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19 Tips to Prevent Hospital Readmissions

19 Tips to Prevent Hospital Readmissions

The hospital may be the best place to regain your health. However, once you’re better, you probably don’t want to return anytime soon. Hospital readmissions are expensive and potentially harmful to your health. Here’s what you can do to avoid them. Hospital...

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Reviews Save Money, Ensure Quality of Care

Reviews Save Money, Ensure Quality of Care

AFMC has been doing utilization review for more than 45 years. AFMC’s review work helps providers meet quality of care standards and ensures that claims paid are medically necessary. Reviews help prevent fraud and abuse on behalf of both public and private health...

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Surviving a Heat Wave

Surviving a Heat Wave

Heat can be a killer if you don’t take precautions. June and July’s weather has been oppressive in most parts of Arkansas and there’s more hot weather ahead of us. Here are some tips to survive summer heat waves. What does hyperthermia look like? Hot weather,...

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Safe Fireworks: 25 Ways to Avoid Fires, Eye Injury

Safe Fireworks: 25 Ways to Avoid Fires, Eye Injury

If you love fireworks, here’s how to avoid eye injuries, serious burns and fires. Every year around the 4th of July, there are about 10,000 firework-related injuries, costing $100 million. Fireworks also cause about 18,000 fires that cost $32 million in direct...

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Keep Mom Healthy After Baby’s Birth: Know the warning signs

Keep Mom Healthy After Baby’s Birth: Know the warning signs

A precious new baby has arrived in your home and it’s getting all the attention. And, that’s how it should be. However, it’s very important to be sure that mom is recovering safely and completely from the birth. While most moms recover with no problems – except not...

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30 Top Tips for Safer Walking

30 Top Tips for Safer Walking

The easiest fitness activity is plain old walking. It’s a great way to improve and maintain your health, anyone can do it, it can be done anywhere (even in-place, while watching TV) and all you need are supportive shoes. However, since humans are involved, injuries...

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What Does Hunger Cost?

What Does Hunger Cost?

Finding ways to reduce health care costs can come from surprising places. One of the key ways to reduce the cost of providing health care to older Arkansans, as well as improve their health, is through food. Because many older people (almost 40% in Arkansas) have food...

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Summer’s Biggest Danger Is Preventable

Summer’s Biggest Danger Is Preventable

Keep your family healthy this summer with insect repellant. Whaaat? This summer, insects are going to be especially pesky, if not downright deadly. During the last 14 years, nine new germs that cause disease have been introduced into the United States. The germs are...

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Stop Mental Illness by Building Resilience

Stop Mental Illness by Building Resilience

Childhood experiences affect both mental and physical health for the rest of our lives. That’s why it is so important to give children a sound foundation for good mental health from the moment they are born. Mental and physical health affect each other in strong and...

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Arkansas Works: What You Need to Know

Arkansas Works: What You Need to Know

If you are on Arkansas Medicaid for your health coverage (also called Arkansas Works, formerly called the Private Option), you may have heard about some changes that will start June 1. The Arkansas Legislature has imposed a work requirement for some people on Arkansas...

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