Vital Signs™ Blog

  • One-Third of Adults Have High Blood Pressure: Do You?

    June 22, 2017

    High blood pressure, called hypertension, has become increasingly common—affecting about 85 million Americans. And it’s a dangerous condition, even more so because it’s often symptomless. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the vessels as it flows throughout the body. If it’s consistently too high, it can damage them and the circulatory system as a whole. Called the “silent killer,” it leads to strokes, vision loss, heart attacks, heart failure or kidney disease if it’s not managed well.
    Understanding blood pressure readings
    The only way to kno

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  • Best Doctors Corrected Ashifa’s Cancer Misdiagnosis

    June 13, 2017

    Getting a cancer diagnosis can be one the scariest moments in your life—whether it’s you, a family member or a friend who hears those words. Intense cancer treatments can have detrimental side effects, such as hair loss, infections, nausea and vomiting, kidney problems, fertility issues and so much more, but they’re worth it to beat cancer.

    But what happens when that cancer is misdiagnosed?

    “Often it takes a fair amount of experience, as well as technology, to make the precise diagnosis,” said Dr. Leonard Zwelling of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in an interv

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  • Health Care Execs See How Best Doctors is Solving Complex Cases

    June 8, 2017

    On May 24 and 25, 2017, Best Doctors held its first Executive Summit for Payers and Providers, Solving the Unsolvable: Innovations in Cost Containment for High-Impact Cases. This Summit, hosted by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, gathered thought leaders in the health care industry to find solutions to one of health care’s most challenging issues: critical, complex and high-cost cases. Download the slides from one of our sessions, “Decreasing Cost and Improving Quality of Care in Highly Complex Cases.”

    The first night offered a chance for networking at the Sagamore Pendry, a n

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  • Is Diabetes the Third-Leading Cause of Death?

    May 25, 2017

    The Centers for Disease Control lists diabetes as the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. at 76,488 people per year. However, a new study done by researchers at Boston University School of Public Health found that almost four times as many Americans die of diabetes than as reported on death certificates. Without clear guidelines for which conditions to cite as the cause of death and with the U.S.’s fragmented health care system, it can be hard for current treating physicians to know all of the relevant information about a patient to make that decision.

    “We argue dia

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  • Client Success Story: A Financial Services Firm

    May 18, 2017

    Learn how one of our clients used Best Doctors to improve outcomes, raise employee satisfaction and positively impact its bottom line.

    With misdiagnosis rates being so high – everyone will likely experience at least one medical error, according to the National Academy of Medicine – a large financial services firm knew it could save money and increase productivity by introducing an expert second opinion program. However, the client’s main goal was to do right by its employees and ensure diagnostic accuracy, so they chose Best Doctors.

    Best Doctors offers a wide array of s

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  • AHIP Calls for Affordable Drugs

    May 11, 2017

    It’s no surprise that health care premiums have been rising steadily for years. For an average family, the annual premium has reached $18,142, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A big part of the rise in premiums is due to specialty drug costs. Medications account for more than 22 percent of every premium dollar, outpacing physician, inpatient and outpatient services.
    Growth of specialty pharma
    Specialty drugs have been taking the market by storm since their introduction in the early 1990s. One of the first specialty pharmaceutical companies, Stadtla

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  • Getting to the Right Diagnosis Starts with the Right Doctor

    May 4, 2017

    There are many barriers to diagnostic accuracy, like time pressures on physicians, availability of specialists and fragmented care. That’s why it’s crucial for patients to find the doctor who is right for them and their condition. Some of the characteristics often shared by best physicians are:

    Board-certified and up-to-date on the latest medical research.
    Published in prominent medical journals.
    Affiliated with centers of excellence in the medical world.
    Recognized by other physicians for their expertise in a specialty.
    Open to partnering with o

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  • A Second Opinion Could Save Your Life

    April 27, 2017

    A new study done by the  Mayo Clinic has found nearly 9 out of 10 patients seeking a second opinion at Mayo go home with a different diagnosis—completely changing treatment plans and prognoses for some patients.

    The study, led by researcher James Naessens, Sc. D. and team, analyzed the records of 286 patients who went to the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. They found the Mayo Clinic doctors gave 21 percent of patients an entirely different diagnosis, and another 66 percent of patients had their diagnoses refined.

    This study isn’t the first of its kind to bring attentio

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  • Member Experience: Sometimes Surgery Isn’t the Right Answer

    April 20, 2017

    This is the latest in our series of members stories featuring real-life experiences of members who turned to Best Doctors to ensure they had the right diagnosis and treatment. Best Doctors stopped Jack from undergoing an high-risk, unnecessary surgery.

    Bonnie’s dad, Jack, needed a heart valve replacement. However, he had a stroke due to a previous angiogram. Jack’s cardiologist said he would need to open a blockage in one of the carotid arteries before he would perform the heart valve replacement. However, Bonnie, her brothers and even most of Jack’s other doctors thought tw

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  • National Employee Benefits Day

    April 3, 2017

    National Employee Benefits Day:
    Benefits Communication
    Today is the 13th annual National Employee Benefits Day as established by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. This year’s observance has a specific focus on benefits communication. Keeping your audience engaged is quite a challenge, but when done right, extremely effective and worth the effort. Best Doctors thoughtfully collaborates with its clients and engages its members with ongoing strategic communications, both physical and digital. This allows us to drive engagement and in turn, keep a larger perc

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