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PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT TO THE CLINIC

TO QUALIFY FOR APPETITE SUPPRESSANTS

AGE BETWEEN 18 -65 (SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)
NOT BREASTFEEDING
POSTPARTUM (DELIVERED A BABY) 6 WEEKS OR MORE (BRING A RELEASING STATEMENT FROM YOUR OB/GYN)
YOU CAN NOT BE TAKING OTHER STIMULANT DRUGS (ADDERALL, ENERGY DRINKS, EXCESSIVE COFFEE INTAKE, ETC)

COMPLETION OF THE FOLLOWING FORMS: Complete health history form, HIPPA, CONSENT FORMS, Disqualifying Forms, nutrition questionnaire, Symptom checklists


Brief physical exam: includes initial weight, body mass index, body fat percentage, and waist circumference.
You will receive EKG ($25), WE WILL NOT SUBMIT TO INSURANCE
LAB DRAW (SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW)


NEW TESTS: 
BMR (BASAL METABOLIC RATE) TEST.  CHECKS METABOLIC RATE AND CALCULATES THE AMOUNT OF CALORIES NEEDED TO LOSE WEIGHT.  ALL PATIENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE THIS TEST PERFORMED.  CAN SUBMIT TO INSURANCE OR $40 IF SELF PAY.  
RM3A –TO BE ANNOUNCED 


FOLLOWUP VISITS
YOU SHOULD FOLLOW-UP WITH OUR CLINIC AT LEAST EVERY 4 -8 WEEKS.  YOU WILL RECEIVE A REFILL OF YOUR MEDICINE IF YOU MEET OUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS.  SEE SEPARATE SHEET FOR DETAILS OF WEIGHT LOSS GOALS. YOUR WEIGHT AND VITALS WILL BE RE-ASSESSED.

MORE INFO ABOUT QUALIFICATION FOR THIS PROGRAM
You must be between the age of 18-64 to be treated with appetite suppressants.  If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 30, you qualify. If your BMI is between 25-29 and you have a family history of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, or obesity, you may qualify. If you have hypertension, your blood pressure must be under good control with medication. IF you have Diabetes, your HGAIC MUST BE LESS THAN 10. If you are seeking Phentermine (Adipex) or HCG for any purpose other than weight loss, you do not qualify for this program. You will be asked to leave if such information is obtained.  If you have an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia etc), you do not qualify for our program. 

SPECIAL EVENTS PROGRAM

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR PATIENTS THAT ARE NOT OVERWEIGHT PER BMI BUT WHO MAY HAVE A HIGH BODY FAT PERCENTAGE OR HAVE GAINED WEIGHT CONSIDERABLY FROM THEIR NORMAL WEIGHT. THIS ALSO PERTAINS TO INDIVIDUALS PREPARING FOR A WEDDING, A SPECIAL VACATION, CLASS REUNION, OR OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS.  YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM FOR A LIMITED TIME. 

     
  LAB POLICY

WE HAVE LABCORP IN HOUSE TO SERVICE YOUR LAB NEEDS. HOWEVER, IF YOUR INSURANCE PREFER A DIFFERENT LAB COMPANY, PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE SO WE CAN SEND ORDERS TO THAT COMPANY.  

MINIMUM REQUIRED LABS: (CBC, CMP, LIPID PANEL, TSH, HGAIC, VITAMIN D): Labcorp can submit to your insurance company.  If you receive a bill, you need to communicate with Labcorp.  Dr. Sheila Thomas does not work for Labcorp nor does she make any decision for their company.
$10 PROCESSING FEE ADDED TO YOUR INVOICE IF USING INSURANCE.
SELF PAY LAB DRAW $85 (CBC, CMP, LIPID PANEL, TSH, HGAIC)

HGAIC IN HOUSE IF YOU ARE A DIABETIC $20
LAB AND EKG WILL BE UPDATED ANNUALLY

WE WILL NOT WAIT ON FAXED LAB RESULTS or ACCEPT LAB RESULTS ON YOUR PHONE.

LAB RULES:  You will need to have lab drawn before you see the doctor. If you bring in lab from your PCP, the lab must be LESS THAN ONE YEAR OLD AND NORMAL.  In other words, if you want to receive your medicine the same day of your visit, we will need to draw your lab the same day or lab must be in our office during your visit

LAB RESULTS:  If you have your lab drawn the day of your appointment, your results will not be available the same day.

Please do not call the office to go over lab results over the phone! WE will connect you to the patient portal and once your labs have been signed off by the doctor, you will be able to view them.

Once the doctor receives your results, it will be determined if you need to be notified.   You will receive an abnormal lab letter in the mail or you will be called if you have any urgent abnormal lab levels.  Otherwise, your lab results will be discussed at your next visit.

If you want to go over your lab results and seek treatment with the doctor, you will need to schedule an appointment.  This consultation will be submitted to your insurance company or you can pay a self pay fee. (includes 2 diagnoses with counseling and treatment

YOU WILL INCUR A $25 FEE TO YOUR ACCOUNT FOR NO SHOW NO CALL APPOINTMENTS OR CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPT.