Posts from 2018

treatment plan
Mar 20 2018

Why you should set treatment goals when you face a serious illness

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness can be overwhelming. Most people aren’t sure what to do next and simply follow their doctor’s treatment recommendations. But if your condition isn’t an emergency, like a heart attack or stroke, you may want to take some time to get a second opinion on your diagnosis and treatment... Read More

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high cost prescription drugs
Mar 13 2018

High Cost Prescription Drugs: The Right Choice for You?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

New, very expensive prescription drugs that treat a range of conditions from hepatitis C, leukemia, and cystic fibrosis to multiple sclerosis and rare inherited conditions like Wilson’s disease and hereditary angioedema have been one of the drivers of increasing health care costs in the U.S. These prescription drugs can cost from $54,000 to more than... Read More

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Mar 6 2018

A second opinion can help you save your HSA dollars

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you have a high deductible health plan, a health savings account (HSA) allows you to put aside pre-tax or tax-deductible dollars to pay for deductibles, co-payments, and qualified medical expenses that aren’t covered by your health plan, such as prescription glasses and dental care. The goal is to reduce your out-of-pocket medical costs. But... Read More

assisted living
Feb 27 2018

Signs it may be time for your parents to consider assisted living

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Independence is important to all of us as we get older. Many people resist even talking about getting in-home support or moving to an assisted living or long-term care community until they face a serious illness or injury or death of a spouse or partner. But putting off this discussion means that arrangements must be... Read More

Feb 20 2018

How to get the care you need in the face of a mental healthcare provider shortage

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve tried to get an appointment with a mental healthcare provider and failed, you’re not alone. While the demand for the services of mental healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and counselors has grown significantly, the number of providers has decreased, making it increasingly difficult to get an appointment. There are several reasons for... Read More

back pain
Feb 13 2018

Is your back pain being overtreated?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the approximately 80% of Americans living with chronic back pain, you may be at risk of being over treated or undergoing more aggressive treatment too soon. Both in the U.S. and abroad, the guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of back pain start with more conservative approaches, including: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications... Read More

medical bills
Feb 6 2018

How to Save Money by Catching Errors on Your Medical Bills

Blog  •  By Miles Varn

Healthcare is expensive. In fact, Americans spent $3.5 trillion on health expenditures in 2016, the most recent year statistics are available for. As more people enroll in high deductible insurance plans, individuals’ out of pocket costs for healthcare are growing significantly. But there’s another factor that may be increasing your healthcare costs—errors on medical bills.... Read More

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Jan 30 2018

These steps can help you avoid being readmitted to the hospital

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve recently been released from the hospital, there’s a risk you may not be aware of—being readmitted to the hospital within the month after your release. That risk is greater for older people and people who were hospitalized due to heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia. There are many different reasons why people are... Read More

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Jan 23 2018

What to do if your doctor says your pregnancy is high risk

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If your obstetrician has told you that your pregnancy is high risk, you probably have a lot of concerns and questions. Your first step should be to put together a list of questions and make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns. Questions you may want to ask include: What factors make my... Read More

Jan 16 2018

Strategies to help you cut the wait for an appointment

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve tried to get an appointment with a new doctor recently, this won’t be news to you. The most recent survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins, a national healthcare search and consulting firm, found that the average amount of time new patients have to wait to get an appointment with a family medicine, cardiology, dermatology,... Read More