GIVE YOUR PATIENTS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY, EVIDENCE-BASED BARIATRIC CARE
If you are a licensed physician or nurse practitioner working in Canada and you want to provide your patients who have excess weight with timely access to high-quality, evidence-based bariatric care in your community, then we would be happy talk to you about becoming a LEAF™ participating clinician. Participating clinicians must:
- complete our online course outlining the LEAF™ method;
- see enrolled patients weekly over the course of the program; and
- prescribe Optifast® 900 to enrolled patients, if medically appropriate.
The behavioural component, led by us, consists of 24 modules that patients complete at a rate of one module per week. The modules help patients learn to develop a healthy relationship with food and learn to make healthy lifestyle choices. The learning is reinforced with bi-weekly webchats led by one of our registered dietitians or other allied health professionals.
The clinical component, concurrently led by you, consists of weekly medical appointments to medically manage the patient, order and review labwork, and ensure the patient progresses safely through the program.
Once you become a participating provider, you can enroll patients into the program quickly and easily by completing and faxing a simple enrollment form to LEAF™. We will give you the material you need to promote the program as well as the consent forms patients must sign before enrolling.
When we receive a completed enrollment form, we will give your patient access to our learning system.
Once the patient enrolls in the program, you will prescribe Optifast® 900 to them if medically appropriate. You can sell Optifast® 900 directly to the patient or, if you prefer, you can receive a PIN code from Nestlé that will allow your patient to order it directly from Nestlé through the Optifast® online store.
The program fee is $2,000 (taxes included). This does not include the cost of the Optifast® 900 meal replacement. Patients pay the program fee online through our learning system. Though the cost of the program is not covered by provincial health insurance, it is covered by some private health insurance plans.
Your weekly medical appointments with your patients usually are covered by provincial health insurance but please check to make sure this is the case in your jurisdiction.
Once we receive the signed Participating Provider Agreement, we will enroll you in our participating provider course, which you can complete online at your convenience. This course is your orientation to the LEAF™ method and gives you the information you need to provide safe, effective, and efficient medical supervision for the program.
After you complete our online orientation course, we will send you a package that contains everything you need to get started: promotional material, patient consent forms, Optifast® online store details, and other useful information. This will make it quick and easy for you to promote the program in your clinic, help patients make an informed decision about whether or not they should enroll, enroll interested patients, and sell patients Optifast® or have them order it directly from Nestlé’s online store.
Let’s Work Together for the Health of Your Patient!