Topic: Second Opinion

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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medical jargon
Jun 16 2020

How to translate your doctor’s medical jargon

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Would you understand if your doctor told you your EKG was unremarkable or your condition was idiopathic? Like all professions, medicine has its own vocabulary. Unfortunately, most patients aren’t fluent in the language of medical jargon and many doctors don’t provide plain English explanations when sharing information, test results, or recommendations with their patients. That... Read More

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complex health problem
Oct 29 2019

What to do when you’re diagnosed with a complex health problem

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a complex health problem such as advanced cancer or organ failure that means you’ll need a transplant or a rare condition such as sickle-cell disease or hemophilia the right support can not only have a positive effect on the outcome of your treatment it can... Read More

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medical bills
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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back surgery
Jul 25 2017

Factors that Affect a Successful Back Surgery

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your doctor has recommended back surgery for chronic back pain, your next step should be to learn about the factors that may affect the outcome of your surgery. Understanding the potential risks and benefits of surgery and what you can do to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome are the keys to making... Read More

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complications after surgery
Jun 13 2017

Steps to Lower Your Risk of Complications After Surgery

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re scheduled to have surgery, there are proactive steps you can take that can help lower your risk of experiencing complications after surgery such as post-operative infections and blood clots. Complications due to the surgical procedure, rather than a worsening of the underlying condition that caused the need for the surgery, are the main... Read More

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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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New treatments for colorectal cancer
Mar 21 2017

Could You Benefit from These Latest Colorectal Cancer Treatments?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you exclude skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. The American Cancer Society projects 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer in 2017. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colorectal... Read More

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Is spinal fusion the right choice for you?
May 17 2016

Questions to Ask About Spinal Fusion Surgery

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

There has been a significant increase in the number of people who undergo spinal fusion surgery to treat back and leg pain, but a new study suggests that spinal fusion may not be the most appropriate treatment for many of these people. The goal of the study was to compare pain relief and the ability... Read More

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