Patient Taps MDVIP Healthy Living Plan to Shed Weight, Lower Cholesterol, Improve Life

When John Bach walked into Dr. Michael Monaco’s office, the doctor was very impressed with the man he saw. Mr. Bach, who’d always struggled with his weight, had lost more than 40 pounds. His body mass index – or BMI – improved, taking him from a 42-inch to a 34-inch waist. His cholesterol and A1C, or blood sugar, were lower. Aches and pains he’d long complained of in his knees and back seemed to have disappeared. His wife even said his snoring was almost gone. “The result was phenomenal,” exclaimed Dr. Monaco.

“I was over-excited to share the good news with Dr. Monaco. It was because of him and the practice that I lost the weight!”  Mr. Bach explained that he had tapped into the new MDVIP Connect online program which provided him with a 28-day meal plan with recipes that he and his wife simply followed and the weight fell off easily.

What moved Mr. Bach to change his life? For one thing, a childhood friend near to his age passed away. For another, Dr. Monaco gently warned Mr. Bach that his “girth” was putting him at “moderate to high risk” for heart disease or diabetes. “That was such a wake-up call,” Mr. Bach says.

“That can be powerful to hear,” says Dr. Monaco, an internist who’s also the team physician for the Kansas City Chiefs. “I’m my patients’ coach, too. Every patient knows exactly where I stand on their health when they leave my office. It’s very possible he heard my voice in the back of his mind.”

How’d he do it?  Mr. Bach, 71 and a retiree in Overland Park, Kansas, downloaded the nutritional tool on MDVIP Connect and customized the plan to fit his needs, targets and tastes—and he stuck to it. He snacked on fruits, and vegetables, ate no meal portions larger than his fist, drank 12 glasses of water daily and walked five times a week. Within five months, he dropped the weight – and changed his life.

Dr. Monaco has seen other patients lose weight and improve their lives in his MDVIP practice. One nurse lost 40 pounds; another woman lost 100 pounds. Many participate in Dr. Monaco’s “Heart & Soles” group that walks every Tuesday. For his part, Mr. Bach exercises with his wife and now gets on the floor to play with their grandkids. Today, Mr. Bach is the model patient Dr. Monaco refers to when he wants to encourage patients that good health can be a do-it-yourself effort that’s just a mouse-click away.

Mr. Bach says he sleeps better, is more active and he’s started meditating. He’s also sharing his healthy eating program with his friends. And he gave away all his old, 42-inch pants.

“I am so impressed with what he has accomplished!” wrote Dr. Monaco on his Facebook page where he shared his patient’s story. “Sometimes in life we need a game plan. My patients make their health a priority and we work together to help them achieve their wellness goals,” he says. “Here’s a man who did just that, and the results are fantastic.”

6 Comments
Evon M. Tooks
May 24th, 2014
I am a high blood,diabetes patient,looking for diet suggestions.Do u have this?
1 Reply
MDVIP
May 27th, 2014
Dear Evon M. Tooks,

Thank you for contacting MDVIP about diet suggestions for your health conditions. First, please contact your personal physician about changes to your diet as these may impact your blood sugar and medications. If your doctor says it's ok, simply log into MDVIP Connect to view our library of condition-specific recipes and tips to help you with your nutritional goals. Then click on Nutrition – it's in the section near the top with a picture of a white plate and silverware. When you click on the Diet & Health tab, you'll see 8 health categories, including Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. Click on the orange button entitled View Articles to read information about each condition and the brown View Recipes button for details how to prepare those dishes. Once again, thank you for contacting MDVIP about your specific nutritional concerns.

In good health,
MDVIP

James L. Bolton
Mar 22nd, 2014
My doctor just mailed a letter that he is joining your program. I would like to know about the program and what the cost for membership covers. Your sales pitch leaves out a lot of questions. I want to stay with my physician, and would appreciate your input asap, so I can make a decision.

Thank you,

Jim Bolton
1 Reply
MDVIP
Mar 24th, 2014
Dear James Bolton,

We appreciate your interest in our program. A member of our team will be privately contacting you to address all of the questions and concerns you might have.

In good health,
MDVIP

Chris Kendell
Mar 22nd, 2014
We just got form letters from our long time PCP (15 years) stating that he is converting his practice to your system and reducing his patient load based on first come, first served (those of us who will sign up with your service immediately).

The canned letter (which I can only assume came from your service - since it is not in his typical congenial voice) directed us to your customer service number (not helpful - closed late evenings out west and weekends) or to your website for more info - also not very helpful. Your site is long on testimonials and sales jargon and extremely short on any details. Nowhere, in the letter or on the website, can I find any details of the costs of this concierge wellness service other than that the minimum cost of membership is $1,500 - with no specifics of what exactly is included in that minimum membership level.

Your site claims your service is compatible with Medicare, but again has no details or examples how that would work for those of us on Medicare and a fixed budget. As it is, it would seem that the chronically ill (my wife and I are both permanently disabled) are just SOL.

If this is the picture of the future of healthcare in America - I am gravely concerned about it and particularly those of us with chronic illness who though we may want to be as well as possible, lack the resources to afford services like yours which are gobbling up the best doctors (like ours).
1 Reply
MDVIP
Mar 24th, 2014
Dear Chris Kendell,

Thank you for contacting us with your concerns about your primary care doctor becoming an MDVIP-affiliated physician. One of our team members will be contacting you directly to answer all of your questions about our program.

In good health,
MDVIP
Steve Pritchett
Feb 16th, 2014
My wife and I would like to have more information about the MDVIP program that was aired on our local news station. We live west of Oklahoma City. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks
1 Reply
MDVIP
Feb 19th, 2014
Hello Steve!
Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to give you more information about our program. Please feel free to call us at 1-866-948-6357. One of our representatives will gladly answer any questions you have and guide you to find an MDVIP-affiliated physician near you. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

In good health,
MDVIP
Barbara Grace
Dec 30th, 2013
Do you take medicare patients
1 Reply
MDVIP
Dec 30th, 2013
Hello Barbara,
Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate your interest in MDVIP. Yes, many of our affiliated physicians do accept medicare.

Here is a link that offers more information about our program - http://www.mdvip.com/what-is-mdvip/our-model.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to call 1-866-948-6357 to personally speak with one of our representatives who will be happy to help you.

In good health,
MDVIP
Steven E. Ogle
Oct 19th, 2013
Can you mail me more information about this program?
1 Reply
MDVIP
Nov 1st, 2013
Hello Steven!

We would be happy to mail you information about our program. One of our team members will email privately to get your mailing address and answer any questions you may have.

In good health,
MDVIP

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