The main room at MDPrevent features yoga, light free weights, a meeting area where everyone from physicians and nurse practitioners to psychologists and nutritionists meet with groups of patients. There’s also a full kitchen where a dietitian and chef help patients with their meals. (submitted photo / December 6, 2011)
David DiPino firstname.lastname@example.org
December 7, 2011
Steven Charlap explains himself as a pioneering physician, who after accumulating wealth caring for millions, couldn’t stand retirement and the notion of not helping others, especially seniors.
Dr. Charlap, M.D., M.B.A, has opened MDPrevent, the first preventive medicine and learning center staffed with nutritionists, dieticians, nurse practitioners, yoga instructors, health psychologists, exercise physiologists, and holistic health care educators, to help the local community avoid expensive supplement pills and popular drugs.
“We’re not handing out supplements, in fact you shouldn’t even be taking most supplements. We provide this service to educate people and change lifestyles,” Dr. Charlap said.
Each exam room has a different theme–ax the old examination table idea, at MDPrevent the center of each unique room is a massage exam table, with quotes from Albert Einstein, Henry David Thoreau and pictures of The Beatles lining the walls.
“We have yoga, our own kitchen where we do food demos, we participate in the Silver Sneakers program and are a Diabetes Education Center. It’s a holistic approach to health and prevention,” Dr. Charlap said.
“Medicare implemented in 2011 full coverage for several preventive services including Annual Wellness Visits to identify health risk factors and intensive behavioral therapy for obesity and cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, all as parts of the Affordable Care Act. For the first time in its history, Medicare now pays doctors to spend time with patients focused on preventing diseases as opposed to treating them.”
As of August 2011, only five percent of eligible Medicare seniors nationwide took advantage of the new Annual Wellness benefit.
MDPrevent is located at 5130 Linton Blvd., Ste H-1 in Delray Beach.
“Instead of achieving much-needed increased access to preventive healthcare, the Act remains a mystery to seniors. They haven’t taken full advantage of it… Most primary care physicians for whom wellness visits are contrary to traditional medical practice of diagnosing problems with drugs,” Dr. Charlap said.
But, MDPrevent offers the wellness visit to seniors and patients of all ages. For those not with Medicare, they receive the self-paid Baseline Health Assessment Program that includes a two-hour consultation at MDPrevent. That includes visits from a dozen holistic health care professionals on everything from diet to yoga, short blood test for cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose for heart disease or diabetes, calculation of body mass index to stress management and everything else in between.
“The leading diseases are hypertension, heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, diabetes and cancer. They account for 50 percent of all U.S. deaths and 50 percent of Medicare’s annual expenditures. The power of prevention is indisputable,” Dr. Charlap said.
“Working with wise patients and the Affordable Care Act, MDPrevent can help us all prevent, delay or mitigate serious illness and live healthier, more meaningful lives.”
For more information on MDPrevent call 561-807-2561 or visit http://www.mdprevent.net.
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