight and obesity, including diabetes, heart disease and other conditions.
  • Develop a weight-loss plan that includes exercise and calorie-cutting.
  • Refer overweight and obese patients to weight-loss programs.
  • Consider recommending weight-loss surgery to patients with a BMI of 40 or for those who have a BMI of 35 who also have two other risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Let MindSet assist your busy practice and provide the necessary treatments to meet these guidelines and document the progress your patients are making.

doctor-circleHow does MindSet help improve practice
accountability and documentation?

We provide patient progress reports to primary care and specialist physicians (assuming signed approvals per HIPPA guidelines). Reports include trends in BMI, weight, weight lost in pounds, abdominal inches, as well as any symptoms they have experienced. Report frequency can be tailored to your practice’s needs. We can also provide summary information on all patients who participate in our protocol.

How can my practice benefit from a
partnership with MindSet?

  • Reduced patient risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke through lowered BMI.
  • Reduced practice risk by offering a sustainable weight loss protocol without any financial investment.
  • Measurement, accountability and documentation required by the ACA.
  • Increased revenues from frequent patient exams and tests.