Take a Stand Against Medical Errors

Medical errors are on the minds of more and more people these days, now that these errors are the third leading cause of death in our country, according to statistics.

“John McCleary died at the age of 83. He lived a nice long life, you might say. Maybe, but John’s life was still unexpectedly cut short,” says an article published at this news station. “Not by an accident or a heart attack or cancer. By an infection. That he picked up as a patient in the hospital.”

These types of preventable deaths are important to be aware of, as it could happen to you or a family member, as well.

Trig helps people prevent medical errors, healthcare waste, and overall improve their experience of using the healthcare system. Trig is an educational program that teaches people how to use the system in a way that saves consumers time, money and stress.

Learn about what Trig can do for you and your family today, and about the ways we can teach you to prevent medical errors, by going to www.trigls.com.

High-Cost Patients Need Help

In an aim toward efficiency, a new program is trying to figure out how to reduce costs for what are commonly called “high-need patients.”

“Such high-need patients, often senior citizens and frequently suffering from multiple chronic health conditions, with multiple medical providers treating them, represent a very large fraction of total health-care spending in the U.S.,” according to an article on CNBC.com. “Treatment for an estimated 5 percent of the nation’s population is responsible for about half—or $1.4 trillion—of total health-care spending annually, according to the National Institute for Health Care Management.”

This is one solution.

Trig is another.

Trig can reduce healthcare costs for both companies and individuals. We now know that an estimated $750 billion spent on healthcare each year can be considered waste — inefficiencies, fraud, unnecessary care, and more. And perhaps that waste is even happening among the “high-need” patients.

Anyone can get Trig delivered to them. It’s an online training program that educates and empowers consumers to save money, time and stress. Nearly everyone uses healthcare, but no one is taught how to use it.

Learn more today at www.trigls.com, and be sure to stay updated at our Facebook page, as well.

 

Officials Draw New Guidelines for Investigating Medical Errors

Officials have drawn new guidelines for investigating medical errors, according to an article published recently.

“Millions of patients in the United States are harmed each year as a result of healthcare mistakes, according to the NPSF,” the article states “In fact, if 2013 research is correct, hospital medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Not even the most prestigious healthcare organizations are immune to medical errors. For instance, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found ‘never event’ surgical errors happen at their campus at a rate of 1 in 22,000 procedures.”

While new guidelines are making sure that hospitals are doing their part, patients and consumers need to do their part.

Be sure to do your part by signing up for Trig. Get educated and get empowered at www.trigls.com.

Doctors Could See Pay Cuts For Wasteful Practices

Should doctors receive pay cuts if their services cost too much?

As a regular reader of this blog, you know that we at Trig are against medical waste common in this country. Americans spend $750 billion each year on waste — inefficiencies, fraud, unnecessary services and more.

An article in Forbes published today explores a solution to this problem: Doctors seeing pay cuts for too costly of services. “The fact that the NHS turned to pay cuts rather than waste elimination should motivate healthcare providers,” the article states.  If providers don’t work with payers to reduce the use of low value services, they can expect substantial pay cuts.”

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments below.

And if you’re not a Trig member yet, do head over to www.trigls.com and explore your options for becoming a more empowered consumer. The more money, time and stress we all save, the better.

Surgical ‘Never Events’ Can Be Prevented

Some medical errors should just never happen, but the more consumers are aware, the more you can protect yourself.

These errors, called “never events,” are surgical errors that should simply never take place — for example, if a surgeon completes the wrong operation, or even leaves a surgical tool inside the patient’s body.

Medical errors are something that more people are starting to become aware of. These events, which are vastly underreported, are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

One professional recently said that a solution for medical professionals would be to follow the same strict practices as the aviation industry. (Read her comments here.)

You can also turn to Trig, a new company that helps people save time, money and stress while navigating the healthcare system. Nobody teaches people how to use healthcare, and yet everyone uses it. We have specific programs designed to help ensure you aren’t one of the millions of Americans injured by medical errors, and to ensure that you’re getting the care you need at a fair price.

Go to www.trigls.com to learn more today, and let us know if we can answer any questions for you.

We hope to talk with you soon about how you can become a more empowered healthcare consumer.

Minnesota Company Saves Thousands With Trig

By Britt Johnsen

For as long as Jay Langer can remember, health insurance premiums have always gone up at the business where he’s co-owner, Truck Utilities — and usually by five to seven percent.

He’s been with the company for many years, and to his recollection, he’s never seen premiums stay flat. They’ve always increased.

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Until they started working with Trig.

In the last year, since Truck began working with Trig, they saw flat premiums rather than an increase. This is revolutionary for the company.

“I was shocked,” Langer said. “It’s huge for us.”

