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HIP Service Area Expansion Affects GHI HMO Providers

New Prior Approval List

New Web Usage Requirements for GHI HMO Network Providers

New EmblemHealth Radiation Therapy Program and EmblemHealth Cardiology Imaging Program and HIP Radiology Programs Apply to More Members

Updated Fax Forms for: EmblemHealth Injectable Drug Utilization Management Program

EmblemHealth Consolidates Post Office Boxes for GHI HMO and EmblemHealth Medicare PPO

Claims Corner

Medicaid and Medicare Updates

Behind the Scenes

Case Management Programs

Stressing the Importance of Prenatal Visits

Well-Child Visits

High-Risk Medications for Elderly Patients

Healthful Aging Starts With Lifestyle Changes and Preventive Screenings

Talking With Patients About Urinary Incontinence

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

Assisting Patients Living With HIV

Treating Low Back Pain

Asthma Management

CPT Codes for Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Clinical Corner

News&Notes Archive

Talking With Patients About Urinary Incontinence

Although nearly half of elderly adults have episodes of urinary incontinence (UI), bladder problems are not a natural consequence of aging and not exclusively a problem of the elderly.

In 8 of 10 cases, UI can be improved. But since fewer than half of those with bladder problems ever discuss the condition with their health care professionals, the condition often goes unaddressed and untreated, keeping patients with UI at risk for rashes, sores, and skin and urinary tract infections.

Physicians can create an environment where patients feel comfortable raising the issue. Here are some strategies:

  • Initiate a dialogue about UI rather than waiting for patients to bring it up.
  • Frame the condition as something many people experience and one with many solutions, some as simple as diet and exercise.
  • Make clear recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that patients can act on.

For helpful tips on talking with your patients about UI, as well as information on diagnosis and treatment options, visit the National Institute on Aging online. Here are some other resources:

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