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9 May

May is STROKE AWARENESS month

A Stoke is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans. However, 75% of stroke victims are over the age of 65. Now this is a very serious issue that is not to be taken lightly. Sometimes the warning signs of stroke may last only a few moments and then disappear. These brief episodes, known as Transient Ischemic Attacks or TIAs, are sometimes called “mini-strokes.”  To help protect yourself and your loved ones, learn what steps you can take to prevent  a stroke and ho
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1 Mar

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the Fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cuase of death from cancer. There is more important information on facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AzPriorityCare/?fref=ts Call AZPC to find out how to get your FREE Screening test mailed to your home.
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1 Feb

Incorporating Physical Activity

What is Physical Activity? Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Some of your daily life activities—such as completing chores around the house, yard work, walking the dog, Yoga, and even Tai Chi—are just some examples. Thinking about adding physical activity to your life, but not sure how to get started? Sometimes taking the first step is the hardest part.   Is something holding you back? Think about reasons why you have not
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12 Dec

Diabetes – I’ve Heard It All Before

Most people are diagnosed with diabetes between the ages of 45-64, although there are 400,000 diagnoses cases after age 65. So, most seniors who have diabetes have also learned to tune out the diabetes messages. After all, they’ve been hearing these messages probably for the last 20 years. But, here’s why you should still read this: 1.  Nearly 10 percent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes and another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and they don’t e
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27 Nov

ACS Issues New Mammogram Guidelines

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on every third Friday of October is National Mammography Day. Just in time for a day promoting early breast cancer detection, the American Cancer Society has issued new recommendations for when women should get mammograms and how often. The ACS updated its guidelines on mammograms in a paper published in JAMA Tuesday.  The updates are: The minimum age at which a woman of average risk should start getting routine mammogram is 45 (it
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30 Sep

Healthy Eating As You Age: The Ideal Diet

September is Healthy Aging Month and although the month is winding down, aging with good health on your side is something to practice all year long. One of the staples of a healthy lifestyle is a nutritional diet (September is also “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month). This is all the more true the older you get. For adults over 50, a healthy diet can increase mental acuteness, help you resist illness and disease and leave you with more energy. If you already suffer
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24 Aug

Staying Safe During a Heat Wave

The summer months are drawing to a close, but the heat is still lingering in many places throughout the country. Arizona is no exception. Triple digits in the Sonoran Desert may be the norm for several more weeks. Keeping hydrated and in a cool place is critical in such extreme weather. Still, many senior citizens fall victim to heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. Data reveals that more people die in heat waves than any other natural disaster. In 2003, parts of Europe scorched in a he
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6 Aug

Tips to Keep Your Memory Sharp as You Age

Over the years, we build cherished memories of our families, friends, milestones and experiences. But as we age, some of those memories may not be as sharp, and for some, they may completely fade away. The signs of memory loss may begin small – you may realize that you can’t remember your grandson’s birthday, you have placed your keys in the refrigerator, or you may find yourself momentarily staring blankly at a family photo that has sat for years on your fireplace mantel. Losi
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22 Jun

Save Your Sight: Preventing Cataracts and Vision Loss

Sight is one of our most precious senses and you would probably do whatever you can to keep your vision if you knew you were in danger of losing it. In observation of Cataract Awareness Month in June, we’re offering important tips on how to prevent vision loss and the development of cataracts. Cataracts – the clouding of the eye’s natural lens – are the most common cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 40. Cataract risk factors include ultraviolet radiation fr
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22 May

An Ounce of Prevention: Health Screenings for Seniors

Benjamin Franklin has been credited with the quote “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  This is never more true than in the golden years of our life.  While you may feel fine, it is crucial that  those over the age of 65 maintain an ongoing relationship with their primary care physician.  Regular health screenings can help you avoid major medical problems in the future. For example, a simple blood test can help your doctor detect high blood pressure
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1 Apr

Receiving Discounts During Medicare’s “Doughnut Hole”

In the past, those enrolled in the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan could expect to enter in Medicare’s “Doughnut Hole,” the temporary coverage gap where they would have to pay out-of-pocket expenses for their usually-covered prescription drugs.  This coverage gap begins when the member’s total drug costs – including what the member and their plan have paid for drugs – reaches $2,960 in 2015. In the years before 2011, entering in the coverag
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20 Mar