Truck Utilities — which has locations in St. Paul, Kansas City and Fargo — began working with Trig, a new company that aims to decrease healthcare costs and reduce medical errors. Trig does this for individuals and companies by educating people specifically how to use the healthcare system in a way that saves them time, money and stress, and improves their experience with healthcare.

This is a service that every company and individual needs. Americans currently spend $750 billion in healthcare waste each year, and medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. — behind heart disease and cancer.

Emily Hulstein, a Trig consultant serving Truck Utilities’ employees, began having conversations with the employees on a regular basis. And over time, Langer said, people began to identify problems that they never touched before. For example, chiropractors can be covered by some insurance plans — that is something not everyone understands. A person simply has to understand in-network coverage versus out-of-network coverage.

Langer said that while doing business for 20 to 30 years, it was just expected to see insurance increases each year. But Trig owner Bob Hanlon opened their eyes, Langer said.

“I just thought, ‘What have we got to lose?’”

One short year later, after Trig started talking with employees and getting into the nitty-gritty details, Truck is seeing real results.

“We’re so busy, we get in a rut,” Langer said. “We just need a reminder sometimes of what’s available.”

Truck Utilities, which has been doing business since 1963, offers services and repairs that range from light welding and metal bending to custom bodies and installations. Langer has worked with many people over the years. He says that, in addition to Trig saving them money, he’s also extremely pleased with the people he gets to work with.

“It’s hard to find people like that,” he says of Trig. “It’s a treat to deal with people like that.”

Learn more about Trig and sign up today if you’re not a member yet: www.trigls.com.

Human Missteps Lead to Surgical Errors

When it comes to surgical errors, some events should never happen.

But they do.

A new study shows the reasons that contribute to horrible surgery mistakes, and it’s typically human errors. “The research, published in the journal Surgery, examined surgical ‘never events,’ which include performing the wrong procedure on a patient or leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient’s body, that should never happen and yet continue to occur at facilities across the United States,” according to an article published this week.

You can protect yourself from major medical mishaps by learning how to best work with the healthcare system.

Everyone uses healthcare, but almost no one teaches you how. Let Trig teach you, and learn how to avoid surgical errors and other healthcare system mistakes by signing up for Trig’s proprietary educational programs that teach you to be an empowered consumer.

Trig. Innovations for empowered healthcare.

Education Can Help You Avoid Harming Children With Medical Errors

Yet another child has been harmed by medical errors, and this shows once again the need for better patient education.

Trig specializes in empowering consumers to avoid medical errors and reduce the amount of money they spend on healthcare waste.

We aim to help people avoid problems just like the ones named in a press release, published on June 8:

“Parents of a talented high school athlete have filed a lawsuit against doctors and hospitals they claim are responsible for diagnosis and treatment mistakes that led to the destruction of the teen’s heart and need for a heart transplant,” the press release says.

When you know the process of how healthcare works, the rest questions to ask to make sure you’re getting what you need, as well as following proper procedures to avoid other problems, you can avoid dangerous and expensive medical errors.

Contact Trig today to see what we can do for you. Go to www.trigls.com to learn more, and let us know how we can help you.

A High-Tech Approach to Preventing Medical Errors

Could new software prevent you from experiencing medical errors?

“As patients produce an ever-growing amount of digital information about themselves, from their genetics to their medical history, health care providers like Sanford Health are turning to big data analytics to make sense of it and improve the care they provide,” according to an article in Buzzfeed. “Their efforts are examples of personalized medicine, an emerging field supported by the Obama administration’s new Precision Medicine Initiative.”

Of course, when it comes to preventing medical errors — such as the wrong surgery, the wrong dosage or wrong medication altogether, and other areas of the medical system — this new software is only part of the picture.

You, the patient, are the most powerful person when it comes to your care. The right and wrong care starts and ends with you. No one can do anything without your permission, and you can be equipped with all the knowledge you need.

Trig, the world’s first comprehensive healthcare education program, teaches you how to use the healthcare system to save money, prevent medical errors and much more.

Learn more today at www.trigls.com.

Trig. Innovations for empowered healthcare.

Learn to Navigate Sea of Dangerous Medical Situations

Medical error reporting ought to be mandatory so that people can actually learn from the mistakes, which are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

As an Oregon newspaper so eloquently put it recently in an editorial, “People can learn from mistakes, but not if the mistakes are kept secret.”

It continued: “Patient safety is something Oregon should require medical providers to take seriously. That means reporting when mistakes happen. Make reporting mandatory.”

Trig teaches patients how to prevent medical errors from happening, among other skills that save money, time and potentially lives.

Until medical error reporting is mandatory, don’t become a victim to these mistakes. Get Trig today at www.trigls.com.