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2019 Healthcare Trends that Could Impact Patients in Connecticut

2019 Healthcare Trends that Could Impact Patients in Connecticut

Experts point out that the U.S. healthcare system is moving toward a financial model that is based on value rather than volume. Whereas historically each patient visit to a doctor’s office or emergency room was seen as a revenue opportunity, healthcare systems are now more focused on keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. We can expect this evolution in healthcare to improve the patient experience and help strengthen customer loyalty, build reputation and brand, and even improve the overall health of our communities. And for patients, remaining healthy means spending less money on healthcare, using less time to receive care, and encountering less inconvenience.

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What Causes Thyroid Problems and How are They Diagnosed?

2019 Healthcare Trends that Could Impact Patients in Connecticut

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month, but patients often do not naturally give a lot of attention to this important gland. Your thyroid sits at the front of your trachea, or windpipe, in your neck and while it’s a small gland, it has several crucial functions concerning your metabolism and it helps regulate other body functions by constantly releasing a steady amount of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream.

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Seasonal Depression Disorder: How to Know if You Have More Than the Winter Blues

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Seasonal depression disorder is perhaps better known as seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, an appropriate acronym). Over 16 million Americans suffer from SAD each year. As the American Psychiatric Association explains, the symptoms of SAD are similar to depression but are brought on in the US by the low light levels present during winter.

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Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Recognizing Flu Symptoms in Adults and When to See the Doctor

Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Recognizing Flu Symptoms in Adults and When to See the Doctor

Tis the season – unfortunately we’re talking flu season- where you start to wonder if what you’re feeling is more than just the common cold. With December 2 – 8  marking National Influenza Vaccination Week, it’s a timely step to receive your  flu vaccine (if you haven’t already) and to better understand the flu symptoms in adults so that if you do get sick this winter, you can tell if you have the flu or have contracted a common cold.

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American Diabetes Month: Knowing the Symptoms of Diabetes Can Help You Avoid Complications

American Diabetes Month: Knowing the Symptoms of Diabetes Can Help You Avoid Complications

November is National Diabetes Month which makes it an opportune time to provide education on the basic facts about this disease. Diabetes mellitus is typically a chronic condition but can be effectively managed when caught early. However, when left untreated it can have potentially devastating effects and lead to potential complications that include heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and nerve damage.

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From Pediatrician to Family Practice Doctor – Choosing the Right Time to Make the Move

From Pediatrician to Family Practice Doctor - Choosing the Right Time to Make the Move

Pediatricians are children’s medicine specialists, treating kids at all stages of life, from newborns to adolescents. Your pediatrician may even develop into a trusted family friend, having helped your child through common childhood illnesses, injuries from school sports, and even the awkwardness of puberty. Parents tend to select their children’s pediatrician carefully, so it can be a bit nerve-wracking when you feel it may be time to move on to a primary care physician that treats older children and adults.

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Well Woman Care: Family Practitioner or OB-GYN?

Well Woman Care: Family Practitioner or OB-GYN?

In many cases, both a family medical doctor and a gynecologist can provide the well woman care you need, including annual pelvic exams, breast examinations, Pap smears, and mammogram scheduling. With both healthcare providers available to you, how do you decide who to visit for your women’s health maintenance? We will examine this question in detail below and provide guidance.

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Are Family Doctors a Thing of the Past? 4 Benefits of Seeing a Family Doctor

Are Family Doctors a Thing of the Past? 4 Benefits of Seeing a Family Doctor

While the days of house calls in horse-drawn carriages and baby deliveries by lamplight are gone, modern family doctors still offer some of the same traditional healthcare benefits, specifically, their ability to provide healthcare for the entire family – from children to seniors. It is not at all uncommon for a family physician to treat several generations of the same family,  although they can also serve as a primary care physician for an individual. Whether you are single, a new couple or have a large family, a family doctor is there to safeguard the long-term health of you and your family as well as support your medical needs if any health issues arise. Although patients are not required to have a family medicine specialist who they regularly see, a family doctor can provide convenience and simply make it easier to stay healthy.

Here is a look at some specific benefits of seeing a family doctor:

1. Convenient Initial Point of Care

If you’re shopping for groceries, it can be inconvenient and time-consuming to visit half a dozen separate specialty stores, traveling to a produce market, butcher’s shop, bakery, etc. Why not just visit a supermarket instead? This same concept holds true for family medicine. A family doctor is your one-stop shop for general medical problems and health maintenance, typically including:

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How to Find a Connecticut Primary Care Physician That’s Right for You

How to Find a Connecticut Primary Care Physician That’s Right for You

If you’re new to the Connecticut area or have found yourself in need of a new primary care physician, finding the right healthcare provider can be confusing, difficult and even a daunting task. Your primary care physician (PCP) will be your principal healthcare provider for years to come so taking some time to evaluate the choices is worthwhile, although not always straightforward.

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Internal Medicine vs Family Practice Specialists: Understanding the Differences…and which one is right for you?

Internal Medicine vs Family Practice Specialists: Understanding the Differences…and which one is right for you?

When looking for a primary care physician (PCP), we are often asked about the difference between family practices and internal medicine physicians. As a patient, it is always important to know these distinctions as they can help you make the right decision for you and potentially your family’s care. While these disciplines have much in common, there is some crucial divergence when it comes to patient population, setting and scope of practice that can impact your provider selection.

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