Managing your Prescriptions: Tips for Medication Safety

With a new year upon us, many people are resolving to make changes. Consider making a change of your own and becoming more proactive and organized in your approach to your healthcare, in particular, your medication management. As we age, the number of prescribed medications may continue to grow, making medication management even more important. According to the American Geriatrics Society, more than a third of those over the age of 65 have at least one adverse reaction resulting fr
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20 Mar

Patient Benefits of Electronic Medical Records: Is Your Doctor Using Electronic Health Records?

The holidays are near and the season is busy with travel plans, parties and visits from relatives and friends. Chances are you will probably be eating plenty of food that doesn’t agree with your resolution for a healthy new year. Now is the time to take extra precaution for a safe and healthy holiday season and avoid the trip to a hospital Emergency Room. Here are a several tips to keep you and your loved ones from visiting the E.R. during the holidays: There may be
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20 Mar

Patient Benefits of Electronic Medical Records: Is Your Doctor Using Electronic Health Records?

Seeing a doctor other than your primary care physician (PCP) used to be risky business. Should you fall sick in a place where immediate access to your PCP was impossible, you would have to see a doctor without knowledge of your medical history, prescriptions, allergies or reactions to drugs, posing potentially serious health hazards. Nowadays, a doctor with their eyes planted on a computer screen or tablet may actually be a good thing. The use of Electronic Health Records (EHR&rsqu
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20 Mar

Medicare Annual Enrollment 2015 Ends Dec. 7

It’s that time of year again! Arizona Priority Care would like to remind our Medicare members that the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) ends Dec. 7. That means that if you would like to join, switch or end your Medicare Advantage plan and/or Part D coverage, you must do so before the Dec. 7 deadline. Afterwards, you will not be able to make changes to your 2015 Medicare health and drug coverage unless you qualify for one of the Special Enrollment Periods. Don’t
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20 Mar

Reducing Hospital Admission Rates

Staying at the hospital is never something people want to do. The day that a doctor releases a patient is often a celebrated day, until the patient needs to be readmitted again. According to a 2013 study published in the New England Journal, 1 in 7 patients who are undergoing a major surgery will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Our goal at Arizona Priority Care is to reduce the risk of hospital readmission. Our network of physicians are committed to coordinating th
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20 Mar

Knowing Why Your BMI Matters

A body mass index (BMI) indicates how much body fat a person carries. A special screening exam to determine a person’s BMI and to check for weight concerns is utilized that generates a number. A BMI does not provide a full report of a person’s health, though it is important to know your score and any possible health concerns. Your BMI can be calculated using this equation: Weight (in pounds) Divided by height (in inches) squared Multiplied by 703 For e
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20 Mar

Better Attention to Geriatric Care Could Improve Medicare

From the moment a baby enters this world all the way into adulthood, a number of physicians will be responsible for their medical care. We know that pediatricians specialize in infant and childcare and that a primary care physician (PCP) usually cares for teen and adult healthcare. Our healthcare needs change as we age, and we will continue to have unique needs that should be met by a specialized physician into our elder years. Yet despite the widely accepted understanding that
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20 Mar

Patient Satisfaction a Top Priority at Arizona Priority Care

According to 5,000 patients reviewed in a 2013 Software Advice survey, 90 percent attested to aggravating feelings because of doctors’ office delays. The average wait time for a patient before seeing a doctor is about 20 minutes, while some patients can wait up to 45 minutes before they come face to face with their physician. At Arizona Priority Care medical offices, we are committed to keeping our patients happy in the midst of illness, which includes staying true to ap
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20 Mar

Pain Awareness Month at Arizona Priority Care

Naturally, people want their primary care physician (PCP) to be the initial point of contact for of their medical concerns. The primary care physician is the link between the patient and other healthcare providers involved in their treatment Arizona Priority Care wants to be certain that our patients have the information they need to raise awareness and manage their symptoms outside of a doctor’s office. Understanding chronic pain starts with reviewing the most common unde
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20 Mar

