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Medicare coverage for weight loss

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If you have Medicare, and you are either overweight or obese, you might be eligible for physician or other qaulified healthcare provider supervised medical weight loss

Thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Medicare and other insurances do offer coverage for obesity screening for all adults and even treatment for all eligible adults.

What does Medicare offer for weight loss? Medicare covers intensive counseling to help you lose weight. This counseling may be covered if you get it in an eligible place such as eligible doctors office (most W8MD medical weight loss centers do participate in Medicare and can help), where it can be coordinated with your other care and a personalized prevention plan.

Eligibility All people with Medicare who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more or those with a BMI of 27 or more with an obesity related condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and others.

Is there any cost to the patient?

You pay nothing for this service if the primary care doctor or other qualified primary care practitioner accepts assignment.

Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (IBT) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes the crucial role that health care providers play in educating Medicare beneficiaries about potentially life-saving preventive services and screenings, and in providing these services. While Medicare pays for a variety of preventive benefits, many Medicare beneficiaries do not fully realize that using preventive services and screenings can help them live longer, healthier lives.

What Does Medicare Cover? A screening visit for obesity for all adults irrespective of their weight. If you are over with a body mass index of 27 or more with one or more obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. you will qualify. Or your body mass index is 30 or over, you would automatically qualify for obesity treatment.

Medicare will cover the following: •An initial assessment of your eating and activity habits •Counseling on diet and physical activity of up to 22 visits to qualified health care providers for weight loss and if you manage to lose 6.6 pounds in 6 months, coverage will be extended for another 6 months with biweekly visits. •Education on how to improve your diet and changes that will help you lose weight and improve your health •Follow-up visits to monitor your diet and weight loss progress.

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If you are looking for an experienced and trained weight loss doctor that participates in Medicare and help you lose weight, you may want to consider W8MD medical weight loss centers of America’s unique insurance physician weight loss programs in New York City, Greater Philadelphia and other places. If you are a physician interested in helping your Medicare or private health insurance patients lose weight, you may want to consider adding a W8MD medical weight loss program at your office. Please visit http://www.w8md.com or call 1800 w8md 007 for more information.

About W8MD medical weight loss centers of America’s program

If you are overweight and have excess abdominal fat, a weight-related medical problem, or a family history of such problems, you need to lose weight. Healthy diets and exercise can help people maintain a healthy weight, and may also help them lose weight. It is important to recognize that overweight is a chronic condition which can only be controlled with long-term changes. To reduce caloric intake, eat less fat and control portion sizes. If you are not physically active, spend less time in sedentary activities such as watching television, and be more active throughout the day. As people lose weight, the body becomes more efficient at using energy and the rate of weight loss may decrease. Increased physical activity will help you to continue losing weight and to avoid gaining it back.

Did you know that 1 in 3 people have insulin resistance or are considered “prediabetic” which could be the main reason that people are overweight? Losing just5-10% of your weight will help you reduce risks of heart attacks, diabetes and even some cancers.

Under the direction of Dr. Prab Tumpati, W8MD Weight Loss Centers was founded in order to help you overcome obesity and seep disorders to make a difference. Dr. Tumpati has passed a written board examination in the field of Bariatric Medicine and is also Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine. The doctor’s of W8MD partner with each patient to develop a custom weight management program to best meet their individual needs taking into account their medical history, lifestyle and goals. Since weight and sleep go together, most of the W8MD centers are able to address sleep issues such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless leg syndrome to name a few.

And the best part of the program is that most insurance’s cover the doctor visits and most W8MD centers accept health insurance for the weight loss physician visits.

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Check out our website at www.w8md.com to learn more about us. If you have a little or a lot of weight to lose and want to do it without surgery, set up fees and mandatory meal replacements or appetite suppressants, think W8MD for weight loss.

And, if you are a physician, with an interest in helping your obese or overweight patients, and would like to add a W8MD program at your office, please feel free to contact us.

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W8MD’s insurance covered physician weight loss is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.

W8MD Weight loss centers that accept insurance for visits

Philadelphia Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa

1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334 

King Of Prussia Weight Loss

: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334 

New York City Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa

2632 E 21st St Brooklyn New York 11235

Ph: 1-718-946-5500. 

W8MD’s New Jersey Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetics

140 E Evesham Rd Cherry Hill New Jersey 08003

Ph:800-W8MD-007

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Is high glycemic food causing your weight gain?

 

(Week 15) Day 99/366 - Heritage - American her... (Week 15) Day 99/366 – Heritage – American heritage has always been carbohydrate addiction (Photo credit: Newbirth35)Do you know what may be contributing to your belly weight? Do you know if you may be insulin resistant? The current diet which is high in carbohydrates or glycemic index leads to a new phenomenon called insulin resitance or metabolic syndrome which in turn leads to belly fat accumulation, weight gain due to the anabolic actions of insulin, and increased health risk, according to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a practicing obesity, sleep and internal medicine physician and founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America.What is glycemic index and glycemic load?

Some studies suggest that sticking to foods with a low glycemic index may help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Some claim it helps with weight loss.

The glycemic index and load concern carbohydrates, or carbs—one of the main types of nutrients in our diets. Carbs with a simple chemical structure are called sugars.

Sugars are found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables and milk products. They’re also added to many foods and drinks. Complex carbs, like starches and fiber, are found in whole-grain breads and cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes.

 

Your digestive system changes the carbs you eat into glucose, a type of sugar that your body uses for energy. Simple carbs are more quickly digested and absorbed than complex ones, so simple carbs can raise your blood glucose levels faster and higher.

People with diabetes need to manage their blood glucose levels. High blood glucose can damage tissues and organs. In time, it can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and other problems. If you have diabetes, controlling your blood glucose will prevent or delay these health complications. So it’s important to understand how foods and drinks affect your blood sugar.

