Take control of your health!
Did you know that medical errors are the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer? We want to empower you to become a smarter healthcare consumer. Our Know Your Health campaign will provide you with resources to help you and your family talk with your doctors about choosing the healthcare you need, what you may not need, the best place to receive care and how to save money with your benefits.
Why wait until you're sick to use your benefits? As a ParTNers for Health member, you won't pay anything for eligible preventive care. It's covered 100% as long as you use an in-network provider. Preventive care includes health services like adult and children's physicals, health screenings and patient counseling. These services are used to prevent illnesses, disease, and other health problems or to detect illness before a health crisis.
Whether you simply want to know about the hospitals in your area, or you need to choose a hospital for surgery or another procedure, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade should be your first stop for finding the best hospital for you and your family. Learn more here. How safe is your hospital? Read this flier to see.
When does it make sense to compare hospitals?
If you are pregnant, find out how your hospital does on maternity care metrics like C-sections and managing high-risk deliveries.
If you're concerned about a seriously ill family member, look at ICU staffing protocols and how the hospital prevents injuries and keeps patients safe from harm.
If you or a family member needs surgery, see how your hospital compares on serious infection rates such as C. difficile and MRSA.
Medication errors are the most common mistakes in hospitals. See which hospitals have computerized physician order entry and bar code medication administration which are proven ways of significantly reducing medication errors.
Where to go for healthcare when you need it
It's the weekend. Your child gets a fever. Or, you twist your ankle while jogging. You think you need care, but where should you go?
- Should you wait until Monday to see your regular doctor?
- Should you go to a retail clinic like those found in drugstores, grocery stores and big box stores?
- Go to the urgent-care center?
- Or, shoiuld you go to the emergency room?
Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right place to go at the right time.
How to talk to your doctor
Building good relationships with your providers is critical in making sure you get the care you need. Learn how to ask the right questions and maximize the time you have with your provider. Click here for tips you can use at your next medical appointment.
9 steps to help you find the right doctor
Choosing a primary care doctor is one of the most important health decisions you'll make. There are strategies and resources that can help you find a new doctor or check up on the one you already have. Click here to find out what to focus on in your search.
When you need opioids - and when you don't
Opioids can be very addictive. Up to 1 in 4 people who take opioids long-term become addicted. Worst of all, every day, 46 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Opioids can help if you have bad short-term pain - like pain after surgery. They can also help manage pain if you have an illness like cancer. However, these strong drugs are usually not the best way to treat chronic pain, such as arthritis, lower back pain or frequent headaches. Before getting opioids for these problems, you should discuss other options with your doctor. Click here to learn more.