Topic: Medical Errors

second opinion
Oct 24 2017

How to Ask for a Medical Second Opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

There are a number of different situations when you might want to get a second opinion on your diagnosis or treatment plan. It’s wise to consider getting a second opinion if you’re diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare condition or if your doctor has recommended elective (non-emergency) surgery like joint replacement or a hysterectomy.... Read More

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How to advocate for a loved one in the hospital
Oct 10 2017

How to be an effective advocate for a loved one in the hospital

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

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

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mentla health
Oct 3 2017

Mental health: Could a physical problem be causing your psycholoigcal symptoms?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

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

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elective surgery
Sep 19 2017

7 Questions to Ask If Your Second Opinion Is Different Than Your First

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare condition or if your doctor has recommended elective (non-emergency) surgery, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion. There are several ways that a second opinion can help you make an informed medical decision: It can confirm that your original diagnosis and treatment plan... Read More

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virtual second opinion
Apr 25 2017

When to get a virtual second opinion and where to get one

Second Opinion  •  By Susan Walker

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare health problem or received a recommendation for surgery, getting a second opinion can help you avoid misdiagnosis and choose the most appropriate treatment. In fact, some studies found that about 20% of people seek a second opinion and that percentage rises to 50% for people... Read More

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Calculator and stethoscope on financial statement concept for finance health check or cost of healthcare
Apr 4 2017

Can your health impact your financial wellbeing?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

You may not think about how your health and healthcare decisions affect your financial wellbeing beyond the issues of how much you pay for health insurance and what you have to pay out of your own pocket for your deductible and copays. But there are a number of other ways that your health can have... Read More

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Medical emergency while traveling
Mar 28 2017

Are you prepared for a medical emergency while traveling?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Facing a medical emergency while you’re away from home is not something most people plan for, but it should be. With some advance planning, you can be better prepared to find the care you need if you experience an illness or injury when you’re traveling inside or outside the U.S. Be sure to take these... Read More

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Commonly misdiagnosed diseases
Jan 24 2017

5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases You Should Know About

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

The risk of a medical misdiagnosis is a serious threat. Several studies have highlighted this risk, including an Institute of Medicine study that found that approximately 12 million people in the U.S. who seek outpatient medical care will experience some form of diagnostic error each year. Why and How Do Misdiagnosis Happen? A misdiagnosis may... Read More

health risk management
Jan 10 2017

Health Risk Management: Why You Need a Plan Now

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Most people think about planning for the future in financial terms, for example how much money they should save for retirement and how to invest that money to reach their goals. But there’s another type of planning that’s equally important—health risk management. Knowing what health risks you may face and what you can do to... Read More

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Dec 20 2016

How to Prevent Drug Interactions and Adverse Reactions

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Drug interactions and adverse reactions send nearly 700,000 people to emergency rooms and cause 100,000 people to be hospitalized each year, according to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The danger of drug interactions and adverse reactions increases a great deal as you age for several different reasons: Older people are more likely... Read More

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