Healthcare2U Expanding in Connecticut

Company Adds Urgent Care, Primary Care Clinics

AUSTIN, Texas – Connecticut businesses and consumers will be able to access urgent care and primary care in the evenings and on weekends through Healthcare2U.

Healthcare2U, in an ongoing effort to provide convenient, affordable health care, is expanding in the Connecticut market. The company has added five clinics to the fast-growing Heatlhcare2U Private Physician Network (PPN) of more than 70 affiliated clinics providing medical care, wellness and chronic disease management.

203 Urgent Care clinics in Norwalk, Stratford, Southington and Waterbury, Connecticut, began seeing Healthcare2U patients on January 1.

“We see patients 365 days a year to make sure people can receive medical attention when they need it,’’ said Dr. Sanjay Aggarwal, medical director for 203 Urgent Care. “From the flu and colds to allergies and other issues, our clinics are ready to treat most non-life-threatening ailments.”

Healthcare2U, with more than 70 clinics across the United States, operates one of the nation’s fastest-growing direct primary care networks. The company works with health care brokers and businesses to provide a comprehensive suite of custom group health plans to help keep costs low while promoting healthy workforces.

Andy Bonner, president and CEO of Healthcare2U, said: “Our approach to primary care is to provide employers and patients options to access primary care as conveniently and cost-effectively as possible. The addition of these new Connecticut clinics will give our patients more options to see a doctor so medical issues get addressed before they become serious.’’

Through Healthcare2U’s simple membership-based model, no insurance claims are filed for doctor visits against the company’s health plan. Employee members can access doctor appointments for a $10 visit fee along with telemedicine practitioners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition to its network of affiliated clinics, the company also delivers medical care through dedicated on-site employer-based clinics and employer shared clinics.

A complete list of clinics can be found at https://healthc2u.com/locations/.

About Healthcare2U
Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering direct primary care, wellness and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of more than 70 clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U, is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care with a focus on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com.

Healthcare2U Expands into Louisiana

Company Adds Clinic in Shreveport to Fast-Growing Private Physician Network for Direct Primary Care

 SHREVEPORT, La. – Shreveport-area businesses and consumers will be able to access convenient affordable primary health care through a new clinic from Healthcare2U.

Responding to the growing demand for quality health care, Healthcare2U is expanding into the Louisiana market. Fairfield Family Clinic of Shreveport is joining the fast-growing Healthcare2U Private Physician Network (PPN) of more than 65 affiliated clinics providing medical care, wellness and chronic disease management.

Fairfield Family Clinic will begin seeing Healthcare2U patients beginning on January 1.

“We believe strong, experienced family medicine practitioners are the first line of defense in keeping people healthy,’’ said Cinder Puckett, a partner in Fairfield Family Clinic. “Prevention is key so that diseases can be detected and treated early. Our sick today, seen today approach is just one indicator that the health of our patients is our No. 1 priority.”

Healthcare2U operates one of the nation’s fastest-growing direct primary care clinic networks with more than 65 clinics across the United States. The company works with health care brokers and businesses of all sizes to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans to deliver convenient medical care to help keep health care costs low while promoting healthy workforces.

Andy Bonner, president and CEO of Healthcare2U, said: “One of the biggest challenges nationwide is access to convenient, quality medical care and Louisiana is no different. We look forward to working with our local doctors and Louisiana businesses to address this growing demand.”

Healthcare2U members can access primary care, wellness coaching and chronic disease management. In addition to its network of more than 65 affiliated clinics, the company also delivers primary care through dedicated on-site employer-based clinics and employer shared clinics.

Through Healthcare2U’s simple membership-based model, no insurance claims are filed for members’ doctor visits against the company’s health plan. Employee members can access doctor appointments with a $10 visit. Members also have access to telemedicine practitioners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Healthcare2U is redefining how healthcare is delivered to improve the overall consumer medical experience while holding the line on employer costs. A complete list of clinics can be found at https://healthc2u.com/locations/.

About Healthcare2U

Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering direct primary care, wellness, and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of more than 65 clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care with a focus on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com.

Sticking to a Healthy Eating Plan over the Holidays and into the New Year

 

Most of us have been there with New Year’s resolutions of losing weight. We start the year with a great diet and exercise plan that seems to fall apart before we know it.

Eating a healthy diet and being physically active has many benefits, including helping to prevent or manage diabetes. Some 29.1 million adults in the United States have diabetes, but one-quarter of them don’t know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most of us want to get to our weight loss goals as fast as possible. But in terms of adopting new eating plans, we should look no further than the story of the  “The Hare and the Tortoise.’’ If we approach weight loss as the Tortoise, our chances of success are much greater.

