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Are You Just Feeling Sad or Is It Something More?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016

Everyone knows life has its ups and downs. Things happen. Accidents, unexpected illness and the death of loved ones can lead to feeling sadness, stress and worry. Under these circumstances, feeling down is natural and normal. However, if your sad feelings persist for more than a couple of weeks or months then you might be…

Tips for Staying Healthier This Fall and Winter

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

Tip One: Get Your Flu Shot SoFHA physicians want you to know that getting vaccinated is your best bet for avoiding contracting the virus this upcoming 2016-2017 season. It takes approximately two weeks for your body’s immune response to fully respond after receiving the vaccination. According to the CDC, people should get their flu shot…

Get a Handle on Tumbles

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

It could impact your long-term quality of life. The numbers don’t lie: Adults age 65 and over are tending to fall more than ever, according to a study published last year (2015) by the University of Michigan Health System. Falls are already the most frequent cause of injury among older adults – about a third…

Recent Studies Look at How Statins Reduce Cholesterol

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016

September is National Cholesterol Education Month and SoFHA physicians would like to alert patients to new research published this year (2016) related to statin drugs. Statins are medications often prescribed to reduce bad cholesterol or LDL (low density lipoprotein) in the blood. Having too much LDL is a primary risk factor for heart disease and…

SoFHA Walk-in Clinic Extends Hours, Making ‘Call-Ahead Walk-in’ Option Even More Convenient

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The State of Franklin Healthcare Associates Walk-In Clinic is making it even easier for patients to get call-ahead, walk-in medical care in the Tri-Cities. Starting September 1, the clinic will have expanded hours that run from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily – even on weekends and most holidays. It closes…

Qualuable Medical Professionals Medicare Shared Savings Program Performance Year 2015 Quality and Financial Results

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model that show physicians, hospitals and health care providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations continue to make significant improvements in the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while…

Avoid Making School Time, Sick Time at Home

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

While the start of a school year is an exciting time for kids – they’re anticipating new friends and adventures – it’s also when they encounter a multitude of illness-causing organisms in their classroom environments. Notably, germs that cause colds and flu have the capacity to survive on common surfaces in classrooms for up to…

State of Franklin Healthcare Associates Selected to Participate in New National Initiative to Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

State of Franklin Healthcare Associates has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 516 awardees in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Health care practitioners, such as State of…

Brave Up and Get Your Shots: It Could Save Your Life

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016

Few of us think much about vaccinations. But their value was made starkly clear in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released last year (August 28, 2015) by the CDC. The report stated that childhood vaccinations given from 1994 through 2013 (a 20-year period) in the United States will be preventing 732,000 early deaths, in…

Five Tips to Make Your Summer Safer

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016

Summer is prime time for vacations and fun, but it can also be a hotbed for trouble and misery if the right planning isn’t done or if precautions aren’t taken. Below are five tips to make summer road trips healthier and happier for everyone involved. Visit your local mechanic for a tune-up before you leave….