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Mapping Life Expectancy: Health Traits By Region

When is the last time you’ve taken a walk around your neighborhood? Or visited the local park? Do you buy healthy foods from the local supermarket, or do you settle for the convenient fast food place near your home? We may want to reflect more carefully on all of these factors – a recent study ...


Finding Direction Through a Patient Navigator: A Journey of Hope (Part 2)

Part 2: Grappling With the Murky Details of Healthcare The oncologist seemed nice and eager to help. He was actually very much like the financial representative, although a bit matter-of-factly because he’d obviously done this many times before. He recommended what he termed was “standard of care” and the “treatment of choice,” a combination of chemotherapeutic ...


Finding Direction Through a Patient Navigator: A Journey of Hope (Part 1)

Part I: Bracing for a Life-Changing Diagnosis The expectation of a patient upon entering the clinical services of the healthcare system largely revolve around receiving adequate and supportive help in the treatment and care of their underlying illness. In the case of Mrs. Arrow, she was in a state of anguish when she arrived at the ...


Avatar-Based Technology Helps Users Shed Pounds, Says Study

Obesity has been officially classified as a disease by the American Medical Association thanks to the growing prevalence of the condition amongst the U.S. population. For years, healthcare professionals have been seeking ways to improve the wellness of patient populations through diverse interventions. A new study by George Washington University School of Public Health and Health ...


Medicare Uses New Tactics to Fight Fraud, Waste and Abuse

The Obama Administration is furthering its efforts to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in today’s healthcare system. One tactic designed to achieve this goal is a redesigned Medicare Summary Notice. A Medicare Summary Notice is an informational bulletin that people with original Medicare receive in the mail every three months for their Medicare Part A and ...


Insurance Billing: Know When to Pay and When to Say ‘No Way!’

I agree that the title of this article is pretty corny. It gets even cornier when you imagine saying it with your hand up like a police officer stopping traffic. But corniness aside, it is great advice that needs to be shared with clients, friends and family members. If you were to ask your clients, “What ...


Study Examines Link Between Post-Traumatic Stress and Stroke Risk

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is most commonly associated with intense life-threatening encounters, such as war or automobile accidents. Many survivors of serious illnesses also have been known to suffer from PTSD, demonstrating that the disorder that can be triggered by a wider range of traumatic incidents than we commonly imagine. A recent study published under the ...


Rural Cancer Patients Struggle With Their Chronic Condition, Says Study

Options for healthcare services are far more limited in rural areas of the U.S., an obstacle that has necessitated that individuals in need of care drive long distances in search of even the closest provider. The difficulty of access to health providers seems to be taking a toll on those with chronic conditions, according to ...


Day Centers Relieve Stress for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Caring for a loved one with dementia can cause significant stress to family caregivers, but new research shows that there are ways to reduce stress while providing the social stimulation that is important to maintain mental functioning. The answer lies in Alzheimer’s care centers, which provide nonmedical support to elderly patients who require assistance with day-to-day ...


Insurance Gaps Loom as Health System Transitions to ACA

As the U.S. prepares to transition to a new healthcare landscape brought on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), each state has been tasked with determining just how they will implement access policies for the ACA health plans. While the exchange of knowledge of these health plans will be difficult enough for consumer and state alike, ...


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