Humans are creatures of habit and dieting should be no different. Those who are most successful at maintaining a healthy eating plan have adopted habits and routines that they maintain for the rest of their lives. Here are some simple guidelines that will enable you to lose weight and keep it off.

Pick an eating plan

A diet that is rich in lean proteins, complex carbohydrates along with fruits and vegetables is a good start.

Count calories

Start by calculating your daily caloric needs based on your height, weight and activity level.  Then consume 200 to 400 fewer calories than you need. At first this may seem cumbersome, but once practiced it becomes easier.

Get into a rut

One of the most important aspects of dieting is getting into a routine. Although boring at first, a new eating routine becomes easier to stick with once the weight starts to come off.  Breakfast and lunch are typically the easiest meals to plan for so decide on two meal choices for morning and two for noon with each meal totaling between 300 and 450 calories. For example, a standard bowl of oatmeal with an artificial sweetener and two eggs fried in olive oil amount to about 350 calories.

Plan

Stock up on healthy foods. The last thing you want is to try and figure out what you will be eating when you are hungry at mealtime.

Snack

To help avoid binge eating, eat at lean protein snack – such as a protein shake or protein bar – about one hour prior to your heaviest meal to help reduce your appetite and ward off binge eating.

Chew your food

A simple technique to control your appetite is to slow down and chew your food. By chewing your food between 30 and 50 times enables the body to release its satiety or “I’m full“ hormone. This also helps prevent the desire to go back for seconds and potentially overeat.

Avoid dessert

Unfortunately, sweets are off-limits, with the exception of a once-a-week “cheat.’’ Pick a day as your day for your dessert. A nice daily substitute for a weekly dessert craving is a piece of fruit or a cinnamon spice fiber wafer cookie which won’t derail your healthy diet.

By adopting new habits to living healthier and changing how you eat, you can go a long way toward changing your life.

Healthcare2U Continues Growth in Texas

New Clinics in Lubbock, Texarkana Join Fast-Growing Private Physician Network for Direct Primary Care

 AUSTIN, Texas – Responding to a growing demand for convenient affordable health care, Healthcare2U is expanding its physician network with the addition of new direct primary care clinics in Lubbock and Texarkana.

Dr. Stephen Dalton of Lubbock and the Pleasant Grove Family Clinic of Texarkana have joined Healthcare2U’s rapidly growing Private Physician Network (PPN) of more than 60 clinics providing medical care, wellness, and chronic disease management.

“These new clinics will enable us to address a growing demand for affordable, convenient medical care,” said Andy Bonner, president, and CEO of Healthcare2U. “With Texas ranking near the bottom of all 50 states in the ratio of physicians to population, we look forward to continuing to work with businesses to make sure employees can see a physician when they need one. We continue to have strong support from Texas businesses of our direct primary care model, which helps employers keep employees healthy while holding the line on costs.”

Healthcare2U has one of the nation’s fastest-growing direct primary care clinic networks.  The company works with health care brokers and businesses of all sizes to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans to deliver convenient medical care to help keep healthcare costs low while promoting healthy workforces.

Through the company’s simple membership-based model, no insurance claims are filed for members’ doctor visits against the company’s health plan. Employee members can access same-day or next-day appointments with a $10 visit fee for each clinic visit. Members also have round-the-clock access to telemedicine practitioners.

Through the Lubbock and Texarkana clinics, Healthcare2U members can access primary care, wellness coaching, and chronic disease management. In addition to its network of more than 60 affiliated clinics, the company also delivers primary care through dedicated on-site employer-based clinics and employer shared clinics.

Healthcare2U is redefining how healthcare is delivered to improve the overall consumer medical experience while holding the line on employer costs. A complete list of clinics can be found at https://healthc2u.com/locations/.

About Healthcare2U

Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering direct primary care, wellness, and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of more than 60 clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care with a focus on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com.

 

Focus on Diabetes – Preventing a Killer

 

Diabetes Type 2 – formerly called “adult-onset diabetes” – is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States.

People previously thought they were immune because they had no family history or were athletes in high school. Now they are finding themselves battling a disease that is one of the leading causes of premature death and disability in the United States.

November is National Diabetes Month, but it’s important to take steps year-round to manage this disease and its impact on millions of Americans. With diabetes, the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in the blood because it does not have enough insulin

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes while 86 million age 20 or older had pre-diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States, 2014, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Moreover, a study published in 2015 by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that nearly 50 percent of adults in the United States either have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition in which elevated blood sugar levels already exist, making it highly likely that diabetes will follow.

