One big problem in our healthcare system is its
lack of price transparency.
Different insurance companies negotiate different rates with different networks. Middlemen called pharmacy benefits managers (PBM) similarly control drug prices. Cash pricing is something else altogether.
So it made me laugh to listen to two physicians—who I think are stars in the conversation about REAL healthcare reform—banter about trying to order a meal at McDonald’s…
read on The CDC reached out and asked that I join other health professionals in sharing this Flu Prevention Resource Sheet. It’s full of flu facts, tips, and helpful links. Sláinte, FN The Flu Prevention Resource Sheet for Healthcare Workers, Teachers and Concerned Parents The U.S. flu season is just beginning , and can last until May (with peak infections hitting between December and February). While it’s far too early to predict … read on Soy products used to confuse me.
As a nurse, I worked with breast cancer patients. At the time there was confusion about whether women with breast cancer, or at a high risk of getting breast cancer, could safely eat soy.
That’s because soy contains an abundance of
isoflavones. Isoflavones are phytoestrogens or plant compounds that mimic estrogen and bind to estrogen receptors in our bodies.
Because most breast cancers …
read on November 1 marked the beginning of the six-week open enrollment season.
From November 1 to December 15, those of us in the individual health insurance market can browse plans through
healthcare.gov, a state-run health insurance marketplace, or any health insurance provider that sells individual plans.
As you shop for health insurance, it’s good to know a few of the basics.
Exchange plans are categorized or “metalized” into three …
read on Look both ways!
What is the biggest risk to kids on Halloween night? It’s not an overdose of sugar, or the possibility of tainted treats. It’s the traffic.
says child pedestrian accidents increase 400% on Halloween, compared to an average day. The Mother’s Complete Guide to Halloween Safety
The greatest number of accidents occur between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm.
The guide gives the following tips for …
I’m all about high-value, evidence-based healthcare.
And because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month (
), I want to share this video by Andrew Lazris, MD, and Erik Rifkin, PhD. They use the visual of 1000 women sitting in a theater to illustrate why screening mammograms probably won’t save your life. Think Pink? Think Twice!
A picture (or video) is worth a thousand words, isn’t …
read on Yesterday I got my flu shot.
Here’s what I’d like you to know about the flu shot.
The flu shot takes about 2 weeks to reach it’s max protectiveness, so I like to get it around mid-October. Flu seasons vary from year to year. Some years the flu comes early in November or December; other years, like last year, it peaks late in April or May. Experts are warning … read on Germs are everywhere Today is Global Handwashing Day!
One of the best ways to prevent nasty seasonal colds and flu (not to mention nasty intestinal ailments) is to wash your hands.
It doesn’t take much imagination to envision the gazillions of germs that are lurking on handles and door knobs and other surfaces that we—and others—touch multiple times a day.
Wash your hands often
Soap and water are the gold …
read on We must be a nation of book lovers because there are at least three nationally-recognized book lovers’ days or months.
National Book Month is October (the others are in January and August), so I thought I would share a few of the healthcare books that I am currently reading or about to read.
If you’ve read my blog for long you know I’m an avid reader. I devour books about …
There isn’t a vaccine or
cure for the common cold.
The best way to prevent catching a cold is to
wash your hands, because anything you touch may be covered in cold germs.
Watch a sneeze in slow motion and you’ll understand why it’s so important to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze!
The physics of a sneeze
The above video …