Arizona Priority Care's Complex Care Program

At Arizona Priority Care, our goal is your healthcare. Treatment and ongoing care doesn’t halt when your primary care physician office closes, or at least it shouldn’t. That is why we offer a Complex Care Program at our Urgent Care Center in Gilbert, Arizona, available to not only patients of an Arizona Priority Care PCP, but all residents of Arizona. Arizona Priority Care is the leading primary care physician group in the southwest United States, with over 100 providers
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20 Mar

Bedside Manner Counts When Choosing a PCP

In February 2014, The Wall Street Journal published an article, “What Is the Biggest mistake Patients Make When Picking a Primary-Care Doctor?” Posing the questions to doctors themselves, the article uncovers the very things that patients should consider when choosing a trusted PCP. At Arizona Priority Care, our providers ensure that every aspect of his or her facility is kept above the standards or what patients expect. With over 100 providers in our network, Arizon
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20 Mar

Arizona Priority Care Partners With Walgreens

Arizona Priority Care is excited to announce our partnership with Walgreens as part of our Senior Advantage Program! In an effort to make your healthcare experience seamless and simple, Arizona Priority Care has designed a unique partnership to provide patients with personalized health care, cost savings, and prescription service. Patients at Arizona Priority Care will also have convenient access to Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations. Going to the doctors is already
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20 Mar

Physicians Benefit From Online Reviews

Finding reviews online is easier than ever these days. With over 40 platforms on the Internet, patients can easily enter their doc’s name into a Google search and find all the information they need at their fingertips. Healthgrades, RateMDs.com, and Vitals are widely utilized by nationwide patients looking for other patient reviews they can trust. At Arizona Priority Care, our patients are our priority. We value their comfort and trust, using these characteristics to ident
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20 Mar

Choosing The Right Doctor

The NY Daily News released an article in July 2014, which examines patients’ decision process in choosing a physician. According to a poll, 22 percent of Americans are confident that they can choose a competent physician. At Arizona Priority Care, our primary care physicians use patient reports as a viable source for practice refinement and to determine ways to bring comfort to unsettled patients. Accepted insurance and good bedside manner are the top two qualities that most patients co
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20 Mar

Improve Your Health Through Our Senior Advantage Club!

At Arizona Priority Care, our priority is your healthcare. With the Affordable Care Act in effect, it may be harder than ever to get an appointment with your primary care physician. Because of this significant increase in patient traffic, Arizona Priority Care provides quality care to anyone who cannot schedule an appointment with his or her PCP at our convenient Gilbert Urgent Care Center. As an added bonus, our Gilbert Urgent Care Center offers care for senior citizens through a specially d
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20 Mar

What Should the Average PCP's Caseload Look Like?

The Veterans Affairs Department scandal is no secret anymore, with hundreds of hidden patient records finally exposed. With this in mind, many began to wonder what a normal caseload for the average physician should look like or rather, looks like. Based on the ongoing efforts to better healthcare systems in the United States, primary care physicians are often bombarded by an abundant daily schedule, seeing plentiful patients each day. At Arizona Priority Care, our network of Ari
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20 Mar

US Health Systems Rank Last, 5th Time in a Decade

Based on the most recent report from the Commonwealth Fund survey (link is external), the United States is the low man on the totem pole for the fifth time in a decade. The report surveyed 11 nations (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain, and the United States) and measured the efficacy, equity, and outcomes of their overall health systems. Though the report was compiled before the implementation of the Affordable Car
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20 Mar

Responding to Patients' Request For Specific Medications

There is a bit of a controversy about media advertising on specific drugs. While it does raise awareness on the importance of healthcare and regulating medical appointments for disease control, advertising has also increased patient requests for specific medications. These requests have an adequate impact on the decisions of physicians who prescribe these meds, according to the April issue of Medical Care. At Arizona Priority Care, our physicians follow regulatory procedures for prescribing m
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20 Mar

The Potential For Wireless Healthcare

The United States spend an upwards of 1.4 trillion dollars on healthcare each year. About 75 percent of that spending is devoted to treating people with chronic illnesses. With booming technology and advances to innovative treatments, the cost of healthcare should be significantly lowered. But, it is not. At Arizona Priority Care, our physicians are dedicated to giving people the right treatment to keep them healthy and away from the doctor’s office. Our referral coordination
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20 Mar

ER vs. Urgent Care: When is it an emergency situation?

