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Reducing Stroke and Heart Disease Risks Through Updated Dietary Best Practices

Reducing Stroke and Heart Disease Risks Through Updated Dietary Best Practices

Following our first May blog, and in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, our clinical team asked us to compile some information here about dietary best practices to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Health Highlight of The Month - Stroke and Heart Attack: Real Threats Impacting Younger Adults

Health Highlight of The Month -  Stroke and Heart Attack: Real Threats Impacting Younger Adults

In honor of May being National Stroke Awareness Month, we wanted to spread stroke awareness and promote prevention by sharing the article, "Stroke and Heart Attack: Real Threats Impacting Younger Adults" by Ellen Hosafros, Director of Corporate Communications for Corporate Synergies Group. This is a topic that's personally important to the APH team as well as our client base and their members, so we appreciate Corporate Synergies Group sharing this content.

APH Counterpoints to Recent Workplace Wellness Study Findings

APH Counterpoints to Recent Workplace Wellness Study Findings

As our leadership team read the recent uChicago News article titled “Workplace wellness programs fail to improve health, study finds,” we felt compelled to share our counterpoints based on decades of experience supporting wellness and well-being programs that do drive quantifiable and significant results.

There are so many definitions of "workplace wellness" that we hope people won't over-generalize after seeing this article and study. Our clients are experiencing strong, measurable health and wellness program results due to analytics-driven proactive outreach and support.

Health Highlight of The Month – Parkinson's Disease

Health Highlight of The Month – Parkinson's Disease

Tony Guevara, Advanced Plan for Health Marketing

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, and April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day. In honor of this, we wanted to spread awareness of the diseases’ prevalence and information relative to best management practices.

OTC Meds, Herbal & Dietary Supplements: Convenient – Yes. Harmless – Not Necessarily.

OTC Meds, Herbal & Dietary Supplements: Convenient – Yes. Harmless – Not Necessarily.

Since our clients are facing risks and high costs associated with liver injury and chronic kidney disease, we wanted to compile some information pertaining to the impact of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) in these areas. We believe this information will help drive a more proactive approach that better educates and protects employees, members and patients from these often devastating and potentially costly conditions. Particularly when these OTC medications or supplements are mixed with prescriptive drugs, contraindicated in certain health conditions, known to adversely injure certain organs when taken in quantity over time, or combined with foods or drinks that potentiate their effect.

Health Highlight of The Month - Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis

Health Highlight of The Month - Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis

In observance of National Kidney Month, this month’s health highlight is on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Dialysis awareness and prevention.

Kidney failure and life-saving dialysis are both a catastrophic health plan expense and life-changing experience that impact health payors and lives alike. 

Is Wellness Outreach with Blinders on Really Still Happening?

Is Wellness Outreach with Blinders on Really Still Happening?

Yvonne Daugherty, VP of Development, Advanced Plan for Health

So many health and wellness-related programs today are pinpointing one area of disease, such as diabetes, and providing advice and support for just that one area without taking into effect a holistic picture of the person receiving support. Programs are not as effective this way, and often the members are just ‘checking the box’ in taking their health plan’s calls and texts in order to get the promised rewards.

The Importance of Identifying and Supporting Newly Diagnosed Individuals

The Importance of Identifying and Supporting Newly Diagnosed Individuals

For proactive education and support, it has been proven effective to reach out to individuals newly diagnosed with chronic conditions in a timely manner. It’s important to ensure they understand their diagnosis, and what their responsibilities are in light of the "new news". It’s important to not assume that the members’ primary care doctors covered their new diagnoses and treatment plan as thoroughly as was needed. Even if they did, people often don’t remember everything they hear while sitting in their doctor’s exam room.

Understanding and Encouraging Hospice Benefits

Understanding and Encouraging Hospice Benefits

Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, MSN, CCM - Vice President, Clinical Operations, Advanced Plan for Health.

This is an important topic our clients are seeking information on, so we wanted to share more details here. Health systems can save money and human misery when they better understand end-of life care options.

Palliative care and hospice are different. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute on Aging (NIA) shares some valuable clarification and information. While both include a multidisciplinary approach to relieving symptoms and providing comfort, palliative care may also include curative treatment, whereas hospice does not. Palliative care can be a good segue to hospice. To qualify for hospice care, providers must believe that, assuming a normal course of illness, an individual has six months or less to live. However, estimating remaining life is difficult, and improvements in care through hospice may extend life, while definitely enhancing access to necessary healthcare and comfort measures.

Millennials: Who Needs Primary Care Physicians? Give Us On-demand Healthcare

Millennials: Who Needs Primary Care Physicians? Give Us On-demand Healthcare

We'd like to extend a big thank you to our guest blog contributor - John Milne, Benefits Consultant, Corporate Synergies®

Millennials, and Generation Z behind them, are changing the way they access healthcare. In fact, 45% of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don’t have a primary care physician.1 Instead, they’re opting for on-demand healthcare.

Traditionally, individuals and families see primary care physicians several times a year and build relationships with their doctors over time. Visiting the same primary care physician when an illness strikes, or for an annual health & wellness checkup, can help the doctor notice changes in a patient’s health and catch issues before they become more serious (and costly).

But for Millennials, having a primary care physician isn’t necessarily a priority.