Consent for Treatment

ConsentForTreatment

We want you to know medical weight loss is an important medical decision in your health care. We are informing you through lectures, printed materials and our website that we strive to work with you carefully and safely to help you achieve a medically significant weight loss. To help achieve this loss and help you in maintaining the weight loss long term, you must understand we may prescribe various different nutritional plans, exercise programs, and when appropriate use medicines short term and long term. You will be informed on how the medicines work, possible side effects, and know possible consequences of the medicines, dietary, and exercise activities planned. Sometimes the medicines and length of medicine usage may be used in an "off label" manner. This means the doctor may be using the medicines safely in a manner other than initially approved by the FDA. The use of meds will always be within the scope of accepted medical Bariatric (weight loss) medicine.

Your Role
  • Provide honest and complete answers to questions about your health, weight problem, eating activity, medication or drug usage, and lifestyle patterns to help us help you.
  • Devote the time and effort necessary to complete and comply with the course of treatment.
  • Allow us to share information with your personal physician if necessary
  • Make and keep follow-up appointments so that we can help you the best and allow necessary blood tests as needed.
  • Advise the clinic staff and physician of any concerns, problems, complaints, symptoms, or questions you develop.
  • Inform your personal physician of your weight loss efforts and have or establish a primary physician before beginning this program.
  • Payment is due at time of service. There will be a $25 fee for any returned checks. If payment is not made, you agree to pay any fees incurred while collecting payment.
Possible Side Effects

Reduced weight.  By reducing your caloric intake, you may see a variety of temporary and reversible side effects including, but not limited to, increased urination, momentary dizziness, reduced metabolic rate, cold sensitivity, slower heart rate, dry skin, fatigue, constipation, or diarrhea, bad breath, muscle cramps, changes in menstrual pattern, dry or brittle hair, or hair loss. Medication side effects may include any of the above plus dry mouth, mild headaches, and very rarely a racing or pounding heart rate or an elevation in blood pressure. This will be closely monitored as safety is our number one priority.

Reduced potassium levels or other electrolyte abnormalities. We monitor electrolyte levels and correct them if they become too low. If they were not corrected, these can result in muscle cramps, heart rhythm irregularities and other symptoms as above. Always inform us if you are on or begin a water pill. We will be following your levels with occasional blood testing.

Gallstones. Overweight people are at risk for having or developing gallstones. One study reports that 1 in 10 persons entering a weight loss program may have silent or undiagnosed gallstones. Active weight loss can produce new stones or cause established stones to develop symptoms. The pain is usually in the right upper abdomen and may spread to the back. Gallbladder problems may require medications or even surgery to remove the gallbladder. Notify your primary doctor or us if you develop symptoms of gallstones including abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Pancreatitis. Inflammation of the bile ducts or pancreas gland may be associated with gallstones, and may be precipitated by eating a large meal after a period of strict dieting. It may require hospitalization, and rarely can be associated with life threatening complications. Notify us or your primary physician if you develop symptoms such as pain in the left upper abdominal quadrant, fever, or vomiting.

Pregnancy. Notify us if you become pregnant. Some overweight patients have irregular ovulation and weight loss may increase ovulatory regularity and the chance of becoming pregnant. If pregnant, you must change your diet to avoid further weight loss. A restricted diet can damage a developing fetus. Also, any weight loss medications must be discontinued if pregnancy occurs since we do not want you to continue to loss weight during that time. You should take precautions to avoid becoming pregnant during weight loss.

Sudden death. Patients with obesity, especially those with associated high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease have a higher risk of sudden death and development of a serious potentially fatal disease known as primary pulmonary hypertension. Rare instances of sudden death have occurred while obese patients are undergoing weight loss even in a medically supervised program. No cause and effect relationship with the diet program and sudden death has been established.

Risk of weight regain. Obesity is a chronic condition. The majority of patients who lose weight have a tendency to regain unless in some type of maintenance program and long-term efforts at controlling the weight are continued. We will provide you with a maintain plan and plan to help prevent weight regain.

Your Rights and Confidentiality

You have the right to leave treatment at any time without any penalty, although you do have a responsibility to make sure we know you are discontinuing treatment. Your personal physician must be able to assume your medical care.

From time to time, patient treatment information is used in the collection of statistics to compare results, and improve the treatment of obesity. This information may be shared with other practitioners, researchers, and the scientific and medical community. Strict confidentiality of individual personal information and records will be maintained.

HIPAA Notice

(HIPAA)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION

Uses and Disclosures of Information that We May Make Without Written Authorization: For treatment, payment, healthcare operations, as required by law, abuse or neglect, or communicable diseases, public health activities, health oversight activities, judicial and administrative proceedings, law enforcement, organ donation, research, workers compensation, appointments and services, marketing, business associates, military, inmates or person in police custody.

Uses and Disclosures of Information That We May Make Unless You Object: We may use and disclose protected health information in the following instances without your written authorization unless you object. If you object, please notify the Privacy Contact identified at the end of this document.

Persons Involved in Your Health Care: Unless you object, we may disclose protected health information to a member of your family, relative, close friend, or other person identified by you who is involved in your health care or the payment for your health care. We will limit the disclosure to the protected health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your health care or payment. We may leave messages for you to call us or leave basic lab test results on your home phone unless you direct otherwise.

Notification: Unless you object, we may use or disclose protected health information to notify a family member or other person responsible for your care of your location and condition.

Your Rights Concerning Your Protected Health Information: You have the following rights concerning your protected health information. To exercise any of these rights, you must submit a written request to our Privacy Officer.

  • To request additional restrictions.
  • To receive communications by alternative means.
  • To inspect and copy records.
  • To request amendment to your record.
  • To request accounting of certain disclosures.
  • To receive a copy of our complete confidentiality notice.
  • To receive a copy of the bill to submit to your insurance. We will code your visit as medically correct as possible. Please note in rare instances a new diagnosis or prescription that you submit to your insurance may affect your insurability and or your insurance rates.

Privacy Officer Contact: If you have any questions about this Notice, request a copy of the complete notice or if you want to object to or complain about any use of disclosure of exercise any right as explained above, please contact our Program Administrator at  Address: 7190 Smoke Ranch Rd. Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV  89128.

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