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Bariatric Practice

ALL PHYSICIANS who meet the definition of the Bariatric practice regulation Must Register their practice:

Rule 1.2 Definitions.

M.   “Bariatric Medicine, Medical Weight Loss, or Weight Management Practice” means a public or privately owned practice


  1. 1. for which 30% or more of the patients are provided a comprehensive weight management treatment program or;
  3. 2. 30% or more of the patients receive any controlled substance approved by the FDA for the pharmacologic management of weight loss or;
  5. 3. any licensee who advertises weight loss by any means.  Excluded from this definition is any practice in which a licensee advertises the use of nonpharmacological products as part of the licensee’s overall practice of medicine. In order to be excluded from this definition, the licensee’s practice must have nonpharmacological weight loss and/or weight loss management as a component of the overall management of the patient’s total health care. If the use of nonpharmacological products for weight loss and/or weight management exceeds 30% of the total outpatient clinic visits for any single 90-day consecutive period, the practice will be considered a bariatric medicine/medical weight loss practice and will be subject to all the rules and regulations pertaining to bariatric medicine/medical weight loss practice.

Bariatric surgeons whose primary practice is surgical weight loss and not long-term management of weight loss through medical, pharmaceutical, and/or behavioral management are also excluded from this definition.

The application forms are fillable on your computer. This means that you can fill out the information required by the form by typing in the information while the form is displayed on your computer monitor. The fillable forms use the features provided with Acrobat products. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Investigative Division / BARIATRIC Practice, Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure at: 1867 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite 200-B, Jackson, MS 39216. Please do not call for updates as this could delay the process. You may fax to (601) 987-6822, or call (601) 987-0231, please leave a message.