Steven Charlap, MD (NYU), surgeon, and MBA (Harvard) founded HealthDrive, a national healthcare practice that served over 5 million seniors, MDPrevent, a primary care, preventive medicine and wellness practice and The Longevity Club, a club to connect like-minded people interested in healthy lifestyles. Dr. Charlap champions the right healthy food over dietary supplements and medications. He most enjoys identifying well-done, reliable clinical studies that offer useful information.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Press Release For Thursday July 5, 2012
MDPrevent & Consumer Reports Agree On The Need For Preventive Medicine
MDPrevent Offers The “Prevention Attention” Advocated For By July 2012 Issue
MDPrevent, a primary care medical
practice focused on preventive medicine and wellness offers the full range of preventive
medicine and wellness services desired by patients.
Delray Beach, FL July 3, 2012
According to Consumer Reports on Health (CR), “Immunizations, cancer
screenings, lifestyle counseling, and other wellness measures can save lives.
But your doctor may be falling short when it comes to making sure you’re up to
date on the services you need.” CR cites a January 2012 study published in the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine to support is conclusions.
CR is spot on. In 2011, Medicare
implemented new coverage for Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) as part of a growing
menu of preventive services. As with many other preventive services, the AWV
requires no co-payment or deductible.
Yet, in 2011, only 6% of patients received this service from doctors who
performed it and many did not receive the proper service. Why? As CR writes, “wellness
gets squeezed” because “it doesn’t pay for doctors” to do it, for many doctors “its
awkward territory,” and “most doctors don’t have the time.” Wellness, according
to CR, when even done, is typically not the “focal point”; rather, “wellness
gets squeezed into visits when people have a problem.”
Working within Medicare’s guidelines
for AWV, MDPrevent, a primary care, preventive medicine, and wellness center was
launched to fully address the wellness needs of Americans. MDPrevent’s innovative
medical practice combines in one location the expertise needed to provide the
full spectrum of wellness services. With a team consisting of a physician, nurse
practitioner, nutritionist/registered dietitian, health psychologist, fitness
and yoga instructor, and health educator, MDPrevent can uniquely help patients enjoy
life to the fullest, free of disease.
The MDPrevent model is sure to
become the future of integrative medicine enabling patients to draw on the full
expertise and guidance they need from their primary care office to avoid,
delay, or mitigate chronic diseases and improve their current quality of life.
As one part of MDPrevent’s
offerings, it custom developed the LEAN program, a medically supervised 12 week
personalized lifestyle modification program that includes initial medical
assessment, coupled with private consultations with a nutritionist/dietitian,
psychologist, fitness and yoga instructor, and health educator, and rounded out
with a final medical assessment. Patients then continue with private
consultations as needed or join support group and educational group sessions.
The program aims for slow, but steady and sustainable lifestyle modification
and weight loss by focusing on healthy living and well-being. In addition,
MDPrevent is also a Certified Diabetes Education Center catering to the
nutritional and educational needs of diabetics.
MDPrevent was founded by Dr. Steven
Charlap, a pioneering physician with an MD from New York University, an MBA
from Harvard, and general surgery training. In 1989, he founded HealthDrive,
which grew it to be the largest U.S. medical and dental practice serving the
extended care industry. Over twenty years, HealthDrive cared for over 5 million
seniors and Dr. Charlap witnessed first-hand what happens to people who don’t
take adequate care of their health, are institutionalized and become dependent
on the kindness of strangers. According to Dr. Charlap, “It is sad to see
people end their lives in a nursing home. You realize that in such a setting relatively
little can be done to improve health at that point. Even more frustrating was
that one couldn’t even try because Medicare and Medicaid basically shunned
In 2010, after Dr. Charlap learned that
Medicare was initiating coverage for wellness services that can positively
impact people’s lives while saving Medicare money, he founded MDPrevent to create
an innovative preventive medicine, primary care, and education center focused
on providing community based services to help people change their lifestyles to
avoid and mitigate chronic diseases. Dr. Charlap states, “The scientific
evidence shows that the longer you live, the healthier you’ve been.” After
extensive research and consultations with the experts in the field of primary prevention,
an interdisciplinary dream team of Preventioneers was assembled.
Testimonials from patients include
comments like, “I finally have my head on straight” or “it’s changed my life.”
(See www.mymdprevent.com, Testimonials). According to Dr. Charlap, “I see the
smiles on people’s faces when they complete a session for the day. They feel
empowered and for the first time in a long time, in control of their health and
their weight. I know we are really on to something that can change the future
MDPrevent is a new concept in
primary care that seamlessly integrates primary care, preventive medicine, and wellness.
The healthcare practice helps American’s prevent problems before they happen,
reduce healthcare costs, stay healthy, and enjoy a life well lived through free
Annual Wellness Visits (paid 100% by Medicare and most major insurances) The
Annual Wellness Visit includes a comprehensive health risk assessment,
biometric measurements, review and analysis of prescription, supplement and
vitamin use, nutrition review, and development of a five- to 10-year prevention
MDPrevent’s Preventioneers, or Prevention
Pioneers, include MDs, nurse practitioners, health psychologists, registered
dietitians and nutritionists, fitness and yoga instructors, and health
educators, offer private consultations and experiential group sessions,
medically supervised weight loss (with no pills, injections or surgery - paid
100% by most insurances if you qualify) and other classes on health, diet and
nutrition, fitness and exercise, stress management, mindfulness, relationship
and social network building, and other key elements of a healthy life. The
goal: to improve life and smooth out the effects of aging by identifying,
preventing, delaying or mitigating the development of chronic diseases such as
heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia and some forms of cancer. Learn more
at http://www.MyMDPrevent.com. Read Dr.
Charlap’s blog at mdprevent.blogspot.com