Medicare in 2018

Monday, November 20, 2017

We need to clarify our medicare status for 2018: Nothing has changed for what we accept for 2018.

Cigna-Healthspring helped us communicate our insurance status for 2018, and unfortunately caused some major confusion in the process.  The letter was to address Medicare Advantage plans only, and Medicare itself had to approve the letter going out.  After...

Social Media Concerns and Clinic Poicies

Friday, May 19, 2017

We’ve run into issues with social media that are of great concern for privacy and the potential to break government laws regarding privacy. 

Facebook allows anyone to post reviews for instance, and that seems fair.  We want honest feedback as that’s the only way to improve. 

We cannot have public feedback that is unfair and cannot be replied...

Opioid Abuse in Tennessee

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tennessee has a major problem with opioid / narcotic drug abuse. Tennessee has the second highest rate of prescriptions written per person, only behind West Virginia.  There are now more Opioid prescriptions than people in the state. 

It’s common enough that there are 1.18 prescriptions for every man, woman and child in the state, 7.8 million prescriptions....

Cough, Cold, Sinus

Saturday, January 14, 2017

How to treat your illness based on color of your mucous.   If only this was a real thing.  Unfortunately somewhere in time it was thought that the color of your mucous was an indication of the need for antibiotics, but that is proven to be far from the truth.  It’s very risky in todays world to use antibiotics when not necessary due to the numerous comlications:...

Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, December 30, 2016

What is a Wellness Visit / Complete Physical?

A Complete Physical is a Wellness Visit.  This is not a visit to save up a list of problems, it is a visit to review your health history, issues that run in the family, and address preventive health care.  It's a chance to identify risks based on lifestyle, genetics and exposures and to try and prevent...

Opioid Abuse Issues

Friday, December 30, 2016

Abuse of prescription drugs has become more than epidemic and is a major concern for everyone.  Odds are you know some or have someone in your family that has faced issues with opioid abuse. 

The DEA is cracking down on the potential for abuse of prescription drugs by monitoring every prescription written and dispensed in the country.  This data is...

To Lose Weight, go Public

Friday, December 30, 2016

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”    ―  Paulo Coelho    

Whatever your weight loss goals may be,you are much more likely to succeed if you are publicly committed. Social pressure can produce significant results if done in a fun and light-hearted manner. No one likes social disapproval. Our best...

Sun Damage

Friday, December 30, 2016

UV cameras have been used to document sun damage for years but this is the first time I've seen a live action that compares so well. 

This is a major motivation to avoid sun damage by using sunscreens, hats and sunglasses.

Refills

Monday, December 26, 2016

There are many guidelines on safe management of conditions that require medications.  Normally the number of refills for a medication will be enough to last until a visit is necessary which may require laboratory testing.  Sometimes the number of refills is out of sync due to medication changes, benefits changes or mail order.  If you need refills we encourage...

Breaking News 2015

Monday, December 26, 2016

Update for August 2015

We will be auditing our charts for some insurance companies to be sure everyone is up to date on preventive health care issues ( mammograms, colonoscopy, labs, etc ) but if you’ve had a Complete Physical in the last year you should be ok.  If you’ve not yet had a physical, we highly recommend yearly wellness visits for your...

Poison Ivy

Monday, December 26, 2016

Poison Ivy is already making an impact in the clinic and here is a great explanation of how to deal with it.  This is a spot on, no hype demonstration of how to live around poison ivy but not fear it.  

If you still get it on you and don't wash well enough, we can still help.  

Poison Ivy Video.

Travel

Monday, December 26, 2016

World travel is exciting but may require special medical attention.  There may be vaccines needed, malaria prevention, high altitude sickess risks, or other disease outbreaks that need attention.  We can provide a great many of these through our clinic but we do not carry all the possible vaccines you may need.  Some are expensive, controversial or not covered...

Sinusitis

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sinus pain is a very common complaint in our area.  While common, it can be tricky to diagnose and treat.  We have to consider migraine headaches, tension headaches, neck disease, oral infections, and more.  Most sinusitis is caused by viruses, and occasionally bacteria, that will resolve on their own with no treatment.   Worse cases may need antibiotics, or...

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