Topic: Health Planning

HIPAA
May 8 2018

How does HIPAA protect your medical information?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

You’ve probably signed at least a dozen HIPAA forms at the doctor’s and dentist’s office, your pharmacy, the urgent care center, and perhaps even the local hospital. But what does the information on those forms mean and how does HIPAA help protect the privacy of your medical information? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act... Read More

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benefits
Mar 27 2018

Good health insurance doesn’t guarantee you’re getting the best care

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Having a comprehensive health insurance plan that provides the full range of benefits, including preventive care, outpatient care for illnesses and injuries, emergency care, coverage for care in the hospital, mental health care, and prescription drugs, can help you pay for the healthcare you need. But having good health insurance does not mean you necessarily... Read More

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treatment plan
Mar 20 2018

Why you should set treatment goals when you face a serious illness

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness can be overwhelming. Most people aren’t sure what to do next and simply follow their doctor’s treatment recommendations. But if your condition isn’t an emergency, like a heart attack or stroke, you may want to take some time to get a second opinion on your diagnosis and treatment... Read More

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high cost prescription drugs
Mar 13 2018

High Cost Prescription Drugs: The Right Choice for You?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

New, very expensive prescription drugs that treat a range of conditions from hepatitis C, leukemia, and cystic fibrosis to multiple sclerosis and rare inherited conditions like Wilson’s disease and hereditary angioedema have been one of the drivers of increasing health care costs in the U.S. These prescription drugs can cost from $54,000 to more than... Read More

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medical bills
Feb 6 2018

How to Save Money by Catching Errors on Your Medical Bills

Blog  •  By Miles Varn

Healthcare is expensive. In fact, Americans spent $3.5 trillion on health expenditures in 2016, the most recent year statistics are available for. As more people enroll in high deductible insurance plans, individuals’ out of pocket costs for healthcare are growing significantly. But there’s another factor that may be increasing your healthcare costs—errors on medical bills.... Read More

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readmitted
Jan 30 2018

These steps can help you avoid being readmitted to the hospital

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve recently been released from the hospital, there’s a risk you may not be aware of—being readmitted to the hospital within the month after your release. That risk is greater for older people and people who were hospitalized due to heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia. There are many different reasons why people are... Read More

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appointment
Jan 16 2018

Strategies to help you cut the wait for an appointment

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

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

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Aug 15 2017

Key Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Deciding to Have Surgery

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

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

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health insurance
Jun 27 2017

Are you getting all you can out of your health insurance benefits?

Health Risk Management  •  By Susan Walker

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

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informed medical decisions
Apr 11 2017

Tools to help you make more informed medical decisions

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

As more and more patients become active partners in the process of making medical decisions, the need for tools that provide the evidence-based information that can help them make informed medical decisions grows. An Institute of Medicine study found that majority of people facing elective surgery, receiving a new prescription, or a recommendation for cancer... Read More

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