MIMA Healthcare Blog

Prior Authorizations Now Required For Just About All Health Requests

February 13, 2020

Prior authorizations (PA’s) are now being required by many insurance companies for even the simplest procedures and prescription drug medications. This is angering consumers and health care professionals alike.   Insurers are mandating prior authorizations for a widening array of procedures, drugs and tests. Heretofore, prior authorizations were traditionally required only for expensive, elective or…

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Insulin Prices Shaping Up As Hot Button Issue in 2020 Election

February 5, 2020

Insulin prices are skyrocketing, for no apparent reason, and it’s shaping up as a hot button 2020 election issue. The cost of insulin has tripled between 2002 and 2013, according to a study by the American Diabetes Association. In addition, Medicare Part D spending on insulin jumped 840 percent between 2007 to 2017, from $1.4…

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Your Eyes: Do You Really Know How To Take Care of Them?

January 22, 2020

Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body. Would you say that you really know how to take care of them? Could you recognize an imminent problem and identify it? Do you see your opthamologist every 6-12 for routine check ups?   These are basic questions that a Harris Poll recently…

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New Cancer Therapies Will Benefit Seniors This Decade

January 6, 2020

 New cancer therapies will benefit senior citizens in this new decade of the 2020’s. Seniors now living with cancer can look forward to better quality of life based on several medical breakthroughs. Statistics show that 80 percent of cancer diagnoses are in people aged 55 and older, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).  …

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body mass index

Body Mass Index Gives You Information To Stay Healthy

December 25, 2019

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an excellent tool that indicates if you are at a healthy weight. This information is important, as being heavy or obese raises your risk for type-2 diabetes, various cancers, heart attacks and strokes.   BMI is calculated by dividing your weight by your height.   In addition, keep in mind…

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FDA Gives Approval For Easy To Use TAP Blood Collection System

December 18, 2019

The FDA, this week, approved the use of a TAP blood collection system manufactured by the Seventh Sense Biosystems.   This device is simple to use, and in addition to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and medical centers, it can easily be used at home by individuals. This is great for seniors as well as anyone…

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Every Day Aspirin For Seniors With Healthy Hearts Can Be Harmful

December 13, 2019

Every day aspirin that is taken by seniors with healthy hearts can actually be harmful to their health, according to a published study in the New England Journal of Medicine.   The study examined nearly 20,000 healthy adults in the U.S. and Australia with a median age of 74. They found that a daily baby…

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Will Social Security Benefits Still Be Around When Your Kids Retire?

December 5, 2019

Will Social Security benefits be around when your kids retire? That’s more than just the $64,000 dollar question. You probably remember that quiz show, but your kids don’t — as they probably weren’t even born yet.   Right now, it appears that the program will tank for lack of money in the year 2035. According…

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Rapamycin

Rapamycin Makes Human Skin Look Younger, Reverses Aging?

November 28, 2019

Rapamycin, manufactured by Pfizer, is a protein that controls cell growth and metabolism in response to nutrients, growth factors, cellular energy, and stress. It’s is used as a anti-rejection agent in kidney transplant patients aged 13 years and older.   Researchers at Drexel University, first showed that Rapamycin improved cell function and slowed aging in cultured…

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New Strategies Seniors Can Use To Lose Weight After Age 50

November 20, 2019

New strategies to lose weight and keep it off are popping up just about every day. Many of these suggestions turn out to be fads or just useless. Whether you’ve battled weight gains for what seems like forever — it’s true that age can have a lot to do with the number on the scale. …

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heart failure

Heart Failure Deaths Among Senior Citizens Surging, Why?

November 13, 2019

Heart failure deaths are surging among senior citizens and the question is why?   This information comes from American Medical Association news published this month that deaths from heart disease among seniors have increased dramatically.   The study results show an increase of 8.5 percent from 2011 to 2017 after years of steadily decreasing. But,…

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Drug Side Effects Change As You Get Older, Be Careful

November 6, 2019

Drug side effects can change as you get older. Sometimes, these changes are for the worse. You need to be aware of potential drug interactions and whether any two drugs you’re taking, actually clash with each other.   Overall, 17 percent of adults over age 65 are likely to have a harmful reaction to one…

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Cutting Edge Technologies Spearheading War Against Alzheimer’s Disease

October 30, 2019

Scientists are now testing new cutting edge technologies in the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The hunt for a cure spans more than 40 years, with not even one success. Indeed, the road to a cure is pockmarked with failed drug trials, dashed hopes, and a dejected aging population staring into the abyss…

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Sleep Activates Immune Cells That Rejuvenate Your Brain

October 24, 2019

Sleep is important for many reasons, but new research in mice suggests that it’s most important function is to restore your brain to great condition for the next day.  Previous studies showed that sleep updates and consolidates short and long-term memories and also disposes neural waste residue. Scientists from MIT  found that immune cells called…

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Cost Of Living Social Security Benefit Increasing In 2020

October 11, 2019

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) will increase Social Security benefits by 1.6 percent in 2020. This comes out to an average of about $24 per month for individuals, the Social Security Administration announced on Wednesday.   This increase for 2020 is less than the 2.8 percent increase given out for 2019, but higher than…

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Natural Sugar Drinks Also Increase Risk For Type-2 Diabetes

October 5, 2019

Natural sugar drinks can increase your risk for Type-2 diabetes just as much as sugar-sweetened drinks, a new study reports. An international team of investigators from Harvard’s School of Public Health and Fudan University in Shanghai, suggests natural fruit juices and diet sweetened beverages, could also increase diabetes risk. The best protection is to switch…

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Blood Pressure Testing At Home, Do It The Right Way

September 25, 2019

Blood pressure testing at home is done by many people suffering from hypertension.   According to research presented last fall at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual meeting, 70 percent of the 103 million American adults suffering hypertension could get it under control by monitoring it at home.   Home monitoring assures that the patient…

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excema

Eczema Can Give Seniors More Than Just Very Itchy Rash

September 18, 2019

Eczema is a very itchy, red rash that is prevalent in senior citizens. As a matter of fact, statistics show that it surges in seniors, aged 60 and up.  But, this skin rash is not only uncomfortable, it can also cause other health issues as well.         Eczema: Causes Believe it or…

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sickle cell anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia, Causes, Symptoms And Treatments

September 12, 2019

Sickle cell anemia is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. People who it have an abnormal protein in their red blood cells. In the United States, most people with this disease are of African ancestry. But the condition is also common in people with a Hispanic background. Because the disease runs in families,…

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Freeze Your Credit And Prevent Against Identity Theft

September 5, 2019

So, what are you, an honest consumer supposed to do? Experts respond that one of the most effective protections you can do is placing a freeze on your credit data. It’s not difficult at all. At most, it should take you no more than 10-15 minutes on your computer. If you’re away from your computer,…

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