Are multivitamins a waste of money? Editorial in medical journal says yes.
More than half of all adults in the United States take some sort of multivitamin; many do so in hopes of preventing heart disease and cancer or even to aid with memory. But an editorial published in this week's Annals of Internal Medicine says that using supplements and multivitamins to prevent chronic conditions is a waste of money. Read more.
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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and regular screenings are critical, especially in sunny Southern California. Even with adequate sun protection, skin cancer is far and away more common than all other cancers combined. Everyone is at risk to develop one.
Our complimentary Saturday skin screens, offered at our Laguna Beach office for those that live or work in Laguna Beach, continue to be one of the most popular services we provide to the community. Starting this month, we are now offering these complimentary screenings on Saturdays at our primary care office in Yorba Linda.
Please use our Online Concierge above to reserve your appointment and walk-ins are always welcome!
Caduceus 4 Kids is now offering complimentary EKG's, with or without a sports physical! Caduceus Medical Director, Gregg DeNicola MD, felt it essential to offer this test free of charge based on the increase across the U.S. of young athletes dying from hidden cardiac conditions, as reported frequently by multiple media news outlets including the Wall Street Journal.
Both existing patients and those new to Caduceus may take advantage of this free service. No appointment necessary, as EKG walk-ins are also welcome!
Open enrollment for those new to the exchange and renewing 2014 policies starts November 15th and ends mid-February 2015. Those that purchased plans through the exchange will be automatically renewed into their existing policies by Dec. 15 unless there is an interest in changing their existing plans.
If you are purchasing a new policy for the first time through Covered California, let us provide to you the following overview of the exchange.
The plans offered by Covered California will fall into four metal tiers - bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Your eligible plans will be determined for you based on your income level. Each metal tier corresponds to a percentage of the cost for covered services that would be paid by the plan. For example, a gold plan would be expected to pay an average of 80 percent of a standard population's expected medical expenses, with individuals covered by the plan expected to pay the remaining 20 percent through deductibles, co-pays, and other cost-sharing features.
The four metal tiers are:
Platinum - 90%
Gold - 80%
Silver - 70%
Bronze - 60%
There will be a catastrophic plan designed for people under 30 and those who can't afford other coverage.
Caduceus is actively participating in ALL Products/Tier Levels. After you have selected the plan and tier level that fits your budget, you can follow these steps to choose a Caduceus physician:
Caduceus enrollment is active and you can search for a specific Caduceus provider through Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and Healthnet. Please search for a Caduceus physician by first selecting your plan and clicking on "View Directory." If you are a new patient, please click on the "Our Providers" tab above before selecting the provider that meets your needs.
Have a question about your changing or new coverage if you are participating in the exchange? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the "Chat Room" at our Life Center and we are here to help!
*Submitting preliminary healthcare or insurance information or making an appointment with the practice does NOT establish a physician-patient relationship. That relationship is not created until the practice has completed a preliminary evaluation and then notifies the individual in writing that he or she has been accepted as a patient.