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Hello! I was just wondering if the following wording from my insurance policy would suggest that the 6 months of documented weight loss attempts can be my own record keeping? I have over 12 months of my weight loss/gain tracking. I'm sure it's been asked 42354877925 times, but hoping someone will know. I have attended a required seminar and have my first appointment on Thursday. I have been scouring the internet for months and am so ready to get this ball rolling!

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Oops... would help if I post the wording. Ha

"The patient must have documented failure to respond to >6 months of conservative measures for weight reduction prior to consideration of bariatric surgery, and these attempts must be reviewed by the practitioner prior to seeking approval for the surgical procedure. Some centers require active participation in a formal weight reduction program that includes frequent documentation of weight, dietary regimen, and exercise."

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I've seen this question before and I think they are looking fo something like weight watchers or a diet plan from your doctor that is monitored monthly.

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Unfortunately your own record does not count. They are looking for weight loss attempts and programs that were doctor/nutritionist supervised and documented. 6 months will go by faster than you think, even though at the time it seems like FOREVER until you get to take advantage of this great tool. You should use this time to get yourself accustomed to eating healthy, not drinking with meals, educating yourself as much as you can, etc...

You'll get there!!!!

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Make sure to get your primary on board early, often they can state that you were participating in documented weight loss effort by simply adding it to you file from you telling them what you've done.

Safe Journey 🎈

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Thank you for your replies! The good news is that my primary is at the same group practice. I have documented weights for several years but nothing recorded as far as what type of diets, etc. I’m crossing fingers that it could possibly happen before May. If not then, I’ll have to wait until winter because of my job. I wish I’d have started the process sooner, but I’m happy to get on the right path anyway!

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