No one wants to go to the emergency room; yet more than 100 million visits are made to the ER each year. While most visits are truly emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the top reasons people go to the ER is for abdominal pain, fever, headache, back pain, and chest pain. Some of these symptoms could indicate a more serious condition, such as a heart attack, but many visits can either be waited out or taken care of at an urgent care center.
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20 Mar

Coordinated Care Improves Quality of Care

Two is always better than one right? A group of people is able to come up with solutions faster, combine ideas, and bounce thoughts off of one another, leading to a more diverse, solidified results. According to a team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, primary doctors who work with a team using a coordinated approach “give patients recommended preventive screen and appropriate tests than physicians working in other settings.” On Monday, June 2, 2014, the
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20 Mar

Have New Medicaid Policies Improved Access to PCP?

In congruence to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid insurance is expanding patient eligibility to provide more care to previously uninsured Americans. Easier access to medical insurance means more patient influx to primary care physician’s offices. To support this movement, the ACA has mandated a higher Medicaid fee for evaluation, management, and vaccination services. The associate director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Julia
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20 Mar

Using an Integrated Approach to Healthcare

An integrated approach to healthcare is implemented for the best interest of the patient: especially patients with a chronic condition. A multidisciplinary approach to healthcare is the best method for delivering quality care for a multitude of health concerns. At Arizona Priority Care, we encourage our patients to talk with their primary care physician before seeking care or treatment outside of the office. This way, if the patient needs any medical information, their PCP can easily communicate
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20 Mar

Expanding Primary Care Education

With the new implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the 2009 Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), and other federal investments in healthcare, significant training improvements to primary care providers, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, have been made for better coordinated care and health outcomes for all Americans. At Arizona Priority Care, we believe in providing the best care to all patients. All of our providers are educators, not only to our patients but to our fellow prov
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19 Mar

Having a Primary Care Physician Matters

Having a primary care physician matters! Most people assume that they can get care as they need it from the most convenient provider at that time. While this may be true, it doesn’t compare to having a regular primary care physician. At Arizona Priority Care, our providers are dedicated to forming long-lasting relationships with every single patient. Building on a foundation of honesty, trust, and compassion, Arizona Priority Care ensures patients receive the best care and recommended t
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19 Mar

What is a referral and why do I need one?

Referrals can be one of the most important parts of an insurance plan. This is because healthcare providers are able to ensure that a patient is receiving the right care for their health needs. With a referral plan, your primary care physician can monitor and track the appointments you make out of the primary care office. At Arizona Priority Care, we work with a number of providers who not only offer the best care but they also work with a number of insurance plans. We have developed an exten
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19 Mar

The Advantages of Partnering with Pharmacies

Have you heard the news? Arizona Priority Care has officially partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy! In an effort to provide better and faster care, we have created a convenient program that is available to all Arizona Priority Care patients and affiliated physicians. Arizona Priority Care is the nation's leading health care management partner. We provide comprehensive health care for Arizona families in need of care. With cutting edge technology and techniques, our providers are able to offe
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19 Mar

PCP Shortage Under Obamacare: Arizona Priority Care is one step ahead

Mandatory insurance policies under Obamacare are expected to kick in next year, and doctor's offices across the county are in a panic. According to a CNN report, there are approximately 48 million Americans that are uninsured. With Obama's new health care plan, the Affordable Care Act, these individuals, in addition to the ones who are already insured, will certainly reap the benefits of their new health coverage. At Arizona Priority Care, our providers are committed to caring for pat
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19 Mar

Introducing Arizona Priority Care

Arizona Priority Care is Arizona’s most respected health care management partner. It is with integrity, trust, and innovation that our providers are able to successfully create the platform to deliver high quality, coordinated patient care. Our goal is to exceed Arizonian’s expectations of how a comprehensive health care system works by providing unprecedented care and utilizing cutting edge technology.\ At Arizona Priority Care we have 5 main goals:1. To offer a Medical Home for
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