Stress in the West

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "A Stressed Nation: Americans Search for a Healthy Balance", which highlights the negative impact that stress is having on the health of Americans. Download it HERE!

Much like the Northeast, the stress levels of the West can easily be described in two distinct ways: there is the laid back, stress-free surfing crowd, juxtaposed with the career-driven work force. And then there are those in between, who… Read the rest

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How Not to Brush Your Teeth [INFOGRAPHIC]

Capturing patients' attention and educating them on important subjects can be a tricky thing. Sometimes the best way to get a point across is to present it in a highly-visual format. These communications can be shared via email, posted on your website or even displayed around the office for patients to read and review at their convenience.

The infographic below is a great example of how you can use a visual to educate patients. "How Not to Brush Your Teeth"… Read the rest

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Stress in the Northeast

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "A Stressed Nation: Americans Search for a Healthy Balance", which highlights the negative impact that stress is having on the health of Americans. Download it HERE!

According to Travel and Leisure, five of the top 20 fittest cities in America are located in the Northeast. Thanks to the surplus of outdoor activities in the region, many Northeasterners are thought of as being in great physical condition.… Read the rest

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Scoring Patient Activation and What It Means for the Healthcare Industry

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlights the increased quantitative assessment of "patient activation". What was once more of a feel-based measure can now be scored on a 0 to 100 scale by asking patients how strongly they agree with a series of statements, such as "I am confident that I can tell a doctor my concerns, even when he or she does not ask."

The article also cites a study conducted by Fairview Health… Read the rest

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Stress in the Midwest

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "A Stressed Nation: Americans Search for a Healthy Balance", which highlights the negative impact that stress is having on the health of Americans. Download it HERE!

Somewhere in the middle of America, Midwesterners are finding themselves caught in a web of stress. The region reports the highest stress levels on a daily basis out of any in the nation. But what is causing this stress? Midwesterners… Read the rest

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Why Reputable SEO Companies Never Guarantee a Top Position

There are many reasons why good SEO companies don't guarantee first page search rankings and why untrustworthy companies do. While guaranteed rankings sounds great, the truth is that no reputable SEO provider will offer guaranteed positions. This is because quality SEO companies are run by people who know that it's not possible for any company (or individual) to know for sure if a site will move into the top position...regardless of how much work the company or person puts… Read the rest

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Consumer Payments: Do Retailers’ Best Practices Apply to Healthcare?

Online payments have become the norm for many industries, including the healthcare industry. Many providers, from solo-doctor practices to large health systems, are leveraging online payments to offer their patients a new way to pay their healthcare bills. Yet, simply offering the option to pay online may not be enough to actually connect with patients.

As consumers, patients have high expectations of the online payment process that have been set by other industries. Below are the ways the retail… Read the rest

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Make New Friends and Keep Your Old Ones

When I was in elementary school, I was a Girl Scout, and one of the songs we learned to sing was done in rounds:

Make new friends and keep the old,
One is silver and the other gold.

No matter how many years (or generations!) later, that little song carries a world of truth and rings as true today as when it was created. That’s a fact when dealing with any of the truths of life, such… Read the rest

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Stress Proves a Thorn in the Side of Men Across America

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "A Stressed Nation: Americans Search for a Healthy Balance", which highlights the negative impact that stress is having on the health of Americans. Download it HERE!

While it is no surprise women have a great deal of responsibility on their plate, leading to more stress in their daily lives, men also find themselves battling stress on a daily basis. And while women reported a majority… Read the rest

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Predicting Health Threats through Dental Exams

Can a routine dental exam uncover potential threats to your health beyond your mouth? You bet it can.

A recent Rodale News article references a study published in the Journal of Dental Research and highlights five major health threats that can be predicted by dental problems.

For example, the tooth decay and cavities that come from an unhealthy diet can be early indicators and drivers of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Do your patients understand the long-term… Read the rest

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The Good News About Cancer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Today's blog post is a great example of a "glass half-full" approach to wellness. In this new infographic, Erich Scholl (via RockYourCause.com and Daily Infographic) puts a positive spin on cancer by reminding us that it's preventable in most cases.

It encourages us to talk more about prevention and how the seemingly unimportant decisions we're making on a daily basis can impact our risk of developing cancer down the road. For example, are you not excited… Read the rest

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Women Face Increased Stress as Part of Balancing Act of Everyday Life

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "A Stressed Nation: Americans Search for a Healthy Balance", which highlights the negative impact that stress is having on the health of Americans. Download it HERE!

Life in general is a balancing act. Trying to devote the necessary time to home, work, and social life can be a struggle. While women are becoming more established in the workplace, many household responsibilities, including often taking on the main… Read the rest

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A Bird In the Hand

Do you have patients who wish to opt out of using their insurance for payment? The Affordable Care Act allows a patient to make the choice between having you file with their insurance or paying their balance themselves without filing.

I am a big fan of Mary Pat Whaley* (www.managemypractice.com), who is a great resource for common issues faced in medical practice management. In a recent blog post, Mary Pat presents very logical situations as… Read the rest

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A Tobacco-Free Generation in a Generation

The most recent Surgeon General's report on The Health Consequences of Smoking marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General's report linking smoking to disease. Since the publication of the first report, the incidence of smoking in the U.S. has dropped from 42% to 18%. The awareness and measures to curb tobacco use have saved nearly 8 million lives and contributed to longer life expectancy.

While these numbers are impressive, we still have a long way… Read the rest

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Americans of All Ages Seek Better Stress Management Techniques

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "A Stressed Nation: Americans Search for a Healthy Balance", which highlights the negative impact that stress is having on the health of Americans. Download it HERE!

Many things get better with age: As cheese ages the flavor is better, and many adult beverages take time to acquire the perfect taste. It is even said that while parents love having their own kids, becoming a grandparent is like… Read the rest

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