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An Ounce of Prevention

Recent news reports about prescription drug costs have told us that, as consumers, we are essentially puppets in a marionette theater. Drugs are prescribed as a knee jerk reaction by many providers with little regard to our wallets.  Pricing is increasing at rates well above any inflation numbers we see in other industries.  The majority […]

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Fee for Service vs. Outcomes Based Reimbursement

Most of us give no thought to how our medical providers are reimbursed.  We go in for services, pay what we are told and then deal with any balance billing that arrives in the mail at a later date.  We may complain about the cost of our services, but rarely do we think much beyond […]

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Non-Pharma Approaches to Medical Conditions

Should we be as dependent as we are on prescription drugs, or are there alternative options we can select for care? If we add “pedals to the pills” can we cause positive biochemical changes in our brains as well as the overall improvement in our cardiovascular systems? Some years ago doctors identified a correlation between […]

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Should Prescription Drugs be the First and Only Option?

Many of us are under physicians’ care for diseases and conditions which are treated with prescription medications.  We find our dosages, frequencies and the intensity of our recommended drugs escalating with time.  We also find ourselves at the mercy of pharmaceutical company prices as charged to us through our health insurance plans.  Cost is certainly […]

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Snacking Our Way to Better Health

Have you ever weighed your food, measured your portions, counted calories & carbs and still not had success controlling your diet? For decades many of us have followed the low carb, low fat and low sugar regimens with mixed success.  The daily struggle with cravings and the constant battle to do what is right has […]

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I Can’t Find A Doctor Who Will See Me!

We have received phone calls from many individuals who signed up for health insurance through the Marketplace without a broker and are now struggling to find participating providers. Their key question: shouldn’t every provider who participates in a particular network be required to accept all patients enrolled in plans that use that network whether through […]

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Holiday Self Control

The holiday season is coming into full swing. We have warmed up our “sweet teeth” with Halloween candy, we are warming up our taste buds for our Thanksgiving feast and we are preparing our tummies for all the treats we associate with the time between Thanksgiving and our New Year’s resolutions. The weather is turning […]

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REALLY???

The last quarter of each year is the busiest time in our industry and in my life. Open enrollments for two blocks of clients and renewals for several dozen groups keep us at our desks for long hours. It is easy to stress eat, not drink enough water and generally not take good care of […]

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Prescription Review

The start of the Medicare Open Enrollment period is a scant two weeks away, so it is time for us to line up our pill bottles and prepare for our annual prescription review. Open enrollment for those of us under age 65 is a scant month away. Each year prescription formularies change for all carriers […]

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