IHP Weight Loss
Weight loss centers seem to be everywhere, but patients— particularly high risk patients— should be extremely careful when choosing a weight loss clinic. Unfortunately, many centers are merely “pill-popping clinics” staffed by employees with virtually no clinical expertise in weight management. A huge part of their revenue comes from requiring their clientele to purchase numerous mandatory bottles of pills and supplements, ignoring and not addressing the root issues. Obesity is a serious life-threatening condition and there are many who take advantage of the quiet desperation that chronic dieters often feel.
At IHP, well-trained doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and nurses provide valuable education and support for those who are entering a complete program. It is well worth a patient's time to make sure he or she is getting desired results in a healthy manner to for lifelong weight management.
We at IHP also have experience dealing with complex medical problems that can result from obesity (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more.)
We will e-mail your new patient paperwork before your visit. This paperwork includes a new patient profile and lifestyle, nutritional, and health history. Please complete it at home when you are not in a hurry, as we base many of our decisions in planning your program on the answers you give. You can email it back to us, or print it, fill it out, and bring it to your appointment. If you are unable to complete the paperwork prior to your appointment, please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment to complete it at our office.
During the visit
At each patient’s first visit, we perform an EKG, draw your lab, check your blood pressure, obtain your weight, and perform a body composition analysis called a TANITA.
The lab work includes: CMP, CBC, Lipids, Thyroid and Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy. After the testing, the Nurse Practitioner will complete a medical history and examination. She will then work with you to customize a weight loss and management program based upon your lifestyle, food preferences, and goals.
Your custom program
Your personalized program may include prescription appetite suppressants, fat blockers, or other appropriate prescription medications. Prescription appetite suppressants can be used to reduce hunger and appetite, reduce thoughts of food (aversion), and make you feel fuller on smaller portions (satiety). They can increase your ability to adhere to your plan. We do not prescribe amphetamines. We use only FDA approved prescription medications and prescribe according to FDA guidelines and guidelines set forth by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.
IHP also offers diet injections, which many of our patients find beneficial. The injections assist the body in fat metabolism and lead to faster weight loss. If you decide to have the injections, you'll need one each week to maintain a therapeutic level in your system. The price is $35 for our Regular Diet injection and $45 for our Extreme Diet injection. You do not need an appointment for an injection and may walk in any time during our business hours.
Cost and time investment
Your initial office visit will be approximately 1-1.5 hours and the total cost is $200. Your first follow-up visit will be in two weeks and monthly thereafter. These visits are usually 15 minutes in length. Follow-up visits are $50. Complete payment is due at the time the services are rendered. We do not submit any paperwork to your insurance company. We will provide you with a medically coded receipt for our services, which you may choose to submit to your insurance company. Some insurance programs will pay for all of or part of these services, some won't. You can your HSA or FSA insurance card to pay for your office visits, food and any other service or product we provide.
PLEASE NOTE: We request that you do NOT bring children to your initial consultation as there is quite a bit of information covered that requires your undivided attention. Your success in this program depends on your ability to understand and implement the concepts presented. We also draw lab work, which can be traumatic for small children to witness. We do not have the staff available to baby-sit your children during your visit.
We work with you to develop a personalized weight loss plan based on your health status and weight loss goals.
To help ensure your long-term success, we provide personal support and lifestyle education throughout the program including; one-on-one counseling sessions with our Nurse Practitioner.
We understand the challenges overweight individuals face as they become active. That’s why we partner with you to make the transition to healthy, active living.
Ideal Protein Diet
The Ideal Protein (IP) Diet provides the fastest, easiest weight loss! This program consists of three IP meal replacements (and 2 cups of vegetables) and one food meal (consisting of a meal and vegetable) per day. Weight loss averages 3-8+ pounds weekly. The products are delicious and require little or no preparation. We have many patients who have lost 50-100 pounds safely in a short period of time.
How to get started on Ideal Protein
During your new patient visit with our Nurse Practitioner you will decide which program will work best for you. If you are interested in Ideal Protein you will receive instruction and new patient starter bag, which includes your first week of Ideal Protein, one month’s supply of the required supplements, and all other supplies needed to get started. To make sure you are comfortable with the Ideal Protein we ask that you stop in for a weekly weight and blood pressure check and purchase additional food during your first month.
