pricing transparency
Feb 19 2019

Can hospital pricing transparency help you make smarter healthcare decisions?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There’s a new rule that requires hospitals to list the price for all the services they provide and medications they prescribe for patients in the hospital. In theory, this should give you more information that can help you figure out what your care will cost and where it makes the most economic sense to receive... Read More

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rare disease
Feb 12 2019

Strategies to help you get the right diagnosis for a rare disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards finding the right treatment. But for people living with a rare or complex disease, getting that diagnosis can be a long, frustrating process that delays treatment. Depending on which disease you face, getting a definitive diagnosis can take from 7 to 10 years. And though approximately... Read More

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skin cancer
Feb 5 2019

New treatments offer options for difficult to treat skin cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While many types of skin cancer can be treated successfully, especially when diagnosed early, some can be more difficult to treat. But newly approved treatments and treatments in development for several different types of skin cancer, including advanced squamous cell carcinoma, drug-resistant basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma that affects the eye mean patients have more... Read More

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new doctor
Jan 29 2019

Over 65 and need a new doctor? What to look for

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are many reasons you may be looking for a new primary care physician as you get older. Perhaps your doctor is retiring or no longer accepts your insurance. Maybe you’ve moved to a new town or state. Or you could be living with several medical issues and want to work with a doctor who... Read More

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food allergies
Jan 22 2019

Tips for safer travel with food allergies

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or someone in your family is living with food allergies, you probably have a system in place to prevent accidental exposure to the foods that cause those allergies and a plan to handle any allergic reactions that may occur. But what happens if you’re traveling? What steps can you take to lower the... Read More

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caregiver
Jan 15 2019

Strategies to help caregivers manage stress

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re a caregiver for a spouse or partner, child living with a serious illness or chronic condition, or aging parent or family member, you have a lot on your plate. And while taking care of family members who need you can be rewarding, it can also be very stressful. Unfortunately, one thing caregivers often... Read More

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lung cancer
Jan 8 2019

What’s new in lung cancer treatment?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are several newer treatment options that people who have been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common form of the disease, may want to discuss with their doctor. For people who have early stage lung cancer, surgery is the standard treatment recommendation. But those who are older or in poorer overall... Read More

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Happy holidays from PinnacleCare
Dec 25 2018

Happy Holidays from PinnacleCare

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All of us at PinnacleCare wish you and your loved ones the healthiest and happiest of holiday seasons. We hope you get the chance to relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and recharge for the new year. We are here to help whenever you need us, every day of the year. Whether you’re working... Read More

chemo brain
Dec 18 2018

Help managing “chemo brain”

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and chemotherapy has been part of your treatment plan, during or after treatment you may notice that you’re more forgetful, have trouble concentrating, or just feel “foggy” mentally. Many cancer survivors call this chemo brain, while physicians often use the term cognitive dysfunction associated with chemotherapy, and up to... Read More

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medication errors
Dec 11 2018

The 7 steps you should take to prevent medication errors

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Medication errors are more common than you may think and they can have serious health consequences. One study found that preventable medication errors affect more than 7 million patients per year and account for more than 3.5 million doctor’s visits and 1 million emergency department visits. The types of errors range from the wrong dosage... Read More

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