WHY YOU MAY REGRET LETTING VIRUS FEARS KEEP YOU AWAY FROM THE DOCTOR
Non-urgent medical appointments have been on hold for much of the pandemic. Over the past four months, patients and physicians have canceled routine checkups, postponed preventive screenings and put off elective surgeries to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.
But just because in-person visits took a break, that doesn't mean diseases did. Here are 3 health practices that experts say you might want to reconsider delaying.
- Cancer screenings
- Dental visits
STAY ON TOP OF VACCINES
There has been a sharp decline in childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, leaving many kids at risk for preventable deadly diseases. Adults, children and older adults need to make sure their vaccines are up to date. Getting a flu shot this fall will be more important than ever. Keeping everyone healthy and out of the hospital as much as possible helps to conserve potentially scarce resources that may be needed for COVID-19. Some vaccines can be administered at a pharmacy or a walk-in clinic. Check with your doctor to figure out the best time and setting to schedule your shots.
FOLLOW UP CANCER SCREENINGS
Like most other preventive appointments, routine cancer screenings have come to a standstill since March. This means thousands of Americans will receive a delayed cancer diagnosis because of the pandemic. When it comes to rescheduling screenings, some people need to be seen sooner than others. If you have a family history of breast cancer or have had an abnormal mammogram in the past - do not put off your screening. The same goes for cervical and colon cancer screenings in higher-risk individuals.
Dental problems early on — like very small decay in a tooth — rarely have symptoms, so people often aren’t aware they have a problem until a dentist examines their teeth. The coronavirus pandemic kept most patients out of the dental chair the last several months. For those in the midst of treatment, that delay could become problematic.
People with braces are usually seen by their orthodontist every 5 to 6 weeks for adjustments; but missing appointments and leaving the braces unattended can cause the teeth to move in a bad way and sometimes cause damage in the root underneath.
With dental procedures, if you start and don’t finish it, it will create more of a problem. The longer time you wait, the more complexity you generate in the mouth. Where you once needed a simple filling, you might now need a root canal. If you needed a root canal, you could end up with an abscess or maybe lose the tooth altogether. You should still go to the dentist - but be careful.
Just remember: Everyone is different, and there is no single standard for which appointments are okay to delay, and which are not. Balance the risks and benefits and discuss them with your doctors. Your health and wellness are at stake.
Kenneth B. Berry, consultant to HMC HealthWorks, explains how in healthcare, reference-based pricing (RBP) primarily is thought of as a tool to help engage health plan participants in their purchasing decisions.
Berry’s article, “Reference-Based Pricing Is Being Redefined”, appeared in Benefits Magazine, the trade publication available to members of the International Association of Employee Benefits Plans (www.ifebp.org).
Plan sponsors may be able to cut spending substantially with RBP. HMC HealthWorks is committed toward helping participants pay less for the same procedures, ultimately reducing costs for all while receiving quality care.
Learn more about referenced-based pricing and how it could help you: Reference-Based Pricing Is Being Redefined
Reproduced with permission from Benefits Magazine, Volume 52 Number 10, pages 26-31, October, 2015, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (www.ifebp.org), Brookfield, Wisconsin. All rights reserved. Statements or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or positions of the International Foundation, its officers, directors or staff. No further transmission or electronic distribution of this material is permitted. Subscriptions are available for purchase by contacting us at 888-334-3327, option 4 or www.ifebp.org/subscriptions.
The approach to select a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) by issuing a request for proposal (RFP) may fall short of the goal of saving money. An RFP does not really tell employers which PBM can provide them with the lowest prescription drug cost, writes Kenneth B. Berry, consultant to HMC HealthWorks.
In Berry’s article, “Choosing a PBM: Is Your Plan Asking the Right Questions?”, which appeared in Benefits Magazine, the trade publication available to members of the International Association of Employee Benefits Plans (www.ifebp.org), much is to be considered.
Plan sponsors could experience an increase in total spending on drugs.
Learn more how that might be by clicking the link here: Choosing a PBM: Is Your Plan Asking the Right Questions?
Reproduced with permission from Benefits Magazine, Volume 54 Number 3, pages 28-33, March, 2017, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (www.ifebp.org), Brookfield, Wisconsin. All rights reserved. Statements or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or positions of the International Foundation, its officers, directors or staff. No further transmission or electronic distribution of this material is permitted. Subscriptions are available for purchase by contacting us at 888-334-3327, option 4 or www.ifebp.org/subscriptions.
JUPITER, FL – HMC HealthWorks announces their nationwide release of HMC movere, a cost-neutral, comprehensive and customized wellness solution. From onsite to online, HMC movere creates dynamic health challenges and campaigns, which engage employees to drive meaningful change. Dr. Janis DiMonaco, President and CEO of HMC HealthWorks says, “We created and designed this program specifically for brokers and employers to mitigate their healthcare costs and incorporate meaningful behavior change across their populations. With the Affordable Care Act proposing to increase the maximum permissible reward under a health-contingent wellness program, it is even more important to implement a program that Moves into Wellness,” Dr. DiMonaco says and what better way to do it than with HMC movere.
HMC movere Program Components
HMC movere begins with preventive screenings to detect employee’s risks at the earliest possible stage. Based on the employee’s results, a plan of action is developed with personalized one-on-one coaching along with interactive tools, activities and challenges to better educate the employee to successfully reach their personal goals and improve their overall health status. HMC movere, utilizes a cost neutral program within the Federal Regulations. “The Total Solution of the HMC movere program allows for an ROI in the cost savings within the program while improving the bottom line in claims, workers compensation and the soft costs through the improved health of the individual. Each program for each company will be customized to the needs and wants of that company,” says Judi Harrison, VP of Business Development at HMC movere a division of HMC HealthWorks.