Healthpoints

Healthpoints: Filling the Provider Void

Aug 9, 2018

n the recent past, the government was evaluating the concept of Medical Homes with Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) serving as the active navigator of their patient’s health care. This was an innovative theory; but in practice, it was highly unlikely to have a substantial impact on the delivery of care. At the same time as the government was proposing this solution to the conundrum of care availability, the reimbursements doctors were receiving for various services, procedures and tests were reduced. This reduction meant PCPs would have to see more patients to maintain a level of income commensurate with the sacrifices...

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Filed Under: doctor shortages, healthcare quality, patient satisfaction

Health Points: Retainer Based Primary Care Physicians

Jul 8, 2018

During the development of Curus' holding company Total Life Concierge and its healthcare delivery concept, there was lengthy discussion about how concierge medicine was in its very embryonic stage in the United States. One of the topics of discussion was the potential adverse impact on the primary care delivery system if doctors who normally treated 1500 -2000 patients yearly reduced their practice load to a maximum of 600 patients per year. In fact, in certain communities, based upon the annual fee up to $24,000 per annum patient, loads were being reduced down to 50-100 patients annually. It was Curus position then and now that...

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Managing Your Health and Safety While Traveling

Jul 3, 2018

Traveling can be a blast. Whether it's a family vacation, spa retreat, golf weekend, or business conference, a trip offers a change of scenery and respite from the daily grind. But - it also removes you from your everyday element. As creatures of habit, or at least routine, we can easily take for granted quick access to resources we rely on daily. It'll be important to bring them to the forefront of your mind, so you're not caught unprepared in case of an emergency. Living with a medical condition or chronic illness? This checklist is even more important for you....

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Filed Under: Health Management, Traveling

Senior Medications

May 29, 2018

Too Much and Too Little when it comes to prescriptions. An article published this month in "Medscape" highlighted the epidemic of prescription errors occurring in hospitals when discharging older patients The article stated, "Potentially unsafe prescriptions are common at the time of discharge for older patients, according to a new study, with 83.8% of patients receiving at least one potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) and having a potential prescribing omissions (PPO)." The article goes on to state, "Patients with at least one PIM were significantly more likely to experience three or more readmissions, and those with at least one PPO were significantly more likely...

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Heart Health – Steps to prevent Metabolic syndrome

Feb 28, 2018

February is American Heart month. Now is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their heart health and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved in learning more about heart health. While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it's  important  to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading  global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year. When we think of heart health, it is important to remember that the health of all our body systems relies upon...

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