Category: Health Risk Management

emergency room
Nov 7 2023

Tips to help you prepare for a trip to the emergency room

Health Risk Management

The hospital’s emergency room is not a place you plan to end up, but each year in the U.S. people make 139.8 million visits to ERs across the country, seeking care for a wide range of injuries and illnesses. The best way to deal with what can be a very stressful experience is to plan... Read More

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Oct 2 2023

Could You Have Undiagnosed Diabetes?

Health Risk Management  •  By Susan Walker

Many of the symptoms of adult type 2 diabetes can be subtle. Maybe you’re thirstier or more hungry than usual. Perhaps you’ve noticed patches of dark skin in your armpits, elbows, knees, groin, or on your neck. Or you can’t figure out why you’re more tired than usual. All of these symptoms can be caused... Read More

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Jun 20 2023

Sun Life 11th annual High Cost Claims Report: Insights and strategies to help you lower your risk of the top serious conditions

Health Risk Management

Sun Life publishes an annual research report focused on the highest cost health insurance claims. The data in the report is drawn from Sun Life’s stop loss claims, a type of insurance employers who self-fund their health insurance plan purchase to protect against the financial impact of very high cost health insurance claims. This year’s... Read More

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prescription
May 23 2023

Prescription error? What to check when you pick up your medications

Health Risk Management

When you pick up a prescription from the pharmacy, do you look it over or just take it home and put it in your medicine cabinet? It’s important to check your prescriptions every time you pick one up or receive your medication via mail to make sure you’ve received the correct prescription, the right dosage,... Read More

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access
Apr 11 2023

Strategies to help you get access to the care you need

Health Risk Management

Getting access to the healthcare you need in the U.S. is harder than it should be for many people. In many areas of the country, there are long waits for appointments with specialists. A survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins, a national physician recruiting firm, found that it takes around 26 days for a new patient... Read More

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Heart health tips
Feb 7 2023

Heart tips: Are you keeping your heart healthy?

Health Risk Management

Around half of adults in the U.S. are living with one of the three top risk factors for heart disease—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. But there’s a lot you can do to protect the health of your heart, even if you have a family or personal history of cardiovascular disease or currently have... Read More

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hearing aids
Nov 15 2022

Could over-the-counter hearing aids reduce your dementia risk?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Hearing loss affects approximately 37.5 million adults over the age of 18 in U.S. And the severity of hearing loss increases with age, with almost 25% of people 65 to 74 and 50% of people 75 and older experiencing disabling hearing loss. Many people aren’t aware of how significant their hearing problems are, while others... Read More

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breast cancer
Oct 25 2022

Strategies for women at an increased risk for breast cancer

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with inherited gene mutations. These women are considered to be at an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers during their lives. The most... Read More

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medical history
Sep 13 2022

Why sharing your complete medical history matters

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

It’s your first visit to an orthopedist for knee pain. As you complete your pre-appointment paperwork, you focus on the symptoms you’re experiencing and the treatments your primary care physician has recommended before referring you to a specialist. You don’t mention that you had surgery on the ankle on the opposite leg a few years... Read More

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natural disasters
Aug 30 2022

Natural disasters: How to be medically prepared

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Snowstorms in Texas. Floods in the South. Wildfires in the West. Powerful hurricanes like 2021’s Category 4 Ida, which caused numerous deaths and millions in property damage from Louisiana to New England. As the U.S. and the world are confronted with an increasing number of natural disasters being prepared before a disaster strikes becomes even... Read More

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