Wellness Events – June

June 7, 2011

As a part of our ongoing effort to help you find the best care at the lowest cost, we bring to you this month’s list of free & low-cost wellness events.

Take a look for an event near you, and be sure to check previous entries for any recurring events (which are indicated by a *).

Detroit, MI – Diabetes Education (6/8, Free); Men’s Health Month Seminar (6/9, Free); The New Healthcare Law – What it Means for You (6/9, Free); Sleep Apnea/Treatment Options (6/9, Free)

Cross River, NY – Free Community Wellness Day – Topics include holistic health, stress reduction, Homeopathic Medicine for Chronic Conditions, Meditations, Diabetes, ADD/ADHD, Nutrition (6/11, Free)

Houston, TX – Free AHA Wellness Conference for African American Women. Includes sessions on heart health, cooking healthy foods, physical activity (6/11, Free)

Mount Shasta, CA – Caregiver Class (6/8, Free)

Topeka, KS Cost is unspecified. Health & Wellness Fair: more than 30 area health and wellness groups, educational resources, screenings (6/15)

Memphis, TN – ACS Look Good, Feel Better Program (6/13, 23, Free); Stroke Survivor Group (6/7, Free); Crohn’s/Colitis Support Group (6/7, Cost Unspecified); Weight Loss Seminar (6/7, Free); Men’s Health Summit (6/11, Cost Unspecified)

We will continue to update this list over the course of the month, so check back regularly! If you come across any events we missed, please let us know in the comments section below!

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Top 5 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Medical Bills

January 5, 2011

Doctor and hospital bills are routinely rife with errors and inaccuracies – costing you precious money. Save cash and peace of mind with these five tips on monitoring your medical bills, brought to you by The Healthcare Survival Guide: Cost-Saving Options for the Suddenly Unemployed.

1. Be specific when clarifying coverage with your insurer. Before receiving a medical procedure, check with your insurer to be sure what they will and will not cover. Keep detailed records of who you spoke with and when – this information will help you greatly when disputing a billing error.

2. Address billing errors quickly and aggressively. All too often, insurance companies and doctor’s offices issue incorrect bills. Don’t be a victim: insurance companies will often reprocess a claim, saving you money.

3. BYOM – Bring Your Own Medication. Don’t waste money paying for the same drugs at the hospital pharmacy.

4. Ask if you can pay in cash. Many hospitals offer a discount on bills paid in cash rather than check or credit. It never hurts to ask.

5. Opt for a non-teaching hospital, if possible. Community hospitals offer similar care as academic medical centers, and often at a lower cost. Ask your doctor.