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New CDC Guidelines for Opioid Use — May 2016

New CDC Guidelines for Opioid Use — May 2016

Safe Use Saves Lives and Reduces Complications Opioids, or narcotic medications, are powerful pain killers. They can be an appropriate and effective part of managing pain, but the overuse and misuse of these prescription drugs has become a public health crisis. Since 1999, the use of opioids has quadrupled and more than 165,000 people have… Continue Reading

HCMS Group Introduces Waste-Reducing Healthcare Reform Solution

CHEYENNE, Wyo., April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — HCMS Group has introduced a new healthcare reform solution for employers and healthcare providers that is designed to address one of the biggest contributors to soaring medical costs: over-treatment by the health industry and risky over-consumption by patients. Part of the problem with healthcare waste – over-treatment and over-utilization… Continue Reading

Telehealth: Remote Healthcare — April 2016

Telehealth: Remote Healthcare — April 2016

Transforming Modern Medical Care While healthcare has traditionally been delivered in a doctor’s office, hospital or outpatient clinic, technology continues to transform modern medical care. Telehealth is a broad term to describe remote healthcare services using video-conferencing equipment, mobile devices, internet access, remote monitoring devices and other tools. Telehealth promises to increase the contact between… Continue Reading

Behind the Surge in Healthcare Cost: Healthcare Waste, by the Numbers

Behind the Surge in Healthcare Cost: Healthcare Waste, by the Numbers

  There’s an elephant in the healthcare cost room that nobody wants to talk about. It’s healthcare waste, and it adds up to almost $1 trillion. Researchers including the government’s own Institute of Medicine have found that 30% of the nation’s $3.2 trillion in annual healthcare spending is wasted.  According to research conducted by HCMS… Continue Reading

The Shingles Vaccine: Your Risk for Shingles As You Age — March 2016

The Shingles Vaccine: Your Risk for Shingles As You Age — March 2016

Shingles is a viral infection caused by varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox can get shingles since the virus stays inactive in the body’s nerve tissue and can re-emerge later. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 1 million Americans get shingles each year,… Continue Reading

Screening for Cancer. Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening — February 2016

Screening for Cancer. Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening — February 2016

Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there will be nearly 1.7 million new cancer diagnoses, and nearly 600,000 cancer deaths, in 2016. While there are several risk factors for cancer you can’t control (gender, race, age, family history), there are lifestyle actions that have been associated with the prevention of… Continue Reading

Know Your Out-of-Pocket Costs — January 2016

Know Your Out-of-Pocket Costs — January 2016

Know Your Out-of-Pocket Costs With Your High-Deductible Health Plan. A growing number of people are covered by high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). As the name implies, these plans have higher deductibles than traditional insurance plans in exchange for lower monthly premiums. HDHPs are designed to make health insurance more affordable and to provide for coverage for… Continue Reading

The Problem With Antibiotics — December 2015

The Problem With Antibiotics — December 2015

Too Much of a Good Thing Puts Us at Risk When penicillin, the first antibiotic, was introduced in the 1940s, it began an important era of treating bacterial infections, preventing the spread of illness and reducing serious complications. Penicillin and the many other antibiotics that have been developed since have played a very important public… Continue Reading

Special Edition: All About Health Scores — November 2015

Special Edition: All About Health Scores — November 2015

Your KnovaSolutions Health Score What it is and how you can use it. We’re all defined by numbers. Social Security number, age, height, weight, bank account, credit score. As a KnovaSolutions member, you also have a health score. What’s that good for? Well, just as you can clean up your credit score to improve your… Continue Reading

Living With Chronic Pain: A Focus on Inflammatory and Compressive Pain — November 2015

Living With Chronic Pain: A Focus on Inflammatory and Compressive Pain — November 2015

Chronic Pain Series This is the last in a three-part series on chronic pain. Click here to see the first part, Chronic Pain: An Overview.  Click here for part two, Two Types of Chronic Pain: Neuropathic and Musculoskeletal Examined.   Millions grapple with chronic pain every day. While everyone’s pain is unique, chronic pain sufferers… Continue Reading