Does your Utilization Management Measure Up?

Does your Utilization Management Measure Up? Patient Specific Normative Data May Provide the Answer By: Michael J. O’Connor, President, MCM Solutions for Better Health Almost one-third of healthcare dollars goes to inpatient hospital care. That’s almost three times the amount spent on prescription drugs. Utilization Management (UM) programs … [Read more...]

The impact of premature birth on society

Premature birth is birth that happens before 37 weeks. Each year In the United States, nearly half a million babies—about 1 in 10—is born prematurely. Prematurity can cause long-term health problems for babies throughout their lives which can have long-lasting financial effects and can affect a person’s education and ability to work. How much … [Read more...]

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer by Watching Your Weight

By Stacy Simon Managing weight is a challenge for most people in the US. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 69% of American adults are overweight. This puts them at higher risk for serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. For women, being overweight or obese … [Read more...]

Regular Exercise Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

By Stacy Simon Engaging in regular exercise is good for you for many reasons, and one of them is to lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Many studies conducted over the past 20 years have shown consistently that an increase in physical activity is linked to a lower breast cancer risk. The difference in risk between the most active and the … [Read more...]

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

In the last 40 years, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight. Obesity is now considered an epidemic! Get Moving and Get Involved! Ask the … [Read more...]

Vaccines for Pregnant Women

Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines against both the flu and whooping cough (pertussis) during pregnancy. These vaccines not only protect the mother by preventing illnesses and complications, but also pass on vaccine … [Read more...]

Are you ready for school?

Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health, especially when they are in a setting like a school or a child care center where disease outbreaks can occur. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to … [Read more...]

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

We all love to take in those warm summer rays, but we must all remember to protect their skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun, especially children and people with pale or sensitive skin. The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays and both types can damage your eyes and skin. UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that can … [Read more...]

5 Best Ways To Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer this summer

Wear Sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or more and reapply every 30 minutes. Wear hats and proper clothes that protect the skin. Wear Sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Aim for the shade during the sun's peak hours between 10am and 4pm. Be aware of reflective surfaces like sand, water, and snow that intensify the sun's … [Read more...]

30 Minutes of Daily Exercise Can Help Men Live Longer

According to the Oslo II study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, men in their 60s and 70s who routinely exercised 30 minutes six days a week had a 40 percent lower risk of dying over a 12-year period, compared to their sedentary counterparts. "Even at the age of 73 years, physical activity is associated highly with mortality … [Read more...]