North Dakota Ranked As Nation’s 12th Healthiest State

By Ryan Schuster North Dakota was ranked as the 12th healthiest state in the nation in the 2012 America’s Health Rankings, down one spot from an 11th place ranking in 2011. The index ranked states by a number of measures, including obesity rate, sedentary lifestyles, prevalence of smoking, binge drinking, high school graduation rates, physical…
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Putting Patients At The Center Of Care

By Ryan Schuster The medical home model of care has been gaining steam in recent years for the promise it has shown in improving care coordination, bringing patients closer to their doctors and helping to improve the treatment of chronic conditions. Dr. Allan Korn, the chief medical officer and senior vice president for clinical affairs…
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Who Are The ‘Queens Of Colonoscopy’?

New print and TV ads from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota have helped four care providers at the Family Medical Clinic in Lisbon, N.D., gain a measure of notoriety. The “Queens of Colonoscopy” ads highlight BCBSND’s MediQHome program and how the program notifies medical providers when patients are in need of life-saving preventive…
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Are You At Risk For Diabetes?

By Denise Pinkney Yesterday’s story in the Forum about a man who didn’t know he had diabetes really hit home. Just before Thanksgiving, a family member of mine was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Since then, I’ve been trying to eat five fruits and vegetables a day as recommended by the American Diabetes Association to…
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Preventative Maintenance For People

Why do we take better care of our cars than ourselves? Many chronic health conditions could be prevented or better managed if we ate healthier and exercised more. Learn more