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Preventing the Next Stroke

Jeanette was 46 when she was permanently disabled by a stroke. While blow drying her hair, she suddenly developed weakness in the left side of her face, arm and leg. Six weeks later, Jeanette was still unable to use or…

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SmartER: How Overcrowded Are Our Emergency Rooms?

How many people surrounded you the last time you visited the ER?  Between 1995 and 2010, annual ER visits in the U.S. grew by 34 percent, while the number of hospitals with ERs declined by 11 percent. Emergency medical care is…

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SmartER: Where and when to go?

The difference between a trip to a primary care physician or an urgent care center and the emergency room is an important one to understand. Primary care doctors are individuals who have known their patients for a long time and have a good idea…

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SmartER: Be ready for the next time an injury or illness strikes

As you may know by now, a large part of smartER is learning the where of health care. But, there’s more to it than just that. Chances are you’ve been in a situation where you or a family member got…

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Blue Care Network now offering free, 24-hour Nurse Advice Line to members

It was summer and he was washing my car in the driveway. A relatively healthy guy, my husband has no chronic health problems, exercises regularly, watches what he eats and has an enviable BMI. So when he came into the…

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Are we talking about the same ICE pack?

Every home should have an ICE pack. It’s best served in a laundry room or by the front door in a dry, easily accessible area. Probably not the ice pack you’re thinking of then, right? That’s because this ICE pack…

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Making good use of an urgent care center is part of practicing smartER

When you have a primary care physician, you’ve taken the biggest step in making sure you receive the best care when sudden illness or injury strikes. So, what’s the next most important step, one that can give you and your…

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smartER: Are you providing yourself with fractured care?

If you’ve been following smartER in this space … and you should be … you know that we place finding a primary care physician above all other suggestions on preparing for illness and injury. But, don’t just take our word…

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smartER: The primary care perspective on patient education

Roughly 70% of all ER visits are cases where the patient could have been treated in a primary care practice (PCP) or an urgent care facility more quickly, efficiently and cost effectively. In these instances, the quality of care can drop because…

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