“The evidence seems to support the concept that the more complex carbohydrates will lead to better blood sugar control than the more simple sugars,” says Dr. Myrlene Staten, an NIH diabetes expert.

What happens if I am Insulin Resistant?

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Studies have shown that up to 70% of the United States population currently has some degree of Insulin Resistance. If you are insulin resistant, your basal insulin levels will be high. Since Insulin is the principal anabolic(body building) hormone in the body, people with insulin resistance tend to gain weight, especially in the belly and upper part of the body, one area not good for the body to have a lot of fat! As per research from Mayo Clinic and other places, belly fat produces harmful chemicals that raise body’s inflammation which in turn raises the risk of many health problems including cardiovascular disease. In fact, most human disease starts with inflammation including that of Cancers. No wonder, obese people have higher risk of overall disease risk including that of cancer. Watch this excellent Youtube video to understand insulin resistance.

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Researchers developed the glycemic index to measure the quality of carbs in foods. It shows how the carbs in different foods raise blood sugar. White rice, for example, has a higher glycemic index than brown rice, which has more complex carbs.

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But it’s not just the types of carbs that matter. The more carbs you eat, the more your blood sugar rises. “The glycemic index really doesn’t take into consideration how much you eat,” explains Dr. Somdat Mahabir, who studies cancer risk at NIH.

That’s why researchers came up with the concept of glycemic load. It captures both the types of carbs in a food and the amount of carbs in a serving. Essentially, it shows how a portion of food affects your blood sugar. Many things affect the glycemic load, including food processing, how ripe a fruit is, how a food is prepared and how long it’s been stored.

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Glycemic index and glycemic load aren’t things you’ll see on a label, so they’re not easy to use. But labels do show helpful information: calories, total carbohydrates, sugars and fiber.

“It makes sense for everybody, not only diabetics, to eat the more complex carbohydrates because they will be more gradually absorbed, and blood sugar highs and lows will be smaller,” Staten says. Whole foods with complex carbs will give you more minerals and vitamins, too, and are usually good sources of fiber.

Weight loss centers that accept insurance

Tired of being overweight?

W8MD weight loss can help

W8MD Weight loss centers that accept insurance for visits

Philadelphia Weight Loss

1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334 

King Of Prussia Weight Loss

: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334 

NYC Weight Loss

2632 E 21st St Brooklyn New York 11235

Ph: 1-718-946-5500. 

W8MD weight loss program New Jersey.

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetics

140 E Evesham Rd Cherry Hill New Jersey 08003

Ph:800-W8MD-007

Facts and Myths About Weight Loss

    Weight Loss Myth: Fad diets will help me lose weight and keep it off.

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Fact:Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off. These diets often promise quick weight loss if you strictly reduce what you eat or avoid some types of foods. Some of these diets may help you lose weight at first. But these diets are hard to follow. Most people quickly get tired of them and regain any lost weight.

Fad diets may be unhealthy. They may not provide all of the nutrients your body needs. Also, losing more than 3 pounds a week after the first few weeks may increase your chances of developing gallstones (solid matter in the gallbladder that can cause pain). Being on a diet of fewer than 800 calories a day for a long time may lead to serious heart problems.

Healthy habits may help you lose weight.

Make healthy food choices. Half of your plate should be fruits and veggies.

Eat small portions. Use a smaller plate, weigh portions on a scale, or check the Nutrition Facts label for details about serving sizes

Build exercise into your daily life. Garden, go for family walks, play a pickup game of sports, start a dance club with your friends, swim, take the stairs, or walk to the grocery store or work.

Combined, these habits may be a safe, healthy way to lose weight and keep it off.

Weight loss centers that accept insurance

Tired of being overweight?

W8MD weight loss can help

W8MD Weight loss centers that accept insurance for visits

Philadelphia Weight Loss

1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334 

King Of Prussia Weight Loss

: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334 

NYC Weight Loss

2632 E 21st St Brooklyn New York 11235

Ph: 1-718-946-5500. 

W8MD weight loss program New Jersey.

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetics

140 E Evesham Rd Cherry Hill New Jersey 08003

Ph:800-W8MD-007

How to lose weight for free with insurance!

Did you know that the new Affordable Care Act Passed in September, 2010 mandates all insurances, including Medicare, to provide full insurance coverage for obesity screening and treatment for all adults? W8MD is one of the first obesity medicine program to work with all major insurances for this essential service and is available at W’eight’MD’s Pennsylvania, and New York City Locations.

OUR W8MD WELLNESS PROGRAM OFFERS
· inexpensive, individualized weight loss plan with all of the right ingredients.
· a loss of between 2-4 pounds a week with nutritious, easy to prepare, pre-portioned food and or anorectic medications.
· a consultation with Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, FASBP, a bariatric, sleep and internal medicine physician with experience in treating obesity, its associated conditions and a wide variety of sleep disorders.
· Anorectic and other medications as indicated.
· instruction on nutritional programs teaching you:
o about metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and whether you are at risk.
o the proper amount of low glycemic foods you should be eating on a daily basis to fit your needs.
o the correct food combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

Weight loss centers that accept insurance

Tired of being overweight?

W8MD weight loss can help

W8MD Weight loss centers that accept insurance for visits

Philadelphia Weight Loss

1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334 

King Of Prussia Weight Loss

: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334 

NYC Weight Loss

2632 E 21st St Brooklyn New York 11235

Ph: 1-718-946-5500. 

W8MD weight loss program New Jersey.

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetics

140 E Evesham Rd Cherry Hill New Jersey 08003

Ph:800-W8MD-007