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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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What is a Patient Centered Medical Home?
Sep 20, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Experts at Emory Healthcare break down the concept of a Patient Centered Medical Home – and explain why patients benefit.In this era of health care reform, as the topics of health care access and affordability frequently make headlines, it’s possible you’ve heard the term “patient centered medical home.” If so, you likely brushed it off as another example of medical jargon that is not relevant to you. But believe it or not, the concept of a patient centered medical home, or PCMH, is quickly becoming more mainstream – and may eventually become the standard of care in your own doctor’s office. In primary care clinics across the country, doctors and other medical professionals are adopting PCMH principles. Let’s explore how their efforts to implement this model of care make the health care experience more meaningful to patients.

Less About a Physical Place, More About a Philosophy

First, let’s break down the name patient centered medical home:
  • Despite what the phrase may

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Five Myths about Pain
Sep 16, 2016 By Gretchen Crosby, associate clinical administrator, Department of Anesthesiology

5-pain-myths-250x250September is Pain Awareness Month, and Emory Pain Center is raising awareness around the issues of pain and pain management. Did you know that nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain where chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months? That’s more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined! Living with pain can be debilitating and adversely affect everyday life. Understanding more about the underlying cause of pain can help improve treatment and alleviate suffering. The Emory Pain Center wants to debunk the five most common myths about pain in order to help you get back to living actively again.

Myth 1: I have to live with the pain.

Many people feel that they have to live with pain even when no cause for their pain is found. The lack of a reason why you have pain does not mean your pain is any less real; instead, this pain [...]

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Understanding the Basics of Medicare Coverage Live Chat- October 18
Sep 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

medicare-emailJoin us Tuesday October 18 at 12 p.m. EST for an online chat on “Understanding the Basics of Medicare Coverage” with Chuck Chaput of MedicareCompareUSA and Gita Vatave, General Manager Emory Healthcare Network Advantage.  With the annual open enrollment period for 2017 Medicare coverage opening  in a few weeks (Oct. 15), it’s important to know the A,B,Cs and Ds of Medicare. Topics we’ll cover will include:

  • Overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D
  • Explaining Medicare Advantage
  • Differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage
  • Turning 65 and applying for Medicare
  • How Medicare works if you’re turning 65 but don’t plan to retire
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get real time answers to general Medicare questions.* *Please note: In this venue, we will not be answering specific questions about benefits of a particular [...]

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Aging Parents and Multiple Health Problems - Live Chat Takeaways
Aug 11, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

aging-parents-emailAs we age, the likelihood of developing multiple ongoing conditions increases. These problems can include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, to name a few. On Tuesday, August 2nd many joined Anthony Nguyen, MD, Emory Healthcare Regional Medical Officer for the Emory Coordinated Care Centers, part of the Emory Healthcare Network Advantage program, to learn more about care coordination for aging adults, health management and how caregivers – and patients themselves- can  best communicate with their doctors. Thanks to such a great turnout, we were able to answer quite a few questions that were submitted both prior to and during the chat. Below are some highlights from the live chat. View the full chat transcript here.   Question: Are there doctors in the metro area who offer [...]

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Emory Healthcare is top ranked in Georgia and in Atlanta
Aug 2, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

rankings-1200x1200As Atlanta’s only comprehensive academic health system, Emory Healthcare received the highest quality rankings in the city and state. We are honored to have received recognition from U.S. News & World Report, Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctors Issue, UHC Quality Leadership Awards, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Hospitals & Health Networks “Most Wired,” and more. These achievements are a result of the hard work and dedication of Emory physicians, nurses, staff and the leadership team.

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has announced its 2016-17 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals and once again, our hospitals have placed among the best.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Emory University Hospital has been named the #1 hospital in metro Atlanta and #1 in Georgia.
  • Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked #2 in metro Atlanta and #2 in Georgia.
  • Emory

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Aging Parents and Multiple Health Problems - What Adult Children Can Do to Help
Jul 7, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

aging-parents-emailAs we age, the likelihood of developing multiple ongoing conditions increases. These problems can include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, to name a few. Multiple medical conditions also means multiple prescriptions, therapies and physicians, all of which can become confusing. Sometimes, they might seem at cross purposes as well. Join us July 27, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. to chat online with Anthony Nguyen, MD, Emory Healthcare Regional Medical Officer for the Emory Coordinated Care Centers, part of the Emory Healthcare Network Advantage program. Dr. Nguyen works with Emory primary care physicians and Coordinated Care Center staff to deliver continuous coordinated care to older patients. He will discuss how caregivers – and patients themselves- can communicate with their doctors to [...]

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Art program helps Winship patients heal at Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Jun 28, 2016 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

slide1The healing arts program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University at Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) is helping patients in their fight against cancer. Oncology patients are painting canvases to pass the time creatively during their infusion treatments. Joseph Pollage says he’s received cancer care at Winship at EJCH for four months. Pollage says he enjoys the therapeutic art program and believes it can help patients.  "It distracts you so you don’t sit here and think about what’s happening, during your treatment," Pollage says. The nurse manager for Winship at EJCH, Nicole Bansavage, RN, says she’s seen first-hand the positive impact on patients.  "Most patients have never painted before and they’re surprised and proud by the quality of art work they produce," Bansavage says. Pollage says it’s not just the painting he enjoys, but the type of [...]

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Congratulations to Emory’s 2016 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 23, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Top Doctors 2016As our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more Top Doctors. Atlanta magazine’s 2016 July issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are proud to announce that of all the health systems represented in the list, Emory physicians make up the majority – 51% to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and 200 provider locations as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. We honor, celebrate and thank all of our physicians—and the care teams that support them—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each and every day. Congratulations to you all! And with our continuing expanded [...]

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Create a Personal Fundraising Page
Jun 22, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Personal Giving Page ImageYour support is vital to everything that we do here at Emory. That’s why Emory Healthcare is excited to announce the inception of Personal Giving Pages. Personal Giving Pages are a fun and easy way to support Emory’s groundbreaking research, patient care, and professional education. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to create your own Personal Giving Page. After you’ve created your page, you’ll be able to invite family and friends to join you in supporting Emory Healthcare. We’ve already created special fundraising messages for birthdays, in honor or memorial of someone special, holidays, or any day that may be important to you. Personal Giving Pages are a great way to both promote good health and help others get involved in the effort to put an end to serious diseases. These pages are a fun and easy way to do just that. With your support and the support of [...]

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