Three Ways Weight Loss Can Be Easier with Direct Primary Care
March 23, 2021
by Molly Lupo, DNP, APRN, ANP-C, AOCN – Hi! I’m Molly Lupo, Adult Nurse Practitioner and I focus on lifestyle medicine, health and nutrition coaching, and patient-centered care. We know that every day, your body needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fiber to feed your cells and function. That makes nutrition important every minute of every day. And in March, National Nutrition Month, it’s important to highlight how Direct Primary Care helps your nutritional health and supports healthy weight loss goals. In this article, I’ll explain the three ways Direct Primary Care (DPC) makes weight loss easier.
First – What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care is a healthcare membership, giving you unlimited access to your primary care provider and huge savings – and with one low monthly price that you pay directly to your provider vs. an insurance company. Having insurance is your choice, though it is recommended. The insurance that DPC pairs best with is a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). HDHP is best for non-primary care needs with large expenses (surgeries, etc.). DPC providers and clinics view high-deductible insurance plans as something you hopefully won’t have to ever use, and your DPC membership as something you use often.
Why Direct Primary Care Can Make Weight Loss Easier for You
Reason Number 1: Annual Physical and Labs and Weight Loss Management
With Direct Primary Care, it’s typical that your membership covers a wide variety of primary care services. Membership fees across DPC clinics will differ – and a great price is around $99 a month. Typically included in those services are annual physicals and labs. And since Direct Primary Care doesn’t involve insurance, there are no copays, so your membership fee really should cover it.
You could say that ultimately, Direct Primary Care helps you take control of your care. And an excellent place to start is to visit me or another Direct Primary Care provider for your yearly preventative annual physical and labs. Annual labs are a great way to gauge your overall health. And as your DPC provider, I would inform you how to improve your imbalances with nutrition and other lifestyle choices. My passion lies at the intersection of medicine and nutrition. I wholeheartedly believe in partnering with my patients to provide close follow-up, coaching, and support. I will help you establish your wellness vision, goals, and follow-up with you to make sure you’re staying on-track.
Reason Number 2: Unlimited Access to Primary Healthcare
With Direct Primary Care, primary care services are unlimited. That means you can visit your provider as much as you want, and they won’t charge you beyond your monthly fee. I use Spruce App – a free, secure and HIPAA compliant app my patients download right on their phone. The Spruce App allows my patients to
- Contact me directly though text (including photos) and calls.
- Hear back from me within an hour or two on average – that’s after-hours, too!
- Schedule appointments with me, even virtual ones.
That means that if you want, we can talk every week about your nutrition and weight loss. You can even send me pictures of your meals and your grocery list. I can make suggestions for you and we can continue to progress. You’d be surprised how much you get out of care when it’s easy to access!
Reason Number 3: Patient-Provider Relationship
It’s hard to treat someone you don’t really know. At least, that’s what me and many other Direct Primary Care providers know from experience. DPC allows providers to spend more time with the patient, because they’re not consumed with paperwork for insurance. This helps your provider get to know you – your life and unique circumstances – as a person.
If you’re a new parent, your provider will dig deeper into what you’re struggling with and what you may need. That could mean more energy to care for a child. In that case, you need more carbs, proteins, and fats in your diet – like apples, bananas and fatty fish – that helps you run after your toddler. In other cases, you might worry about how your weight affects you long-term. I believe food and lifestyle choices can fuel your energy, prevent chronic diseases, help you feel better, and possibly even reverse certain disease states. And as your provider, I’ll be personally invested in your health and what it means for those who love you. With my knowledge of you, I’ll create a tailored program and partner with you to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
But how do you access Direct Primary Care? If you’re interested here are your next steps.
There are many great ways to access Direct Primary Care. For instance, there are networks of innovative affiliate clinics all across the United States.
Personally, I’m an affiliate provider of Strada Healthcare. Five years ago, Strada Healthcare’s Chief Medical Director Joel Bessmer, M.D. actually played a leading role in getting Direct Primary Care legalized in Nebraska. Now, Strada Healthcare is one of the most innovative networks of Direct Primary Care in the Midwest. And we’re one of the most affordable, too, at $99/month. For this monthly fee, you get unlimited care to services like women’s health, mental health, treatment of sprains and lacerations, weight management – what I covered in this article – and more. If you’d like to learn more about Strada Healthcare, click here to enroll or request more information. Lucy, our wonderful Account Manager, will reach out to you and go through more details in a free, confidential, no-obligations phone call or email conversation.
Beyond what I’ve listed above, there are many more benefits of Direct Primary Care for weight loss management. Plus, I am a Creighton-trained, board certified Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor in Nursing Practice. And, I have a nutrition certification, lifestyle medicine training, and health and wellness coaching training. Suffice it to say I have a few other tricks up my sleeve that you’ll have access to as my patient. If you’re interested in learning more, click on my profile and request more information!