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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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smartER: A New Parents Perspective

I’m a new Dad. Nine months ago our daughter showed up and life as my wife and I knew it changed immeasurably. Doctor visits are both routine and frequent in baby’s early stages: check-ups, vaccinations, etc. These are all low…

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smartER: How long do you feel safe to wait before seeing a physician?

You probably expect a health insurance company to say people need to be selective about when they go to their local hospital’s emergency room because it is typically more expensive to be treated there. But what if you were told…

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smartER: How far would you drive to save $600?

Paul Bellau remembers well the night an overpowering, blotchy skin condition that refused to go away landed him in the emergency room. But, he remembers even better what came after. Paul, 54, who lives in Berkley, Mich., said the nagging…

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smartER: The best health care begins in the best setting

Deep cuts and noisy, shallow breathing. Fevered brows, aching ears and raw, scratchy throats. Banged-up bones and painful joints. Over the course of a lifetime, each of us makes dozens of decisions on how to handle the maladies, illnesses and…

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