| Posted On Nov 26, 2019 | By:

Avoiding Unexpected Medical Bills

One of the most common complaints to health care providers and health plans comes when a patient receives a bill for a service that the patient assumed would be covered completely. In many cases, this is because health plans typically cover preventive care in total, but may not completely cover diagnostic care. And if a clinician provides both preventive and diagnostic care during the same visit or procedure, you may have to pay some portion (such as a copayment,

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| Posted On Mar 04, 2019 | By:

Colorectal Cancer: Prevention is Possible

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and as a gastroenterologist, I urge all of my patients to get educated about this cancer. The sobering facts are that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. However, the optimistic news is that colorectal cancer can be prevented or caught and treated early in many people through the screening tools we have,

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| Posted On Mar 30, 2016 | By:

Colon Cancer and the Importance of Screening

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer – which is cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, because colon cancer is often not caught until it is in its later stages, more than one third die from the disease.

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| Posted On May 14, 2015 | By:

The Top 6 Issues Women Bring to Their Doctor

At the recent bi-annual Women’s Health Forum hosted by the Mass Health Council, I was asked to review the top five health issues that women bring to me as their primary care physician. I couldn’t narrow it down to only five, so I came up with six – here they are!

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| Posted On Apr 29, 2015 | By:

Men and the Doctor’s Office

I’ve learned over the years that men, generally speaking, are not big fans of coming to see their clinician. As the prostate exam in particular has been a common source for sitcom material, we find we have to do a lot of encouraging with men of all ages!

But I have good news: what we test, how we test and how often we test have changed. I’ve listed some key areas of men’s health and our current thinking about the approach to screening and care.

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| Posted On Jul 19, 2011 | By:

Answers to some Common Questions about Health Screening Tests

I’m healthy and scheduled a checkup.  What “routine” blood tests do I need?

Surprisingly, few blood tests are recommended on a “routine” or screening basis.  Everyone should have their cholesterol levels (a “lipid profile”) checked at least every five years, even if it’s normal.  Your doctor or nurse will request that you do this fasting, meaning nothing to eat or drink for about 8-12 hours beforehand  (water, black coffee,

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