Taking Control of Your Health in the Age of Healthcare Reform

10 Tips on How to Be Your Own Personal Healthcare Manager

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) -  America's healthcare system is about to undergo the most fundamental transformation in our nation's history. An already over-stressed system must absorb 32 million new patients at the same time that the country's huge baby boomer population is likely to need ever more medical attention as they age. And many of our most experienced and talented physicians will soon reach retirement age, leaving fewer experienced doctors to treat more patients. These major changes will require individuals to take much greater control of their own healthcare to ensure that they and their loved ones are receiving the best care the system can offer.

Leslie Michelson, chairman and CEO of Private Health Management, has drawn upon his experience in the healthcare industry to create his top ten tips for managing your healthcare:

  1. Insist on being an active participant in your healthcare. It is crucial that you fully understand the nature of any health issues you face. Make sure your physician fully explains your test results and treatment options.
  2. Be smart about using your physician's time. Simple cold? Meet with his/her physician assistant or nurse practitioner. A more significant medical issue or concern? See the doctor.
  3. Evaluate how well your current physicians will be able to treat you going forward. Will you be able to gain access to the doctor in a timely manner? Are you seeing a physician appropriate for your life stage?
  4. Choose a physician aligned with a top hospital. If you suddenly need hospitalization, a top-level teaching hospital will nearly always be able to offer the most advanced treatments.
  5. Consider the "What If" scenario. If you need to see a specialist, will your physician be able to identify "best-of-best specialists" without regard to hospital, medical group affiliation or geography?
  6. Plan for the worst. Carry with you a list of all drugs you are taking, including the dosage and timing, on a laminated card in your wallet. Include any allergies and the name and phone number of your physician.
  7. Have all scans (MRI, CT, etc.) and biopsies read by more than one doctor. Depending on the test, 5-25% of all scans and tests are misread.
  8. Use only one pharmacy. If you are prescribed a medication that might negatively interact with a drug you're already taking, your pharmacist will catch it. This is particularly important if you see more than one doctor.
  9. Make sure your physicians talk to each other. Up to 70% of medical errors in the U.S. are due in part to communication mistakes.
  10. Use common sense. Question the questionable; obtain explanations; check references and historical results. Live a healthier lifestyle, don't smoke, etc.

Michelson used his 20 years in the healthcare industry to found Private Health Management, answering the growing need for specialized medical care and 24-hour service.

Private Health identifies and gains priority access to the world-class specialists, sub-specialists and facilities that are uniquely qualified to treat a patient's specific condition. The company offers physician-driven Personal Care Teams, available 24/7/365, to manage all clinical and logistical aspects of medical care. Additionally, in-house medical researchers are used to identify the most advanced diagnostic techniques, therapies and experts, particularly for those patients facing a critical diagnosis or injury.

Michelson makes regular appearances discussing the changing business of medicine at venues ranging from Young Presidents' Organization chapters to yacht clubs, with an upcoming event at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles. To schedule a speaking engagement with Michelson or to learn more about Private Health, please call (310) 248-4000 or visit www.privatehealth.com.