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5 Things to Take to Your Doctor’s Appointment
Mar 31, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

A doctor’s appointment can be overwhelming and intimidating. To take the ease off the appointment process, make sure that you have all the essentials for a doctor's visit. Read this list of things to bring to your next appointment to make sure your visit goes a little smoother.

Your ID cards.

This includes both your driver’s license and medical insurance card. This will give the staff at your doctor’s office all the information they need to know about you and your health insurance. An electronic version of your insurance card is a good option too.

Changes to your medical record.

From new diagnoses to recent lab test to current medications (i.e., vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs), let your doctor know what is going on with you. I suggest that you make a list of the medications you take and bring a copy of any recent lab test results to your doctor's [...]

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Allergies: Know Where to Go to Get Relief This Season
Mar 24, 2017 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

For allergy and asthma sufferers in Atlanta, there are effectively three seasons: summer, winter and pollen. With a warmer than average winter, high pollen counts have already been reported across the U.S. In Atlanta, this warmer than usual weather triggered an early release of tree pollen. As a result, pollen counts started rising in mid-February. This means allergy season is already here — which may seem unfair, considering we are still at the tail end of flu season. Click here to learn more about pollen counts and what the numbers mean. Respiratory allergies, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever), flare up because of a heightened immune system response to pollen particles. Allergic rhinitis produces the typical sneezing and runny nose associated with pollen season, as well as itchy watery eyes. You can also experience itching in your ears, nose [...]

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Medicare Educational Seminars at Emory
Mar 20, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Whether you’re turning 65, already on Medicare, or helping someone with their coverage, plan to attend a free seminar to get your Medicare questions answered. Offered at several Emory locations, Medicare Educational Seminars are designed for patients new to Medicare and those brushing up on their benefits. Learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, and the different types of Medicare insurance. Find out if you may qualify for federal and state subsidy programs. [...]

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital to offer free health screenings at women’s health event
Feb 3, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) will host its annual Ladies’ Night Out event devoted to women’s health on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free health screenings will be offered to women including: glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. Clinicians will also be on hand to educate women about breast health, cardiovascular disease and signs of stroke and heart attacks. Jennifer Graham, MSN, FNP-BC, Emory Heart and Vascular Center; Maria Piraner, MD, diagnostic radiologist, director of the Center for Breast Care at EJCH; and Patricia Yugueros, MD, chief of plastic surgery at EJCH, and will hold a panel discussion about trends in women’s health at 6 p.m. Doors will open to the Ladies’ Night Out event at 6:30 p.m. [...]

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Foot Care for Seniors: 10 Important Tips
Feb 3, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Proper foot care is essential for older adults to help prevent injuries, falls and complications from chronic conditions like diabetes.Proper foot care is essential for older adults because it can help prevent injuries, falls and complications from chronic diseases like diabetes. Learn how to properly care for your feet so they can continue to take you wherever you need to go. 1. Be good to your soles. As you age, the muscle tissue in your feet can thin and your nerves may not work effectively. This can lead to loss of feeling in your feet (neuropathy). Use a long-handled mirror - it will extend your reach several inches - to see what you may not feel. Examine the soles of your feet and in-between your toes every day for cuts, blisters, sores or any areas of skin breakdown from moisture. This is especially important if you have diabetes. 2. Choose the right footwear. Wearing the right footwear can help you keep your balance, prevent falls and reduce the risk of blisters and other injuries. Never purchase [...]

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Emory Pioneer Achieves Milestone for Cardiac Robotic Surgery
Jan 26, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

doug_murphyEmory Saint Joseph's Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Douglas Murphy, MD has achieved a world record after completing his 2,000th robotically assisted mitral valve surgery. Murphy is a pioneer in the field of robotics, performing the state's first robotic heart surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's in 2002. "Dr. Murphy is one of the world's most experienced and innovative robotic heart surgeons," says Robert Guyton, Distinguished Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine. "This outstanding career achievement is a reminder of all he has done to advance the field of robotics and give thousands of heart patients less invasive treatment options." Robotically-assisted heart surgery is a type of minimally invasive heart surgery performed by a cardiac surgeon using a [...]

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Primary Care Physician or Specialist? 4 Things to Consider
Jan 20, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

While a primary care physician often take the lead in preventive care and wellness, they also can treat health conditions that require ongoing maintenance.A primary care physician (PCP) can play a pivotal role in your health care, and are often the first point of contact you have with the health system. While PCPs often take the lead in preventive care and general wellness, they also can treat many health conditions that require ongoing maintenance. These may include allergies, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and mood disorders, to name a few. However, certain conditions may lead your PCP to refer you to a specialist, a physician with focused training in a specific area in the field of medicine. There are 4 reasons you may be referred to a specialist:

You have a complex ongoing condition.

Many primary care physicians are skilled at managing ongoing health conditions – often referred to as chronic conditions – including diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure (hypertension). However, some diseases need a [...]

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Top 10 Things Care Coordinators Do For You
Dec 30, 2016 By admin

Care coordinators are there to help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of health care so you can get and stay healthy, or manage chronic disease. Whether you are juggling multiple doctors' appointments or returning to daily life after a hospital admission, staying on top of your health can seem like a full-time job. That’s where care coordinators come in. Care coordinators are registered nurses, social workers, health educators and case managers who help you manage your chronic health condition and stay in touch with you after a hospital stay or doctor's appointment to ensure you have the resources you need to get and stay healthy. Emory Healthcare provides care coordination services through the Emory Coordinated Care Center and Emory Healthcare Network Care Coordination. Keep reading to learn the top 10 things care coordinators can do for you. 1. Help you set and meet healthy lifestyle goals. Care coordinators can work with you to set achievable health goals and prevent chronic disease, such as diabetes and [...]

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Takeaways from the Basics of Medicare Coverage Live Chat
Oct 26, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

medicare-250x250Now that the annual open enrollment period for 2017 Medicare coverage has begun, it’s important to know the A,B,Cs and Ds of Medicare.  We hosted an online chat on Tuesday October 18 about “Understanding the Basics of Medicare Coverage” with Chuck Chaput of MedicareCompareUSA and Gita Vatave, General Manager Emory Healthcare Network Advantage to address the basics of Medicare coverage. We received a lot of great questions from everyone that we were able to answer during the chat. All of the questions and answers can be find in the chat transcript here. We also had a couple of additional questions that we did not have time to answer during the live chat. Below are answers to those questions.   Question: How do I know which Medicare plan is best for me? Chuck Chaput: That is the best question of all. There is no one plan that is right for everyone. Some people [...]

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Emory Healthcare offers Medicare Information Helpline
Oct 3, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

medicare-250x250Medicare open enrollment for 2017 starts Oct. 15, which is just a few weeks away. This is an annual period when Medicare recipients can enroll in or change their Medicare coverage. But for many, choosing a Medicare plan is confusing.

  • Should you go with traditional Medicare?
  • Do you need a supplemental plan to cover your costs?
  • What is Medicare Advantage and how is it different from traditional Medicare?
  • What’s the difference between Medicare parts A, B, C and D?
To help our patients and their families sort through these questions, Emory Healthcare, in partnership with MedicareCompareUSA, has launched a Medicare Information Helpline. This free, unbiased resource is available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. by calling 1-(855) 256-1501. MedicareCompareUSA is an independent insurance agency. That is not affiliated with the federal Medicare [...]

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