Benefits of in-house medication dispensing | Medical Economics

In-house medication dispensing can save patients money and improve medication adherence
— Read on www.medicaleconomics.com/article/benefits-house-medication-dispensing

Since converting to the new EMR, Atlas, we’ve enjoyed many benefits. In house dispensing is just one of them.

Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills – Los Angeles Times

Having health insurance has never been the same as having health care. Trinity DPC offers healthcare for primary care services at affordable rates. When patients have access to local, patient centered, personalized medical care the burdens of health insurance deductibles that have hampered access start to disappear.

We are healthcare without hassles, built for you.


Soaring health insurance deductibles have strained family budgets, saddled many with debt and driven millions to skip care. It’s the result of a revolution that has transformed U.S. health insurance, shifting a growing share of costs to workers and their families.
— Read on www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-health-insurance-medical-bills-20190502-story.html

They Want It to Be Secret: How a Common Blood Test Can Cost $11 or Almost $1,000 – The New York Times

I offer this test for free to our Trinity DPC patients four times a year. It’s so inexpensive for me to purchase wholesale that it’s not worth the hassle to bill for it.

Huge price discrepancies like that are unimaginable in other industries. Also unusual: not knowing the fee ahead of time.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/upshot/health-care-huge-price-discrepancies.html

The Carnivore Diet for Mental Health? | Psychology Today

You may have heard stories of people reversing stubborn symptoms of psychiatric disorders by eating an all-meat diet. Why might a carnivore diet improve brain function?
— Read on www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/diagnosis-diet/201904/the-carnivore-diet-mental-health

D is for Distortion: Medicare Part D’s $2 Billion Problem — 46brooklyn Research

Overall, we estimate that of the $1.08 billion in total Part D spend on this drug, only $434 million was for the drug – the remaining $648 million went to the supply chain.

2016 PART D SPENDING ON ARIPIPRAZOLE

NADAC

Ing. Cost ($434M)

Markup ($648M)
— Read on www.46brooklyn.com/research/2019/3/20/d-is-for-distortion

Wait just a minute, low carb nutrition makes diabetes better?!

This consensus statement in the Diabetes Journal reports that low carbohydrate diets actually make diabetes better. Wow! Maybe we finally have a seat at the table now. They specifically recommend Medical Nutrition Therapy by a registered dietician to help support parents in their efforts. Good thing that we made this the standard of care for all our DPC members by offering it as part of new memberships.

“Low-carbohydrate eating patterns, es- pecially very low-carbohydrate (VLC) eating patterns, have been shown to reduce A1C and the need for antihyper- glycemic medications. These eating pat- terns are among the most studied eating patterns for type 2 diabetes. One meta- analysis of RCTs that compared low- carbohydrate eating patterns (defined as #45% of calories from carbohydrate) to high-carbohydrate eating patterns (defined as .45% of calories from car- bohydrate) found that A1C benefits were more pronounced in the VLC inter- ventions (where ,26% of calories came from carbohydrate) at 3 and 6 months but not at 12 and 24 months (110).

Another meta-analysis of RCTs compared a low-carbohydrate eating pattern (defined as ,40% of calories from carbohydrate) to a low-fat eating pattern (defined as ,30% of calories from fat). In trials up to 6 months long, the low-carbohydrate eating pattern improved A1C more, and in trials of varying lengths, lowered triglycerides, raised HDL-C, lowered blood pressure, and resulted in greater reductions in diabetes medication (111). Finally, in another meta-analysis comparing low- carbohydrate to high-carbohydrate eat- ing patterns, the larger the carbohydrate restriction, the greater the reduction in A1C, though A1C was similar at durations of 1 year and longer for both eating patterns (112).”

care.diabetesjournals.org/content/diacare/early/2019/04/10/dci19-0014.full.pdf

New Convenience Options for Lab Draws

Did you know that Trinity DPC has some unique options for patients to have their blood drawn?

Of course, all of our patients are welcome to have their labs drawn at our offices but for those patients with unique schedules and needs we have two other choices.

First, our main lab company, LabCorp, offers several draw stations around Lenoir City, Northshore/Pellissippi, Sutherland, and UT Hospital. Some are open super early which can make getting fasting labs done before work easier. One draw station is open on Saturdays too. Labs done at these draw stations are the same great price as what we offer in our office. Appointments can be scheduled but walk-ins are welcome too.

Second, our partner for advanced cardiometabolic testing, True Health Diagnostics, offers most of our standard tests too. They have a draw station in Downtown West Shopping Center that is open on Saturdays a few hours. Uniquely, they offer a mobile phlebotomy service where a technician can come to your home or office on your schedule to have the blood tests done. This is a free service for anyone needing the cardiometabolic panels and other non-covered tests.  However, routine tests and panels which otherwise would be included with membership when done through LabCorp carry a $15 service fee.

Both of these options still require a valid physician’s order from us prior to testing, so don’t show up unexpected. If you’re interested in taking advantage of either option, just let us know and we’ll make the arrangements.

-Dr. McColl

LabCorp Draw stations

Lenior City: 689 Medical Park Dr, Suite 202 (Northshore Medical Plaza), 37772. M-F 7am-3:30pm, Closed 12-1pm

Northshore/Pellissippi: 9625 Kroger Park Dr, 37922. M-F 8am-5pm, Closed 12:30-1:30pm

Sutherland: 4206 Sutherland Avenue, 37919. M-F 8am-4:30pm, Closed 12:30-1:30pm

UT Hospital: 1932 Alcoa Hwy Bldg C155 (Inside the hospital), 37920. M-F 6:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm

True Health Diagnostics

Any Lab Test Now 1645 Downtown West Blvd, Suite 31. M-F 8am-5:30pm, Closed 1-2:30pm. Sat 10am-1pm

Mobile Phlebotomy can be scheduled Monday through Friday.

Our family is growing!

I’m so pleased to announce that Mrs. Robin decided to return to her tree again this year to raise her family. We should have another couple babies flapping around in the backyard of our office before too long. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. I’m excited to be a grandpa again for the third year in a row!

A Man’s CRAZY Coke Experiment–What Happened to His Body After Drinking 10 Cokes a Day for a Month?

When George Prior drank 10 cokes a day for a month, he experienced multiple health issues eg. weight gain, high blood pressure, fat gain, low appetite etc.
— Read on m.theepochtimes.com/a-mans-crazy-coke-experiment-what-happened-to-his-body-after-drinking-10-cokes-a-day-for-a-month_2876465.html