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Understanding Kidney and Renal Disease

Kidney and renal disease may be often overlooked, but they can have profound effects on your life. If you suffer from these conditions, they can significantly reduce your quality of life and impact your longevity.  These diseases are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. While millions of people are diagnosed…

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4 Steps to Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes for Life

There’s a good chance that you or someone close to you suffers from type 2 diabetes. The condition is spreading rapidly across the United States. According to the most recent data, more than 37 million Americans have diabetes and type 2 diabetes covers more than 90% of these cases.  It’s a shocking number. It means…

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Hypertension: The Silent Threat You Shouldn’t Ignore

Some health conditions have distinct, obvious symptoms that make them easy to spot. But conditions that don’t have clear symptoms can sometimes be even more dangerous. That’s why we want to take time today to discuss a silent killer: hypertension, or high blood pressure. Your blood pressure needs to be more than an obligatory measurement…

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Engaging Health Plan Participants is a Key to Better Health and Lower Costs (and it’s our focus!)

Is your healthcare management program designed to be effective where it counts most? Does it target the critical element for better outcomes and sustainable change? Employers are challenged to ensure their health benefit programs are delivering on their promise of healthier, more productive employees at the lowest cost. Healthcare management programs are intended to help with…

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Diet and the Gut: Pathway to Health (or Disease)

This year, the National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that nearly 339,000 women and 2,710 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the US. For the thousands of women and men afflicted with breast cancer, and many other diseases, the key to survival may…

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Top Five Responses to Participants with Health Concerns

Continuing our Top Five series with Curally Chief Medical Officer Ernie Vesta, MD, today we review the most common responses from Curally professionals to plan participants with health concerns. Our goals in this series, as we shared previously, are to help health benefit plan leaders consider their own programs and to illuminate further how Curally…

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Top Five Most Expensive Health Problems

Continuing our Top Five series with Curally Chief Medical Officer Ernie Vesta, MD, today we review the most expensive health conditions identified by Dr. Vesta and his team in working with large group health benefit plans. Our goals, as we shared previously, are to help health benefit plan leaders consider their own plans and programs…

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Top Five Common Health Concerns

In our last post, Better Care Management: A Performance Review, we presented summaries of our recent work with two major large-group clients. The piece showed big returns (as much as 5 to 1) from effective condition management and the hard work required to help individuals improve their lives. In today’s post and two more that will…

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Better Care Management: A Performance Review

Over the past months, we used these pages to share insights on matters of interest and concern to health benefit plan leaders. We have described approaches for addressing complex, high-cost health problems, and reviewed the steps we walked with our plan participants to improve their lives and reduce their healthcare costs. We will do more…

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Looking to Provide Quality Healthcare? Attention to (Seemingly) Insignificant Details is Key

Poor quality healthcare results from mistakes, such as mistaking healthcare for a commodity. Unlike sugar, gold, and other commodities, the units in healthcare are not equivalent. Healthcare systems may be labeled similarly, and share certain characteristics, and still be significantly different. The same can be said for healthcare providers and procedures—similar in some ways, but…

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