Wise Health Consumer Month is observed every February to improve awareness of the importance of medical self-care and wise consumer programs. This initiative of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine aims to highlight programs in the areas of medical self-care, disease management, smoking cessation, weight control, stress management, self-esteem enhancement, fitness, nutrition, women’s health, back care, senior health, and how to be a wise health care consumer.
- Get started by learning more about the observance. The American Institute for Preventive Medicine’s website offers a full toolkit to help you get started.
- Sit down with your local primary care physicians and discuss a powerful way they can improve their revenues while reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions: Transitional Care Management. The Medicare-reimbursed service pays physicians to monitor a patient’s transition back into the community after a hospital discharge. You can be their partner in this service that is being embraced across the country. TAG Partners has a complete TCM education kit to help make these conversations easy.
- Host an educational class at a local senior center to help Medicare recipients know about options available to help pay for services not covered by Medicare. These may include Medigap or Medicare Advantage policies. Here’s a ready-made community presentation on understanding Medicare.
- Team up with your physical therapy department and conduct a senior exercise class at a local place of worship. Concentrate on the benefits of an active lifestyle versus a sedentary routine.
- Sponsor a local health screening at an area shopping center. Conduct blood pressure checks and balance testing, and pass out customized patient log booklets. They are a great way for patients to keep up with vital health readings and for you to distribute your contact information to the community.