When your doctor recommends a drug, treatment or test, be sure to ask if it's appropriate for you. To help guide your discussion with your doctor, we've included a list of articles below from "Consumer Reports" and other patient friendly groups.
05/10/2013 From: Consumer Reports From hip and knee replacements to high blood pressure, there are always things you can change in your day-to-day life that can help alleviate your ailments or even help them disappear altogether.
08/19/2016 From: Consumer Reports If you or someone you care for is in the emergency department, you want the medical staff to do everything they can to find out what's wrong and provide the right treatment. The doctors in the emergency room (ER) want the same thing. There are times when a CT scan (Computerized Tomography Scan, sometimes called a CAT scan) might be needed to help with the diagnosis. A CT scan uses X-rays to take pictures of your insides. Main Article
07/30/2014 From: The Joint Commission Living with diabetes can make you good at managing the ups and downs of the disease. You can handle sick days, a trip to the store or a trip across the country. Going to the hospital, however, presents new challenges. Main Article
07/30/2014 From: The Joint Commission As a dialysis patient, you have a routine. You go to a dialysis center for dialysis or perform your own dialysis at home. You are actively involved in the daily care of your condition. This should not change when you go to the hospital. Main Article
05/10/2013 From: Consumer Reports These tip sheets, brochures and videos, free for consumers' personal and family use, are provided in collaboration with the Choosing Wisely Employers' Toolkit. Information for employers can be found at the National Business Coalition on Health. Visit the Website
Health Insurance Options, Marketplace and the New Health Care Laws
02/21/2013 From: HealthCare.gov Articles about Prevention, Wellness, and Comparing Providers.
Under the health care law, many insurers are required to cover certain preventive services at no cost to you. You may be eligible for preventive care such as blood pressure and
cholesterol tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, screenings for
osteoporosis and more. These benefits include coverage for vaccines and new preventative benefits for women.
Tools to compare physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis facilities. Visit the Website
11/01/2011 From: Consumer Reports These rankings of private, Medicare, and Medicaid health-insurance plans (HMOs and PPOs) are based on data and calculations from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent nonprofit group. A total of 830 plans are ranked in three categories: 390 private plans that people enroll in through work or on their own, 341 that serve Medicare beneficiaries in the Medicare Advantage program, and 99 that Medicaid beneficiaries enroll in. Main Article
02/21/2013 From: Leapfrog Group The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer
purchasing power to alert America's health industry that big leaps in
health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and
rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer
members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care
information as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record
of high quality care.
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing
hospitals' performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and
efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care.
Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve
hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and
Leapfrog's purchaser members use Survey results
to inform their employees and purchasing strategies. In 2009, 1206
hospitals across the country completed The Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Visit the Website
02/08/2013 From: Consumer Reports You do not always have time to plan for a hospital admission. But most often you do, even if itís just a few days. Planning for that visit can lead to better care and faster care. So use that time to take these steps: Main Article
02/08/2013 From: Consumer Reports More than a third of hospital patients fail to get needed follow-up care once they get home. And many people have to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. To prevent that from happening to you, take these six steps. Main Article
02/08/2013 From: Consumer Reports Hospital staff members arenít out to hurt you, but mistakes do happen, especially when things are busy or chaotic. So be polite-but alert. These eight steps can help improve hospital-patient safety. Main Article
02/21/2013 From: The Commonwealth Fund WhyNotTheBest.org was created and is maintained by The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward a high performance health system. It is a free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. It enables organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. Case studies and improvement tools spotlight successful improvement strategies of the nation's top performers. A regional map shows performance at the county, HRR, state, and national levels.