March News – Weight Loss with Ideal Protein

Frustrated with weight loss attempts?

We have seen over the years a real need for a formal approach to weight loss, and are planning to launch an in office weight loss program. For patients who have been unsuccessful in the past or need significant weight loss because of the presence of associated medical conditions (abnormal sugar metabolism and diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, arthritis in large joints etc) a meal replacement program along with education and close supervision is often effective. We have been in discussion with Ideal Protein, a scientifically structured high protein diet plan, to help our patients see significant and fairly quick results. After looking into many of the programs on the market, we chose Ideal Protein for its consistent results, and easy to follow four phase plan. Read more below. We will be looking for a somewhat limited number of patients to take into our first weight loss group, set to begin in May. Please contact Kazumi (kazumi.schoen@providence.org) for more information and if you would like to consider joining us for our weight loss groups.

Athena (our new electronic patient record) and the patient portal have been well-received and very successful so far since our transition in December 2014. Thank you all for your patience with the small hiccups we have experienced. As we learn more about the system we will share tips with you! Check below to learn how to change your notification settings on the portal (emails and phone call alerts).Stay well,
Dr. Biemer

Ideal Protein
Ideal Protein Weight loss system – 4 phase program
The first phase of the plan is the weight loss phase. Participants follow a careful diet focused on increased protein and very limited carbohydrates. Once the goal weight is achieved participants enter phase two. This is a two week phase where participants transition back into self-prepared meals with an emphasis on following the ideal protein protocol. In phase three healthy carbohydrates and fats are gradually reintroduced over the course of two weeks. Finally, in phase four, you return to an independent diet with a new set of guiding principles.
Throughout the process you will receive weekly progress checks that include weigh-ins and one-on-one support from trained coaches.

Athena Portal Tip                                          

We are live on Athena! Please log on and set up your patient communication portal account. This will be your new direct link to Dr. Biemer as well as to your health history and information.* We have received some feedback on the notifications sent out by Athena.

Instructions for Notification settings
– Visit “My Profile” tab on the left
– Click the sub menu “My Notifications”
– Check or uncheck the boxes to set your preferred notification settings*Some of your health history from pre-Athena visits will not be available in this portal. However all visits and labs from this point forward will be logged here!


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New Year, New Portal

Our new electronic record Athena is now installed in the office. It includes a billing system and patient communication portal. This is a major change for our office and will take months to fully configure, and may take a full year to get all of your patient information loaded onto the new system. In the mean time we have our old records (Centricity) available side by side for reference.

Please enroll in the portal when you get a chance (see step by step instructions in Newsletter link below). Some of you have commented on the number of automatic reminders you have gotten from the system for appointments, test results, and sometimes billing statements. YOU can control these reminders to a great extent via your new portal account.

Please feel free to send us feedback about information you see on your new chart, and we will gladly update and correct any information that isn’t right. Please be aware that for most of you, we are entering and checking all the problem and med lists on the new system when you come in for a visit, especially for your annual exam.

Stay well,
Dr. Biemer

 

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Happy Holidays! Great Change in Progress

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Happy Holidays!
Some of you may know that Kazumi has been out of the office for 5 weeks or so on medical leave. She has now returned healthy and grateful to all of you who passed on your best wishes. Thank you!!!

Big changes are coming here in the office. On December 17th we will go live with ATHENA, a cloud based electronic record keeping, billing, and portal solution that we think will streamline your care and improve our services. We welcome you to log on and set up your portal on or after that date. This will be your new direct link to Dr. Biemer as well as to your health history and information. This transition will no down have it’s bumps and we appreciate your patience.

Also, flu season is here! You may have read that one of the strains of the flu out there this year is not well covered by the current flu shot. While this may be true, the CDC still strongly recommends you get a flu shot. In addition, if you become quite ill with what appears to be the flu later in the season (high fever, sore throat, cough, and achy all over – not your typical cold) let us know. Anti-viral therapies such as Tamiflu can be helpful in shortening the time to recovery. We still have some flu shots available, as do most pharmacies in the area.

We wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

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