ReShape and OpenLoop sign agreement to provide physician-led virtual weight loss coaching
Updated: Jun 8, 2022
ReShape Lifesciences and OpenLoop, an expert in full-stack virtual care delivery services, have announced the signing of an agreement to provide a nationwide, physician-led, telehealth solution for reshapecare virtual weight loss coaching.
reshapecare is a HIPAA-compliant, effective, convenient virtual health coaching programme delivered through ReShape Lifesciences’ innovative app, which enhances behaviour change through patient engagement. reshapecare is doctor prescribed and may be covered by insurance for up 26 visits per reimbursement year. In partnership with physicians, the service utilises video-based counselling with board certified health coaches in order to help patients both set and achieve their health and wellness goals including implementing behavioural changes to improve patients’ sleep, nutrition, exercise and stress levels. Reshapecare is appropriate for all weight loss patients including medical weight loss patients, and pre- and post-surgical bariatric patients.
“As the obesity epidemic continues to grow, affecting the expansion of the virtual weight loss market, we are emboldened by this agreement with OpenLoop, in that it will allow us to vastly extend the reach of reshapecare, our proprietary, digital therapeutic weight loss and wellness program,” said Bart Bandy, President and Chief Executive Officer of ReShape Lifesciences. “Importantly, reshapecare is reimbursed by major insurance plans, making it an effective and convenient virtual health coaching program to help patients achieve their health goals. The programme is differentiated from the current virtual weight loss market through live, video-based counselling with doctors and board certified health coaches, to ensure the most comprehensive and customised care possible. We expect to fully launch reshapecare, with easier patient access empowered by OpenLoop, over the coming months. We are confident that, together with the Lap-Band® program, we can provide a much needed continuum of physician prescribed, insurance reimbursed weight loss solutions.”
OpenLoop’s telehealth technology provides access to 7,000 in-network licensed clinicians, available 24x7 in all 50 states, including specialists in weight-loss and metabolic health solutions. Additionally, OpenLoop’s in-network clinicians now serve patients covered by over 600 payers including Medicare, Medicaid and every major private insurer.
“OpenLoop is excited to partner with ReShape Lifesciences, an innovative company dedicated to tackling the challenges faced by patients with obesity in the US,” added Jon Lensing, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of OpenLoop. “As a premier, physician-led company, they are rethinking the way we view obesity. In order to move away from an aging, one-size-fits-all system, we are teaming up to help power patient coaching teams to offer patients more individualized plans. Together, we believe in putting the patient at the centre of their care and building comprehensive health coaching and physician teams to support them on their weight loss journey.”