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Commentary: Is a CT or MRI scan really necessary?
Dr. Marc Mora discusses the risks and benefits of medical imaging, citing a recent JAMA study featuring Group Health.
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Got a mobile device? Group Health goes where members go
The online services Group Health members have come to love and rely on—including sending secure e-mails to their doctors, viewing lab results, and making appointments—are available through a groundbreaking mobile app. watch the video >>
Managing the Risk of Opioid Use for Pain
When Karen DeBella ruptured a disc in her back in 2005, the pain was so severe she couldn't walk. But she was concerned about coping with the recovery period that recommended surgery might involve, so she decided to postpone it for a few years until she could retire. read more >>
Go behind the scenes of a surgery as Orthopedic Surgeon Divya Singh does the "dance of the OR"
Everyone on the team has a role in a safe, smooth operation. A little background music keeps them all in step. watch the video >>
Patients Making Informed Decisions About Their Care
After Group Health introduced a straightforward video laying out the pros and cons of joint replacements for patients with knee and hip arthritis, such patients chose such surgeries at sharply lower rates, according to study just published in the journal Health Affairs.
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GHP doctors share a passion for teaching
“As a doctor, teaching the next generation of providers is professionally satisfying and fun,” says David Kauff, MD. “It reminds you of everything you know, what you don’t know, and reaffirms why we chose this profession.” read more >>
Group Health Gets Medicare 5-Star Rating
Group Health Cooperative's 2012 Medicare Advantage HMO plans have received a five-star rating — the highest from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We are the only combined Medicare C and D health plan in our service area to receive this prestigious five-star rating. read more >>
The results of our research institute’s integrated TEAMcare approach, published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that a study group of patients with chronic illness had greater improvements in blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as well as decreased depression scores. Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH, is a Group Health family physician and researcher who worked on the study. “There is a lack of mental health care that works in sync with primary and chronic care,” says Dr. Lin. “There can be no global health without mental health.” watch the video >>
Group Health and Providence Announce Creation Of A New Integrated Physician Organization
Providence Health Care (PHC) in Eastern Washington and Group Health Cooperative have signed an agreement to form a new jointly owned company that will create the region’s most comprehensive physician organization. The new organization will work with other health insurance companies and health care purchasers to manage care for patients across the region with more coordinated, seamless and affordable care. read more >>
A ‘learning health system’ moves from idea to action
In the United States, clinicians are struggling to provide better and more affordable health care to more people—while keeping up with new scientific developments. The idea of a “learning health system” is one proposed solution for rapidly applying the best available scientific evidence in real-time clinical practice. In the August 7 Annals of Internal Medicine, a Group Health Cooperative team describes the experience of turning this intriguing concept into action. read more >>