Should I get the pneumonia vaccine?

By: Kelly Hersh, N.P. Give if your best shot We are now officially into cold and flu season, and many of us will be getting the flu vaccine at a flu clinic, pharmacy or doctor’s office. While this recommendation to get a booster vaccine yearly is pretty straight forward, many people are confused about the… Read more »

How do I Select a Doctor?

If you have health insurance, hopefully you better understand it as a result of the other installments in our Understanding Your Insurance Series. We now want to take a look at what you need to do to find your doctor if you don’t already have one. How do you go about doing that? We will… Read more »

What’s New with the Flu Shot for the 2017-2018 Season?

By: Katherine Tsai, MD and Lacey Sanchez, NP-C Even though seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected all year long in the United States, they are most common during the fall and winter. The height of the flu season is October through March. Now is the time to receive your Flu shot before the end… Read more »

2 Things to Know when Changing Health Insurance Plans

Time for another installment from our Understanding your Insurance series! As we gear up for Open Enrollment, we thought it might be good to know what to consider when changing health insurance plans or carriers. Can you afford your new deductible? When reviewing plan options, it may be enticing to go for a plan with a… Read more »

Specialists & Referrals: When do I need them?

Now that we’ve covered the basics of health insurance in our eight prior installments of our Understanding Your Insurance Series, we thought it might be time to dig a little deeper. What is a specialist, and why would I need to see one as opposed to my regular doctor? To understand what a specialist is,… Read more »

Epinephrine Injector Breakdown

By: Andrea Jones, MD Epi 101 Epinephrine is the emergency treatment for anaphylaxis, and is available as an on-hand injector for patients with the potential for severe allergic reactions. Recently, new epinephrine injectors have become available for patients. At Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers, we know there is value in having choices and we want… Read more »

Top 5 Health Insurance Myths

Continuing our Understanding Your Insurance series, we thought it might be time to debunk some common healthcare myths. Myth 1: I’m young and healthy, why would I need health insurance? Fact: Oh how we all wish this was true, but alas, it is not. No one is immune to accidents or unexpected diagnoses or conditions…. Read more »

Penicillin Allergy? Check Again.

By: Kelly M. Hersh, NP Penicillin Allergy Double Check Are you an adult who has been told to avoid penicillin due to an allergic reaction in childhood? Are you unclear if your child should avoid penicillin because he or she developed a rash the last time they took it? Do you have multiple antibiotic allergies and… Read more »

Should I go to the ER or Urgent Care?

As we’ve discussed in our six prior Understanding Your Insurance installments, a lot of staying on top of your healthcare is educating yourself on your plan. Also, making proper decisions about which providers to seek for your care is key. But what happens in the event of an emergency? There may not be time for… Read more »

Sunscreen–6 Things You Need to Know

By: Kelley Conkling, PA-C Most people under-apply sunscreen! An average adult should use 1 ounce of sunscreen spread over entire body per application which equates to about a shot glass full. You must reapply frequently! Reapplication is recommended at least every 2 hours or immediately after swimming. The best protection is avoidance of prolonged UV… Read more »