Diabetes can slowly lead to death if not properly treated and prevented.  People with a family history of diabetes, are overweight and have a sedentary lifestyle have the highest risk for developing diabetes and prediabetes.

We are now seeing individuals in their early twenties – as well as thin people – with full-blown diabetes.

Diabetes and its co-existing conditions can lead to premature death and disability. Diabetes is strongly associated with serious medical conditions that include heart disease, hypertension, sudden death, blindness, limb amputations, kidney disease, and strokes.

It is becoming more and more common to see an individual in their late 40s who is blind with limb amputations and is on kidney dialysis.

No question, diabetes is one of the No. 1 health problems in the 21st century. But as easy it is to develop diabetes, with a little work and the right attitude it is easily preventable.

Diet and exercise are the mainstays of prevention and treatment of diabetes. Any diet that promotes weight loss will work, but a diet that is slow and gradual will allow the individual to adopt lifelong changes that are necessary to carry this prevention mindset late into life.

First, it is important to start with a healthy diet and avoid processed and simple carbohydrates – such as donuts, bagels, white breads, chips and sugary drinks. A healthy eating plan should include whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins such as eggs, chicken, fish, lean red meats. Some healthy fats should be part of this diet but kept to a minimum.

To promote slow, steady weight loss, it is important to take in about 200 – 400 calories less than your daily needs.

Second, move more. It is important to engage in exercise or physical activity that is of moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day, five days per week. Exercise provides many benefits for a healthy lifestyle, including making the insulin system much more efficient and resistant to decay as seen in diabetic patients. Insulin is the hormone that closely regulates the body’s sugar levels and when finely tuned; as in a person who exercises regularly, can handle rises in sugar levels and keep them in a normal range.

Whether it is walking, jogging, cycling or any other aerobic activity make it count.

Simple lifestyle changes can prevent a disease that can take a tremendous toll – emotionally, physically, and financially. Make these changes now to prevent a killer disease.

Direct Primary Care Delivering Lower Costs, Better Patient Experience

 

Personalized health care. Lower costs. No insurance claims.

Driven by market forces and demand for personalized quality health care, direct primary care is growing across the United States.

The direct primary care model provides an affordable, meaningful alternative to fee-for-service medical insurance billing.  While “concierge” care is often characterized by hefty retainers, direct primary care is an affordable alternative for individuals and employees of companies of all sizes.

Direct primary care – or DPC – provides an alternative to medical insurance as the company or individual pays an affordable monthly fee that covers the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and preventative care.

“Direct primary care benefits patients by providing substantial savings and a greater degree of access to, and time with, physicians,’’ according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

With direct primary care, no claims are filed with the employer’s health plan. When compared to the traditional fee-for-service model of the medical insurance world, direct primary care has the potential to provide better medical care for patients while reducing the paperwork and administrative red tape associated with filing insurance claims.

In managing insurance claims in a fee-for-service model, the traditional primary care physician’s overhead costs usually run as high as 60 percent of monthly collections. At the same time, physicians typically see more patients to cover overhead with less time spent with each patient.

Because of these challenges, more and more physicians are selling their practices to hospital systems, retiring early or converting their practices to a direct primary care model.  The direct primary care model provides several benefits.

More quality time with a physician

By avoiding the bureaucratic complexity of health insurance, more time can be spent on treating disease.

Physicians can dedicate more time to each patient, which enables a more thorough discussion of health issues and helps mitigate patient anxiety.

For example, a patient scheduled an appointment to be evaluated after months of abdominal pain. With concerns of everything from cancer to inflammatory diseases of the colon, the patient was seeking a referral to a specialist to undergo expensive colon testing and a CAT scan of the abdomen.  After a thorough evaluation and exam with simple blood tests, it was clear the patient’s abdominal problems stemmed from multiple life stressors. Prescribing medication – which cost about $4 per month — significantly improved her life.

Financial savings

When diagnosing illness, a little extra time in the examination room can save thousands in health care costs. A little extra time can help a physician get to the root of the problem, which often eliminates the need for pricey specialists, surgical procedures and expensive medications. This helps keep health care costs low for both the patient and the employer by reducing the claims filed against an employer’s health insurance plan. At the same time, healthy employees take fewer sick days – which flows to the employer’s bottom line.

Health care advocacy

Direct primary care improves the physician-patient relationship and enables the physician to be an advocate for the patient – including making specialist referrals only when needed and prescribing less expensive generic medications when appropriate.

At Healthcare2U, our team of doctors acts as health care advocates for employees and employers in reducing the number of unnecessary tests and procedures as determined by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s “Choosing Wisely” campaign.

