Personal Health Record

Take the Pledge to be an Informed Healthcare Consumer!

Are you part of the generation that recalls the small local family doctors’ office, where sometimes the same doctor would take care of one generation through the next?  The doc would know your name, your spouse’s name, and even the sports team your kids played on? Heck – they would even remember why they had

Extreme Couponing, Healthcare Version

In the modern era of recession-encouraged cost cutting and reality TV shows, some people have made a name for themselves by “extreme couponing.” They get hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries for ten, fifteen, twenty dollars. Most people don’t have the time (or the space) for “extreme couponing,” but that doesn’t mean people aren’t looking


You’ve read it, and signed that you’ve read it, but did you get it?  Just what is HIPAA? HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a federal law to prevent abuses of your personal health information.  Here’s the lowdown on what it’s all about. What is HIPAA? WHO? Under the HIPAA rules the

Teach a Man to Fish…

Teach a man to fish and he will feed himself forever, teach an employee to be a responsible healthcare consumer and watch your benefit costs decrease. The uncertainty of the healthcare reform act and its effect on employee sponsored healthcare plans has made it even more imperative for employers to take an active interest in

One Word Can Save Your Life – Why?

Newsweek recently published a cover article titled; One Word Can Save your Life: NO! The in-depth article makes the point that more healthcare often means worse health.  For instance, 5 random studies were done comparing the effectiveness of surgical intervention on heart patients (stents, angioplasty, etc.) versus noninvasive treatments (diet, exercise & medication). The studies

Do I Really Need an Angioplasty?

Self-scrutiny is a good thing. Without it one can’t learn from their past. Without it there can be no growth.  Along these lines, kudos to the American College of Cardiology (ACC).  Last week the American Medical Association released a study done by the ACC itself suggesting a portion of angioplasties performed were inappropriate for the