Changing How You Think May Change How You Feel

AfAm woman on phone in officeMaybe this question has been on your mind: Can my mental state affect my physical health?

Doctors have suspected for centuries that there is a powerful tie between mind and body, and modern medical studies prove them right. Researchers now know that unhealthy levels of stress, depression and anxiety can wreak havoc with your hormones, immune system, heart health and blood pressure. Continue reading

Revised Prior Authorization Requirements

For Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, Inc. Commercial Members

At Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, Inc. (Health Net), we regularly review the Prior Authorization List (PAL) to ensure our members receive safe and appropriate medical care. As a valued employer group with Health Net, we want you to be aware of PAL changes that may affect your client’s health care coverage.

Effective January 1, 2015, we have revised our commercial [EPO, Point of Service (POS), CommunityCare, and PPO] PAL requirements. Significant changes to the list are indicated below. For a complete copy of the PAL requirements, please log in to our website at, click on Preauthorizations under My Coverage > Prior Authorization List, or call

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Facts & Myths About Physical Therapy

physical therapistEvery year, some nine-million adult Americans use physical therapy services. Even so, many people are unfamiliar with physical therapy or have misperceptions about what physical therapy is. That’s why the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) had October designated National Physical Therapy Month. Continue reading

Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer

SAF 0324_CMYKOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to proactively take steps to reduce the risk of developing this disease. Considering the fact that breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women – and that about one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetimes – this is not an issue to be taken lightly. Continue reading

Drop, Cover and Hold On: the Great ShakeOut

ShakeOut_Global_GetReady_300x250On this Thursday, October 16, at 10:16 a.m., millions of people nationwide as well as around the world, are going to practice how to drop, cover, and hold on as part of an event dubbed the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. Continue reading

How to Tame a Backache

SAF 0158_CMYKWe’ve all heard the proverb, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” This timeworn phrase, however, would be more accurate – at least from a medical perspective – if it read: Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and back pain.


That’s because, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 75% to 85% of Americans will experience back pain – specifically lower back pain – at some point in their lives. Continue reading