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 »

5 Ways to Lower your Healthcare Costs

Healthcare is overwhelming. And while we’ve attempted to break down the complexities for you in our 5 prior Understanding Your Insurance installments, it’s now time to cut to the chase around reducing costs. Here we provide 5 things you can do to lower you overall healthcare costs. Preventative Screenings One of the best ways to… Read more »

Food Allergy Awareness Week 2017

As Food Allergy & Awareness Week draws to a close, we wanted to share this wonderful infographic from FARE (Food Allergy Awareness & Education). Happy reading!  

HSAs vs HRAs vs FSAs

Continuing our Understanding Your Insurance series with a breakdown of HSAs, HRAs and FSAs. Our clinics receive many questions around these accounts. While we generally like to break down this crazy insurance stuff ourselves, we came across a tool published by United Healthcare that does a great job of explaining and comparing these accounts. (While we accept… Read more »