Cost for Ideal Protein
· IHP New Patient - $200 (includes lab, EKG, initial office visit with doctor/Nurse Practitioner)
· First week of IP - approximately $146 (includes new patient starter bag with one week of IP food products, supplements, and all other starter supplies)
· IP weekly food cost - approximately $80
· Office visits - $50 at week two, monthly there after
Look Better, Feel Better with Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy
Hormone deficiencies are one of the leading causes of accelerating the aging process. This causes chronic diseases and makes you feel older than you are
Data supports that hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is the most effective and the most bio-identical method to deliver hormones in both men and women. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones providing optimal therapy.
Bio-identical hormones are plant-based hormones that are biologically identical to human hormones
For women, benefits may include:
· Improved mood, sleep, bone density, mental clarity
· Decease in hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, depression, anxiety, libido issues, weight gain
For men, the benefits may include:
· Increase in muscle strength and lean muscle, increase in sexual desire
· Decrease in fatigue, loss of libido, lack of mental acuity
Cost and Fee schedule
Consultation – (45 minutes) no labs $99
Consultation (with labs) $299
Follow-up pellet consultation (at 4 weeks & 14 weeks) w/labs $150
Pellet Insertion – Female (includes 3 pellets) $295
Per Pellet Fee – Female (over 3 pellets) $40
Pellet Insertion-Male (up to 800 mg T) $600
Per Pellet Fee-100 mg-Male (if over 800 mg needed) $40
Per Pellet Fee-200 mg-Male (if over 800 mg needed) $60
Specialty lab work (individually priced) TBD
· All fees are expected at the time of service.
· We do not have billing or pre-certification staff. All contact with insurance companies is your responsibility.
· Most insurance companies will reimburse men for pellet implantations, but not women.
· This service is not covered by Medicare so you may not send in your bill for reimbursement.
Patients know that prevention is much more cost effective than disease. In conclusion, estrogen and testosterone therapy by implantation of pellets is a safe and effective method of hormone therapy for both men and women. Long, continuous administration of hormones by pellets is convenient and economical for the patient. Pellet implantation has consistently proven to be more effective than oral, intramuscular, and topical hormone therapy with regard to bone density, sexual function, mood and cognitive function, urinary and vaginal complaints, breast health, lipid profiles, hormone ratios and metabolites.
How Do I Get Started?
Call or email our office and request the Bio-identical New Patient Medical History Questionnaire. Fill out these forms and fax or email it back to us. We will determine if you are a candidate for bio-identical hormone pellets or if we need more information.
After reviewing your medical history, we will contact you for a consultation appointment.
Lab work: You can also have your lab work completed during your consultation visit or we will give you the appropriate paperwork to have your blood drawn at the lab of your choice. Lab is generally a covered insurance benefit. However, if you have not met your annual insurance deductible, it will be MUCH cheaper to have it done at our office. We will give you the paperwork to file with your insurance company. It is recommended to contact your insurance company PRIOR to having the lab done at an outside facility, as it will more than likely be several hundred dollars if you have to pay for it yourself. We will give you the coded paperwork but WILL NOT have any dealings with ANY insurance company or insurance issues.
Lab results: About two weeks after your lab draw, you will be contacted by our office staff to schedule the pellet insertion appointment. We will review your hormone levels and medical condition and discuss treatment options and recommendation at that time. Your pellets will be inserted at that visit if appropriate.
Follow-up Assessment: Four weeks later, you will return to our office or to the lab, for your follow-up lab work. This is important as we need to measure and assess your response to the pellets during this peak time.
Follow-up Lab: At around 14 weeks after the initial insertion, you will again have your labs drawn to assess your hormone levels in order to determine when your next pellet insertion will need to be performed.
Four to six months after initial pellet placement: We will meet with you again to assess your treatment and adjust your bio-identical hormone dosage, if necessary. Your next pellet insertion will occur at that time.