Minnesotans Waste $2 Billion in Healthcare Spending

A new report estimates that Minnesotans are spending $2 billion each year on unnecessary healthcare expenses.

“The report estimated that 1.3 million ER visits were preventable in 2012, along with 50,000 initial hospital admissions and 22,000 readmissions for patients who had been recently discharged,” the Star Tribune article says. “The findings were based on a review of the state’s unique all-claims payer database, which gave research de-identified access to insurance claims for 4.3 million Minnesotans in 2012.”

Trig can help you prevent this kind of waste — waste that directly affects your bank account. We teach and empower consumers to get the care they need — and not more — at the best possible price.

Complete your training plan if you’re a member, or check out our services if you’re not yet part of the Trig family. Go to www.trigls.com for more.

A Computer System to Stop Medical Errors

Research is showing that technology could help doctors reduce medical errors.

“Over five years, a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system can reduce medical errors (MEs), with no new type of errors detected, according to a study published online July 14 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics,” says an article in Medical Press.

Even if technology helps solve this issue, consumers still need to be aware that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Come on over to Trig, where we teach consumers how to get the best care at the best price possible — and to cut the likelihood of problems such as medical errors.

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Choose the Right Surgeon

Choosing the right surgeon could make your experience in a hospital a good one — or a miserable one.

In fact, it’s so important that the investigative journalism website Pro Publica recently wrote about it.

“Today, we are making public the complication rates of nearly 17,000 surgeons nationwide,” they wrote. “Patients will be able to weigh surgeons’ past performance as they make what can be a life-and-death decision. Doctors themselves can see where they stand relative to their peers.”

Trig can also help you weigh the information you need in order to make the best healthcare decisions possible. Be sure to visit www.trigls.com today, and become a member if you aren’t already.

With the right information, you can become educated and empowered to get the best care possible, and for the best prices. And you can pick the right surgeon to protect your health.

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Use This Technique to Reduce Medical Errors

A news columnist is chronicling her experience where she was not involved in her own care, a problem that can lead to medical errors. She is also writing about her ideas for solutions, and including reader feedback in the latest column.

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in America. This is drawing new attention to the issue as media outlets all over the country investigate these problems.

We at Trig are working to reduce the errors through patient education and empowerment. Go to www.trigls.com to learn more.

And do let us know in the comments section the ways you have avoided medical errors. The more we come together on this issue, the better.

This Solution Can Reduce Infant Medical Errors

Head’s up, parents-to-be:

Waiting to choose a name for your newborn may put your baby at risk for medical errors, according to new research.

“As a marker of potential mistakes, researchers analyzed how often doctors order tests, procedures or drugs for one newborn baby and then quickly retract it and place the same order for a different newborn,” the Reuters article states. “At Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, in two neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), they compared this so-called “retract and reorder” rate for one year before and after the hospital changed its ID system for newborns.”

Avoiding medical errors happens with education, and that’s what we do at Trig. We help you navigate the healthcare system in a way that helps you reduce the risk of medical errors and cut the costs of your medical expenses.

Learn more today by going to www.trigls.com, or contact us anytime if you want to know more. We hope to connect with you soon!

Help Prevent Medical Errors in Nursing Homes

Medical errors are causing deaths and injuries at nursing homes, according to a recent article co-published by ProPublica and the Washington Post.

This specific medical error comes from a failure to correctly administer or oversee Coumadin. Too much of this blood thinner can cause bleeding, while too little causes clots, the article says.

Trig can help you become educated about this kind of thing, and help you prevent such tragic deaths from happening to you or a family member. When you’re armed with the right knowledge — and that’s our business, we educate people — you can get what you need.

Learn more at www.trigls.com and become a member today.

How to Handle Lack of Medical Transparency

What would you do if you were a patient aggressively shut out of the treatment process?

“I was startled to find that the doses had been drawn up before I was taken to the treatment room,” according to this recently published article. “I have gotten allergy shots for different allergens for about eight years out of the last forty-five, in different parts of the country. Never before had anyone prepared the syringes before I entered the room.”

The story the writer goes on to tell is disturbing; she encounters shouting and hostility.

Trig teaches you how to avoid, and in the worst-case scenario such as hers, how to deal with, these situations.

Learn how to stand up for yourself — for the care that you need, for the questions you have, and for the knowledge you deserve to attain. We at Trig believe that education leads to consumer empowerment, and the reduction in medical errors and waste common throughout the healthcare system. Americans now spend $750 billion in healthcare each year, and medical errors are the third leading cause of death. Education will reduce these problems immensely.

If you’re not yet a member, go to www.trigls.com to learn more today.

Could Conflicts of Interest at the CDC Hurt You?

An article out this week examines conflicts of interest at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Relationships with industry lead to bias, overtreating, overmedicating and more, according to the article at the Centre for Research on Globalization.

“From my perspective, it seems clear that more drugs, tests, and surgeries do not equate to better health. On the contrary, it raises the risks of side effects that may be as bad or worse than the original problem,” the article says. “It also raises the risk of fatal medical errors—a fate that befalls 440,000 Americans each year.”

We cannot emphasize this enough: You must be your own advocate these days. More and more, as problems of bias and overtreatment creep into local clinics and hospitals, the patient must become an educated and empowered consumer. Get educated on how you can know that you’re truly getting the right and proper treatment.

Learn more today, and become a member, at www.trigls.com.

Five Children Receive Wrong Immunizations — Here’s What You Can Do

More children have received the wrong immunizations, highlighting the importance of consumer education and empowerment.

At least five kids were given the wrong vaccines in a clinic in New Jersey — including one 2-year-old boy who received cervical cancer prevention vaccine.

“The Salem County-run ‘Shots for Tots’ program has been shuttered while officials try to determine how and why the errors occurred,” according to an article published at Time’s website. “Two full-time nurses who ran the clinic have resigned from the county Health Department, and the county prosecutor’s office is reviewing the matter.”

This highlights the importance of protecting yourself with education. With Trig’s educational modules, you learn specifically how to make sure you’re getting the right medication, the right dosage and the right procedures. And you learn how to stand up for yourself if you fear you’re not.

This can trickle down to your family members, just like these New Jersey children.

Arm yourself and protect your family by signing up for Trig today. Go to www.trigls.com to learn more.

When Your Doctor Makes Mistakes

What do you do when a doctor is imperfect?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. — behind cancer and heart disease.

A new book, “Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery,” has been written by a British neurosurgeon who recounts mistakes from his career. Some errors even left certain patients “permanently disfigured or crippled,” according to an article published last week in the Calgary Herald.

“How can a physician be both perfect in his practice and honest about his mistakes, when they occur? While physicians agree that admitting to error is necessary — if not for purely moral reasons — there is no question that this kind of confession carries a cost,” the article says. “Patients may be less satisfied with their care, less likely to follow prescribed treatment plans, and more likely to lose faith in their practitioner.”

Trig helps patients guard against potential problems with surgeons. While doctors cannot be expected to be perfect, at the same time, patients can take action to empower and educate themselves.

Trig empowers and educates patients. Be that educated and powerful person who takes charge of their healthcare. Get the care you deserve at a fair price, and avoid common medical errors.

To learn more about Trig, go to www.trigls.com.