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ATTENTION: HealthWell Foundation’s hotline will be closed on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to allow our contact center team the flexibility to safely vote. The hotline will re-open on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. We encourage you to continue to use our Patient, Pharmacy and Provider Portals during this time.  Please note: if you are contacting us about a payment or grant, it is faster to email us at grants@healthwellfoundation.org.  The HealthWell Team.

 

 

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By David Sheon  |  Oct 2, 2014

Inspiring Older Patients to Seek Online Communities: How the National Osteoporosis Foundation Engages Over 19,000 Middle-Aged and Senior Women and Men

By David Sheon   When it comes to talking about health, online communities are turning shades of gray. Websites hosting online patient communities, such as Inspire.com, are bringing seniors together on a common platform where they can learn about their condition from other patients in similar situations.  Inspire offers discussion…more.

By David Sheon  |  Sep 25, 2014

Artist Turned Health Advocate: An Interview with Regina Holliday

By David Sheon Artist Regina Holliday uses her talent to change the way health care professionals see and experience their patients.  Her innovative approach to draw attention to the needs of patients to be treated as individuals has already impressed thousands of health care practitioners.   When her husband suddenly…more.

Categories: General
By Joel L. Zive, BS, PharmD, Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy  |  Mar 21, 2014

Five Ways to Manage the Costs of Your Medicine

While a main precept of the Affordable Care Act is to expand access to health care, in some cases that improved access means more patients are being treated with medications that come with a cost. As a pharmacist, I have to be an insurance sleuth, use common sense, and teach…more.

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By Jamie Elizabeth Rosen, Editor, Real World Health Care  |  Feb 28, 2014

A Shot of Courage for Those Who Fear Needles

This is the first of a two-part series on what’s working to prevent and address needle fear. Most people don’t enjoy shots. But for those with needle phobia, the fear of shots can be so severe that they actively avoid medical procedures involving injections, and in extreme cases avoid medical…more.

By David Sheon  |  Jan 22, 2014

Should clinicians replace medication with an ancient spiritual practice?

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University sifted through over 18,000 studies on a potential treatment for pain, anxiety and depression, narrowing their meta-analysis to 47 scientifically rigorous clinical trials. The results, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed what many have experienced over thousands of years: while it’s not a…more.

Categories: General
By Linda Barlow  |  Jun 19, 2013

Does More Data = More Accurate Results?

Every year U.S. News & World Report comes out with its “Best Hospitals” rankings, and providers wear them like a badge of honor. No doubt the recognition is prestigious. But how many people know why hospitals are ranked as they are? We decided to dig a little deeper and break…more.

By Linda Barlow  |  Apr 30, 2013

It Takes a Community for Effective Disease Prevention and Management

To help stem the tide and high cost of persisting disparities in U.S. health care, providers are leveraging Community Health Workers (CHWs) as critical players in improving health outcomes by successfully linking “vulnerable” patient populations to better care. Living in the communities where they work, CHWs understand what is meaningful…more.

Categories: Access to Care
By Linda Barlow  |  Apr 25, 2013

National Patient Safety Program Cuts Bloodstream Infections to Save Lives and Money

Central-line catheters are lifesavers. They’re used in hospitals to deliver therapy where needed and when needed for patients with a wide range of conditions.  Unfortunately, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) result in thousands of deaths each year and billions of dollars in added costs to the U.S. health care system,…more.

By Linda Barlow  |  Apr 9, 2013

Hospitals, Physicians Embrace Strategies To Reduce Cost of “Frequent Flyer” ER Visits

Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C., shaved nearly $405,000 from its Emergency Room (ER) expenses over a one-year period thanks to an integrated program that its founder calls a “patient-centered medical home on steroids.” The program, Bridges to Health, helped its uninsured participants reduce their ER visits from an average…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
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