“It is urgent that health care providers and patients work together and have conversations about wise treatment decisions,’’ according to Choosing Wisely. “That means choosing care that is supported by evidence showing that it works for patients like them; is not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received; won’t harm them; and is truly necessary.”

A health care advocate can make a huge difference in helping to prevent adverse outcomes that can arise from prescribing medications or unnecessary procedures.

A healthier and engaged patient

With greater access to health care and a doctor-patient relationship – particularly with employer-sponsored direct primary care programs – it is important for patients to get a biometric screen for any risk factors. By focusing on prevention, chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease can be identified early and aggressively managed to improve the patient’s life and help prevent future hospitalizations and catastrophic events such as a stroke or heart attack

Direct primary care is redefining the delivery of medicine and is key to achieving lower costs, better health outcomes and an improved patient experience.

Healthcare2U Expands into the Northeast

Company Adds Direct Primary Care Clinics in Connecticut

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Continuing rapid growth, Healthcare2U is expanding its network of direct primary care clinics into the Northeast.

Dr. Lorenzo Galante and Dr. Sanjay K. Aggarwal, of New Haven, Connecticut, have joined Healthcare2U’s fast-growing Private Physician Network (PPN) of 60 clinics providing medical care, wellness, and chronic disease management. The Connecticut clinics establish Healthcare2U’s presence in the Northeast as the company continues to expand across the nation.

“One of the biggest challenges in healthcare today is convenient and affordable access to quality medical care,” said Andy Bonner, president, and CEO of Healthcare2U. “We look forward to working with Connecticut businesses to make sure employees can see a physician when they need one. As Healthcare2U continues to grow, we will continue to look for ways to break down old models to redefine how healthcare is delivered by improving the consumer experience while controlling costs.”

Healthcare2U works with healthcare brokers and businesses of all sizes to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans to deliver direct primary care to keep healthcare costs low while promoting healthy workforces. Through the company’s simple membership-based model, no insurance claims are filed for members’ doctor visits against the company’s health plan. Employee members can access same-day or next-day appointments with a $10 visit fee for each clinic visit. In addition, members have round-the-clock access to telemedicine practitioners.

Through the New Haven clinic, Healthcare2U members will be able to access primary care, wellness coaching, and chronic disease management. In addition to a network of 60 affiliated clinics, Healthcare2U delivers primary care through dedicated on-site employer-based clinics and employer shared clinics.

A complete list of clinics can be found at https://healthc2u.com/locations/.

About Healthcare2U

Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering direct primary care, wellness, and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of 60 clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care with a focus on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com/.

Healthcare2U Expands in Texas

Clinics in Tyler, Waco Join Network of 60 Primary Care Clinics for Acute Care, Chronic Disease Management  

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Healthcare2U is expanding its network of direct primary care clinics for businesses and consumers with the addition of new clinics in Waco and Tyler.

Dr. Sharlet Slough of Slough Medical Clinic of Tyler and Dr. Karl Trippe of Waco Primary Care have joined Healthcare2U’s fast-growing Private Physician Network (PPN) of 60 clinics providing medical care, wellness, and chronic disease management.

“Texas ranks near the bottom of all 50 states in the ratio of physicians to population and these new clinics will enable us to serve the growing demand for healthcare. Through our advanced delivery model, Healthcare2U provides an alternative to traditional health insurance with affordable, convenient, personalized primary care,’’ said Andy Bonner, president, and CEO of Healthcare2U. “As Healthcare2U grows, we will continue to remain focused on combating disease with an emphasis on prevention and promoting healthy living.’’

Healthcare2U works with healthcare brokers and employer clients to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans to deliver direct primary care to keep healthcare costs low while promoting healthy workforces. Through the company’s membership-based model, no claims are filed for members’ doctor visits against the company’s health plan. Employee members can access same-day or next-day appointments with a $10 visit fee for each clinic visit. In addition, members have round-the-clock access to telemedicine practitioners.

Through the Tyler and Waco clinics, Healthcare2U members will be able to access primary care, wellness coaching, and chronic disease management. In addition to a network of more than 60 affiliated clinics, Healthcare2U delivers primary care through dedicated on-site employer-based clinics and employer shared clinics.

Healthcare2U is redefining how healthcare is delivered to improve the overall consumer medical experience while holding the line on employer costs. A complete list of clinics can be found at https://healthc2u.com/locations/.

About Healthcare2U

Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering direct primary care, wellness, and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of 60 clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care with a focus on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com/.

