Category: Health Risk Management
Strategies to help you cut the wait for an appointment
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
How Do You Know it’s Time to Look for a New Doctor?
There are many different reasons people decide it’s time to switch to a new doctor, whether it’s your primary care doctor, a specialist, or your child’s pediatrician. And while you might feel hesitant to end your relationship, especially if you’ve been seeing the doctor for a long time, sometimes switching to a new doctor is... Read More
How to Choose the Right Geriatrician Doctor as You Get Older
Throughout your adult life, you probably received most of your healthcare from a primary care doctor. As you reach your mid- to late-60s however, it may be time to consider choosing a new doctor who focuses on treating older adults or a geriatrician. While one in four adults is living with multiple chronic health problems... Read More
How to be an effective advocate for a loved one in the hospital
Being in the hospital can be stressful and confusing. It can be difficult to get the information you need from your doctors and healthcare team, ensure all members of the team are communicating to lower the risk of medical errors and inappropriate testing and care, and make medical decisions when you’re ill or injured and... Read More
Mental health: Could a physical problem be causing your psycholoigcal symptoms?
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of mental health issues like anxiety or depression, you may want to discuss with your doctor whether these symptoms could be the result of a physical health problem. A number of different physical health problems share symptoms with mental health conditions, which can sometimes lead to misdiagnosis. Some researchers have... Read More
Key Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Deciding to Have Surgery
If your doctor has recommended that you undergo elective (non-emergency) surgery, for example surgical treatment for chronic back pain or joint replacement, there are a number of factors to consider before deciding whether to move forward with the surgery. First, consider getting a second opinion to learn what other treatment options may be available. Your... Read More
What are the physical and mental health risks of untreated depression?
There are approximately 16 million adults in the U.S. who are living with major depression, but some statistics suggest that nearly 66% of people living with depression do not actively seek or receive appropriate treatment for their condition. There are a range of reasons people don’t seek treatment, including fear of the social stigma that... Read More
Are you getting all you can out of your health insurance benefits?
A growing number of health insurance plans now provide an array of benefits well beyond the traditional payments for medical care, but many people aren’t aware of these benefits or don’t take advantage of them. To get the most out of your health insurance plan, it’s wise to find out about all the services and... Read More
Are you at an increased risk for skin cancer?
While anyone can be at risk for developing skin cancer, even people with naturally darker skin tones, some factors may put you at an increased risk for this disease. By learning what those factors are and what proactive steps you can take to protect yourself, you can lower your risk. What factors may increase the... Read More
Steps to Lower Your Risk of Complications After Surgery
If you’re scheduled to have surgery, there are proactive steps you can take that can help lower your risk of experiencing complications after surgery such as post-operative infections and blood clots. Complications due to the surgical procedure, rather than a worsening of the underlying condition that caused the need for the surgery, are the main... Read More