Topic: Health Planning

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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college
Aug 16 2022

How to prepare your college freshman to manage healthcare away from home

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you have a first year college student in your house, you’ve got a busy summer on your hands. There are forms to complete, supplies to buy, bags to pack, and travel plans to make if your child is going away for school. One thing that might not be on your to-do list is helping... Read More

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health strategy
Jul 26 2022

In your 20s? Why you need a health strategy

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

A lot of younger people think preventive care and building a healthy strategy isn’t needed when you’re young and healthy. In fact, the number of people in their 20s who have a primary care doctor has dropped significantly. A Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found that among people between the ages of 18 and 29,... Read More

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Sun Life
Jun 22 2022

These proactive steps can help you manage the risk of common serious conditions

Disease Management

For 10 years, Sun Life has published 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... Read More

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concierge medicine
Apr 7 2022

How to bridge the gaps in concierge medicine

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Concierge medicine can offer a range of benefits, but choosing a concierge or direct medical practice can also mean that there are gaps in the services and types of care you may need. A more comprehensive approach is to combine concierge medicine with the support of a health advisor to ensure you’ll have access to... Read More

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medical history
Mar 24 2022

What to do if you don’t know your family’s medical history

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Knowing your family’s medical history helps you and your doctors build a plan for screening and preventive care based on the health risks you may face. For example, if your father or mother had a heart attack at a younger age, you could be at a higher risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.... Read More

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hospital
Mar 10 2022

Four things to consider when choosing a hospital

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

When they need hospital care, many people simply go to the closest hospital or the one their doctor recommends. But if you need care at a hospital, whether it’s for labor and delivery, back surgery, joint replacement, cancer treatment, or treatment for heart disease, it’s important to do some research before you choose where to... Read More

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in the ICU
Feb 24 2022

How to advocate for a loved one in the ICU

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If someone you care about is seriously ill or injured and is receiving care in the ICU, you can play an important role in ensuring they get the care they need and that that care is in line with their wishes. One thing that can help guide you is your loved one’s healthcare directive or... Read More

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elective surgery
Jan 18 2022

What to do if your elective surgery is postponed

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospitals were overwhelmed with patients who were seriously ill with the virus, most of them indefinitely postponed all elective surgeries. As the initial surge decreased, these surgeries were rescheduled. Unfortunately, the omicron variant of the virus has put hospitals in a difficult position once again. Because of the... Read More

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surprise medical bills
Jan 11 2022

How the No Surprises Act protects you against surprise medical bills

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Surprise medical bills can cause significant financial and mental stress, with some bills totaling in the thousands of dollars. These types of bills are so common and hard to understand that Kaiser Health News and NPR have an ongoing monthly feature called “Bill of the Month, where they investigate bills submitted by readers. What are... Read More

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