Savings 101: Healthcare strategies for self-funded companies

Self-funded healthcare insurance is on the rise among smaller and mid-size businesses looking to manage employees’ healthcare.

Through self-funded healthcare,  employers, rather than pay a hefty health insurance premium to insurers for their employees, “self-fund’’ premiums and assume most of the financial risk of employee health expenses. Employers pay claims through a third-party intermediary and can save significantly on premium payments.

In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare system, the percentage of workers in self-insured plans has been increasing. How do employers manage risk?

When it comes to maintaining healthy workforces, most employers face several challenges that could lead to significant costs if not adequately addressed. These challenges include managing chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension; prescription drug costs and hospitalization costs – all of which make up the bulk of a company’s healthcare spending.

According to the Integrated Benefits Institute, U.S. workforce illness costs $227 billion a year in lost productivity when employees are absent due to illness or when they are underperforming because of poor health.

How does an employer manage costs while also improving the health of their employees?

One strategy is to catch diseases early. By implementing a comprehensive biometric screening analysis of employees, potential problems can be identified early. Biometric screenings check employees for risk markers such as weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.

With this aggressive outreach, companies can identify moderate-to-high risk employees and enroll them in a company-sponsored health and wellness program. As these employees improve their health, they fall into a lower-risk category, which helps lowers healthcare costs.

A large supermarket chain based in Texas, H-E-B, has seen these savings firsthand. “H-E-B’s internal analysis shows that annual healthcare claims are about $1500 higher among nonparticipants in its workplace wellness program than among participants with a high-risk health status,” according to a story in the Harvard Business Review.

Another strategy to lower healthcare costs is to focus on those employees already diagnosed with chronic diseases. Caring for employees with chronic disease drives a large portion of healthcare spending by way of doctor visits, hospital care, and pharmacy costs.

Managing chronic diseases can lower healthcare costs, according to a RAND Corporation study. Examining a large employee wellness program offered by PepsiCo, researchers found that “efforts to help employees manage chronic illnesses saved $3.78 in healthcare costs for every $1 invested in the effort,’’ according to the RAND Corporation.

Working with a healthcare provider that understands the challenges employers face is critical. Healthcare2U provides a network of direct primary care clinics so employees have convenient access to the healthcare they need.

Accessibility and convenience are two big factors that keep employees from going to the doctor and participating in programs that will keep them healthy and productive. By keeping employees out-of-pocket costs low and providing easy access to healthcare, employees can better follow medical regimens. An engaged patient is a healthier patient.

Direct primary care physicians know the value of controlling prescription drug costs to the employee and employer and the importance of prescribing generic prescription drugs when appropriate.

Our team of doctors act as healthcare advocates for employees and employers in reducing the number of unnecessary tests and procedures as determined by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s “Choosing Wisely” campaign.

The Choosing Wisely effort has garnered the participation of more than 70 medical specialty societies who have published more than 400 recommendations of overused tests and treatments that clinicians and patients should discuss.

Having a board-certified physician as an advocate can improve the health of employees while providing real savings in healthcare costs.

Healthcare is changing rapidly, don’t be left behind.

Healthcare2U Adds New Clinic in Abilene

Company Expands Network of More than 50 Clinics for Medical Care

ABILENE, Texas – Healthcare2U is expanding its network of clinics providing direct primary care for businesses and consumers with the addition of a new clinic in Abilene.

Dr. Tim Martin has joined the Healthcare2U network of more than 50 clinics providing medical care, wellness, and chronic disease management.

“We look forward to serving the Abilene market and delivering excellent primary care to our members,’’ said Andy Bonner, president, and CEO of Healthcare2U. “As Healthcare2U expands, we continue to remain focused on treating diseases with an emphasis on prevention and promoting healthy living.’’

Healthcare2U works with health brokers and their employer clients to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans as an alternative to insurance to keep healthcare costs low while promoting healthy workforces. Through the company’s innovative membership-based model, no claims are filed for members’ doctor visits against the company’s health plan. Employee members can access same-day or next-day appointments with a $10 visit fee for each clinic visit.

Through the Abilene clinic, Healthcare2U members will be able to access primary care, wellness coaching, and chronic disease management. In addition to the network of more than 50 partner clinics, Healthcare2U delivers primary care through dedicated on-site employer-based clinics and employer shared clinics as well as telemedicine practitioners.

Healthcare2U is redefining how healthcare is delivered to improve the overall consumer medical experience while holding the line on employer costs. A complete list of clinics can be found at https://healthc2u.com/locations/.

About Healthcare2U

Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering medical care, wellness, and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of more than 50 clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care with a focus on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com/.