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February 26, 2015

Three Rivers Medical Center can help

Louisa, Ky -- If you’re in the process of filing your 2014 taxes and learn you’re going to be penalized for not having health insurance in 2014, you may qualify for a special enrollment period to obtain coverage for 2015. From March 15 until April 30, the government will open a special enrollment period. By obtaining 2015 coverage before April 30, you may avoid paying a tax penalty in 2015 – and you will have health insurance that will help cover your family in the event of injury or illness. Just as it did for the most recent open enrollment period, Three Rivers Medical Center can help with enrollment.

For individuals who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of the tax penalty for not enrolling in coverage, this special enrollment period will provide an extended opportunity to purchase health insurance coverage for 2015. To qualify, an uninsured individual must meet these qualifications:

The uninsured individual will need to state they had to pay a penalty for not having coverage in the 2014 tax year.

The uninsured individual cannot be currently enrolled in a plan on HealthCare.gov.

The uninsured individual only found out they were going to have to pay a tax penalty when they were preparing their 2014 tax return. 

Those who did not qualify for an exemption and went without health coverage in 2014 will pay a tax penalty of $95 per adult or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater – when they file their taxes for 2014. Unless uninsured consumers take advantage of this special enrollment period, they may have to pay a tax penalty when filing their 2015 income taxes. The penalty will increase to $325 per adult or 2% of income for 2015.

“The good news is based on household income and dependents, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance from the government – or subsidies – towards the cost of the premium and other financial obligations like co-pays or deductibles,” explains Greg Kiser, CEO

The application counselors at Three Rivers Medical Center stand ready to assist the still uninsured in our community.  “We can help individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine if they’re eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options.”

It’s not too late, but the deadline is April 30 and individuals must meet certain qualifications. “Let us help take the frustration out of the enrollment process. Call us at 606-638-7494 before April 30 to avoid the tax penalty in 2015,” says Kiser. 

Three Rivers Medical Center has been awarded Joint Commission Top Performer distinction four years in a row.  The Emergency Department is an Accredited Chest Pain Center.  TRMC is a 90-bed, acute care facility.  It is accredited by The Joint Commission.  With over 80 medical staff members, TRMC offers cardiology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, podiatry, 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic radiation, rehabilitative services and mental health.   

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February 23, 2015

Recent frigid weather can cost lives and limbs...

Edgar is a retired mailman. Every winter there are a few snowstorms in Virginia where he lives. One day last year the temperature hovered around 10°F, and a snowstorm left 2 feet of snow on the ground, causing the power lines to snap. The temperature inside Edgar's apartment quickly dropped to 55°F. When his neighbor checked on him the next day, Edgar was confused, and his speech was slurred. He was taken to the emergency room where a doctor examined him. It turns out Edgar had hypothermia.

Almost everyone knows about winter dangers for older people such as broken bones from falls on ice or breathing problems caused by cold air. But, not everyone knows that cold weather can also lower the temperature inside your body. This drop in body temperature is called hypothermia (hi-po-ther-mee-uh), and it can be deadly if not treated quickly. Hypothermia can happen anywhere—not just outside and not just in northern states. In fact, some older people can have a mild form of hypothermia if the temperature in their home is too cool.

What Are The Signs Of Hypothermia?

When you think about being cold, you probably think of shivering. That is one way the body stays warm when it gets cold. But, shivering alone does not mean you have hypothermia.

How do you know if someone has hypothermia? Look for the "umbles"—stumbles, mumbles, fumbles,and grumbles—these show that the cold is a problem. Check for:

  • Confusion or sleepiness
  • Slowed, slurred speech, or shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Change in behavior or in the way a person looks
  • A lot of shivering or no shivering; stiffness in the arms or legs
  • Poor control over body movements or slow reactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

READ MORE HERE http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/hypothermia

 

 

 

 


Louisa, Ky -- Measles, a highly contagious virus, is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 102 cases of the measles in 14 states were diagnosed in January. The majority of these cases have been linked to a measles outbreak at an amusement park in California. 

Although measles were eliminated in the United States in 2000, the CDC said that in 2014 the US experienced the greatest number of measles cases since being declared eliminated, with 644 cases in 27 states. The majority of these cases were in people who were not vaccinated. 

“Vaccination is an important tool in preventing the spread of measles,” said Dr. Brandon Webb, an internal medicine physician. “CDC research shows that one dose of the measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if someone is exposed to the virus, and two doses are about 97% effective.”   

Measles is still common in other countries and travelers with measles continue to bring the virus in the US. An outbreak can occur with the disease reaches a community where groups of people are unvaccinated. To prevent the spread of measles, the CDC recommends that every child receive a first dose of the measles vaccination (MMR) after reaching the age of 12 months. A second dose is recommended for 4- to 6- year-olds. Vaccination is also recommended for adults who do not have evidence of immunity to the measles.

Three Rivers Medical Center has been awarded Joint Commission Top Performer distinction four years in a row.  The Emergency Department is an Accredited Chest Pain Center.  TRMC is a 90-bed, acute care facility.  It is accredited by The Joint Commission.  With over 80 medical staff members, TRMC offers cardiology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, podiatry, 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic radiation, rehabilitative services and mental health.   

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FEBRUARY 11, 2015;

 

If you have diabetes, it’s important to manage your diabetes ABCs. Many people don’t know that having diabetes increases the chances of having heart problems, such as a heart attack or stroke. The National Diabetes Education Program wants you to understand that taking care of your diabetes can also help you take care of your heart.

A is the A1C Test: The A1C test is a blood test the measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months.

B is Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.

C is Cholesterol: There are two kinds of cholesterol in your blood: LDL and HDL. LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, can build up and clog your blood vessels. It can cause a heart attack or stroke.

S is for Stopping Smoking: Stop smoking—ask for help or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

To learn more about the critical link between diabetes and heart disease, please visit YourDiabetesInfo.org/Heart.

 

By Angela Myhrwold

Louisa, Ky – Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States.  According to the American Heart association, more women die of heart disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. 

Eighty percent of cardiac events in the women could be prevented if women would make the right choice involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.  Make it your mission to learn all about you can about heart attacks and stroke. 

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot.  If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die.  There are a variety of symptoms beyond chest pain or shortness of breath – many of which go unnoticed by women!  

Stroke

Stroke is the number 3 cause of death in America.  Stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack) happen when a blood vessel feeding the brain gets clogged or bursts.  The signs of a stroke can include sudden confusion, numbness or severe headaches.  

Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appear.  With a stroke, minutes matter.  It’s very important to take immediate action.  Research from the American Heart Association has shown that if given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. 

Heart Care at Three Rivers 

Three Rivers Medical Center is recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center.  Chest Pain Center accreditation encompasses many facets of the hospital’s heart care program: direct patient care, clinical education and strategic planning for future program development. As an accredited Chest Pain Center, Three Rivers Medical Center regularly undergoes onsite review of its operations and patient care processes by a panel of SCPC experts. 

Join us on Friday, February 6th for National Wear Red Day by wearing red to raise awareness for heart disease.  

Three Rivers Medical Center has been awarded Joint Commission Top Performer distinction four years in a row.  The Emergency Department is an Accredited Chest Pain Center.  TRMC is a 90-bed, acute care facility.  It is accredited by The Joint Commission.  With over 80 medical staff members, TRMC offers cardiology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, podiatry, 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic radiation, rehabilitative services and mental health.

To learn more about our Accredited Chest Pain Center, visit www.threeriversmedicalcenter.com.