Try Health Net’s Hospital Advisor Tool

Health Net offers several online tools to help you in deciding where to get quality care and services. One of these is the Hospital Advisor Tool, which is powered by WebMD® and allows you to easily compare hospitals by the number of patients treated, mortality and complication rates, length of stay, and average costs. These reports are based on state, Leapfrog Group patient safety, and hospital satisfaction data.

View Your Hospital’s Safety Score video, from www.HospitalSafetyScore.org. To learn more, click “Continue Reading”, below.

 

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Job Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action

depressed employeeJob burnout is a special type of job stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, take a closer look at the phenomenon. What you learn may help you face the problem and take action before job burnout affects your health. Continue reading

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun

Mother and daughter on vacationWith summer making its official debut on June 21, now is a good time to spread the word that the sun – a fundamental, life-fueling force – also poses a serious threat to the health of your eyes. While skin-cancer awareness has increased significantly in recent years, the average person is largely unaware that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can permanently damage one’s eyes. Continue reading

Substance Abuse: Helping Your Loved One

concerned iStock_000024325978SmallLately, it’s been worrying you: You suspect that a person close to you is abusing drugs or alcohol. Often, there are clues. And there are ways to help your loved one find a road to recovery.  Maybe your family member seems different. People who get hooked on drugs or alcohol may keep using them despite all the bad things that happen as a result. There can be problems at work, school or home or with their health. Those can be big signs. What can you do?

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The Essentials of Diabetes Management

Healthy livingDiabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. People with diabetes are unable to use glucose effectively. It accumulates in the bloodstream and over time can damage the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.

Health Net offers a telephone-based class to learn how to effectively manage your diabetes.

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Mental Health in Children: an Important Part of Overall Health

kids tug-of-warIn the United States, four-million children and teens suffer from a serious mental-health disorder. However, in any given year, only 20 percent are identified and receive mental-health services. Early intervention is key to curbing these disturbing statistics, and May  – which is National Mental Health Awareness Month – is an ideal time to increase awareness about these crucial issues. Continue reading

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

National Mental Health Awareness Month in May

stamp out stigma iStock_000007514141_SmallWith nearly 44 million adults living with mental illness every year, chances are you know someone who is affected and how important it is for people to get the help they need. Once we recognize the high prevalence of mental illness and reeducate ourselves, friends and family, we can begin to reduce the stigma.

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What is a Psychiatrist?

For many people, the word psychiatrist conjures images like these: a couch, a patient describing childhood memories, a doctor taking notes.

Such talk therapy—known as psychotherapy—in an office setting is certainly a key part of psychiatry. Yet this medical specialty also reaches into courtrooms, clinics, hospitals, hospices, prisons and rehab facilities. Through a range of treatments, including talk therapy for individuals and groups, psychiatrists help people of all ages regain a sense of mental well-being.

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Fitness for Less: Low-cost Ways to Shape Up

Family fitnessIf the only thing keeping you from starting a fitness program is the cost of a gym membership, here’s good news. You don’t need to join a gym to take physical activity seriously. Plenty of low-cost alternatives can help you get fit without breaking your budget. These tips can help you get started.

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The Eyes Have It, Especially as You Age

Getting glasses with a smileUnlike fine wine, our eyesight decidedly does not improve with age. In fact, precisely the opposite occurs. Here are the basics on how your eyes age, and what you need to do to take care of them.  If you’re 40 or above, chances are good that you’ve experienced this phenomenon firsthand. That’s because, on average, most people notice changes in their vision in their early to mid-40s. Continue reading