Dec 22 2020

Wishing You happy and healthy holidays from PinnacleCare

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All of us at PinnacleCare wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season. We hope you are able to safely enjoy time with family and friends, even if that means virtually for now. May you have the time to recharge and look forward to a better year ahead. We are here... Read More

virtual visits
Dec 15 2020

The pros and cons of virtual visits

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have tried a virtual visit through an online app or a service provided by your health insurer. Many primary care physicians and specialists around the country didn’t even offer virtual visits as an option, but 2020 changed that. Because people were concerned about potential exposure to the virus at... Read More

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back pain
Dec 8 2020

Ask these five questions before agreeing to surgery for back pain

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Back pain is a more common problem than you may realize. It’s one of the most common reasons people see their doctor and also one of the most common causes people miss work. About 60% to 80% of adults experience low back pain during their lives, and for 10% of them the pain continues for... Read More

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surgeon's experience
Dec 1 2020

Your surgeon’s experience can mean the difference between a good outcome and a poor one

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your doctor has recommended surgery, there are two important steps you should take before agreeing to undergo any procedure. First, seek a second opinion from a physician who has extensive experience treating people with your diagnosis. A second opinion can change or confirm your diagnosis and treatment plan and may provide you with other,... Read More

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Thanksgiving
Nov 24 2020

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving

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All of us at PinnacleCare wish you and those you love a safe, healthy, happy holiday. We are here every day of the year to provide support and guidance whenever you need it.   Warmest wishes from our family to yours, Miles J. Varn, M.D. and the PinnacleCare Team Read More

medication review
Nov 17 2020

Should you ask your doctor for a medication review?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

According to statistics gathered by the CDC, nearly half of adults in the U.S. take one prescription medication, while nearly a quarter take three or more prescription medications. The numbers are even higher for people who are 65 and older. Eighty-nine percent of people included in a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll take one... Read More

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medical record
Nov 10 2020

Three ways to protect yourself from medical record mistakes

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

In a perfect world, your electronic medical record would bring together your medical information from all the healthcare providers you see into a single, comprehensive record that could be easily accessed by any provider anywhere in the world with your permission. This information could reduce your risk of medical errors, duplicate testing, and inappropriate treatment.... Read More

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virtual second opinion
Nov 3 2020

How to prepare for a virtual second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn, MD

A second opinion is an important tool that can help lower your risk of misdiagnosis, medical errors, and inappropriate treatment and ensure you’re aware of all appropriate treatment options. Second opinions are especially important if your doctor has recommended surgery or you’ve been diagnosed with a complex or rare health problem. Getting a second opinion... Read More

second opinions
Oct 27 2020

Second opinions: Five situations when you should get one

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Second opinions can help lower your risk of experiencing a medical error or misdiagnosis, allow you to learn about all treatment options and their benefits and risks, connect you with physicians who have experience and success treating people with your condition, and provide you with peace of that mind that your diagnosis and treatment plan... Read More

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overcome healthcare challenges
Oct 20 2020

Three challenges to getting the care you need and how to overcome them

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Many people assume that if they have a good health insurance plan, that’s all they need to get access to the care they need. Unfortunately, health insurance is only one part of the care access equation. Even with a great health plan, it can still be difficult to get the care you need when you... Read More

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