Every day, more than 300 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for poison that was accidentally ingested at home, and two children die from it. (more…)
SARASOTA, Fla. (March 30, 2018) — Today, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) reached a final agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) on a new, three-year contract that will go into effect April 1, 2018. This agreement allows patients enrolled in BCBS health-insurance plans to continue to have uninterrupted, in-network access to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, its network of urgent and outpatient care centers, and its First Physicians Group providers.
With the existing contract set to expire March 31, there were concerns that Sarasota Memorial might become out of network for BCBS members. However, the new contract guarantees that there will be no disruption to patient care as SMHCS will remain in-network for BCBS members.
“Preserving our long-standing partnership with BCBS, and working together to ensure that our community has access to high-quality, affordable, comprehensive healthcare has been our top priority,” Sarasota Memorial President and CEO David Verinder said Friday. “We’ve appreciated the community’s continued patience and support throughout the negotiation process, and we look forward to continuing to work with BCBS to improve the health of the patients we serve.”
Food allergies are common among American kids, with nearly one-third of U.S. school nurses reporting at least one severe reaction to food among their students in the last school year, a new survey finds. (more…)
If you love exercise, one of the hardest parts of suffering an injury is being sidelined. But if you take the time to heal a sprain or strain correctly, you’ll get back in the game faster. (more…)
Come Sunday morning, the clocks will jump ahead one hour, but experts say there are ways to take the sting out of that time change. (more…)
Many of us will care for a parent at some point in our lives. If you’re shopping or cooking for Mom or taking Dad to doctor visits, you’re already a caregiver. (more…)
Does it seem as though the second you try to cut back on calories all you can think about is food? (more…)
If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. (more…)
“Exergaming” — playing video games that get you off the sofa and into the action — has positive fitness benefits that span the generations. (more…)
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed two of Sarasota’s longstanding neurologists into its First Physician Group (FPG) network last week.
Board-certified neurologists Dean P. Sutherland, MD, Ph.D, and Gregory P. Hanes, MD, officially joined (more…)
Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don’t take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds. (more…)
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently welcomed Dr. Paul Chomiak, MD, to its surgical oncology team.
A board-certified and fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon, Dr. Chomiak joined Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group network as Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology (more…)
You commute by car doesn’t just try your patience. (more…)
While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. (more…)
People who stick to their New Year’s resolutions to be healthier this year might not just feel better but also reduce their risk for cancer, a new study suggests. (more…)
When families and kids travel during the holidays, they must contend with crowds, traffic and unfamiliar surroundings. (more…)
Many of the offerings most associated with holiday foods can actually be good for you and, because they’re filling, leave you feeling satisfied with small servings. (more…)
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed two of Sarasota’s longstanding surgeons into its First Physician Group (FPG) network this week.
Dr. John Nora, FACS, and Dr. Russell Novak, FACS, officially joined the health system’s network of primary and specialty physicians on Monday under the new practice name First Physicians Group General Surgery at Medical Arts. (more…)
The family that plays an online game together may get more exercise together, a new study suggests. (more…)