Individuals and Families
Managing Your Health and Wellness
Think of the daily choices you make that impact your health and well-being. Your eating and exercise habits probably come to mind. You also make choices affecting your health every time you schedule a doctor’s appointment or bring medication home from the pharmacy. At some point you may need to decide which hospital to go to for surgery or maternal care. Take advantage of our resources to make good decisions leading to better health and safer care.
QualityPath identifies hospitals and doctors that – when working together – are at or above national standards for delivering quality care.
Four Things to Know about The Alliance
New to The Alliance? Learn how The Alliance helps you save money on your out-of-pocket costs.
Consumer Reports Flyer on Back Pain
Does your lower back hurt? You probably don’t need an MRI, CT scan, or X-ray.
Read the Consumer Reports flyer.
How to Switch Doctors
Choosing doctors or health systems can feel like a touchy subject. But it shouldn’t be. Finding the right doctor or health system can make a big difference in your care. Read more.
Healthy Living Discounts
The Alliance offers discounts at a number of fitness centers. Learn more and get the list.
Articles by The Commonwealth Fund
Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense, The Commonwealth Fund, June 2013.
“The evidence shows that good access to primary care can help us live longer, feel better, and avoid disability and long absences from work.”
“Another big plus: health care costs are lower when people have a primary care provider overseeing their care and coordinating all the tests, procedures, and follow-up care.”
Read about bundled payments and accountable care organizations in Better Care at Lower Cost: Is It Possible?, The Commonwealth Fund, November 2013.
“To get to a health care system that’s affordable yet provides high quality, we need to tackle the issues that have made things so expensive in the first place.”
News For Individuals and Families
The recent terminal illness and death of a friend has me thinking about the encounters most of us will have with the health care system at the end of life.
“Having access to your medical visit notes is the most important piece of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). And it is often the most overlooked piece,” said Dr. Catherine DesRoches, executive director of OpenNotes®, which helps patients gain electronic access to their own medical records.
“Studies show that when patients understand actual risks and benefits of treatment, overtreatment and costs are reduced while patient satisfaction is increased,” said Dr. Andy Lazris, a board certified physician in Internal Medicine.
Some critics of the OpenNotes® movement feel that reading doctors’ full notes about health care encounters could be TMI (Too Much Information). But OpenNotes is gradually silencing its critics by proving that offering more information is a positive way to get patients involved in their care.
The Alliance’s BabyLove program is one way to help employees and their family members keep their babies healthy and loved from the very beginning.
Consumers of The Alliance’s Find a Doctor website have sent us excellent feedback through our Tell Us Your Story campaign.