Compare Providers, Shop for Care, Save Money

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Are you considering an upcoming medical test or procedure?  Shop for quality and cost using the Healthcare Bluebook™ online transparency tool.*

Members can access Healthcare Bluebook by registering and logging  into www.starmarkinc.com > Health and Wellness > Healthcare Bluebook.

*Plan provisions apply. Healthcare Bluebook is not available to Washington groups or to members covered under a preventive-only plan design administered by Starmark. Before receiving care, verify your coverage and costs for services. Additionally, if you have a PPO plan design, or a provider network for specific services such as transplants and specialty drugs, verify the provider participates in the network. Healthcare Bluebook is a trademark of CareOperative, LLC.

 

 

January 31, 2019 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Opt into the Document Center for Access to Important Health Benefit Plan Information

This is helping me complete my taskWhen you opt into the Document Center, your Plan Document and Summary of Benefits and Coverage will no longer be mailed. But don’t worry about missing anything important! We will send you an email notification when a new document is available online. Opt in and start saving paper today.

For more information about the Document Center, click here.

January 30, 2019 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

Pediatric Care and When to Seek a Second Medical Opinion

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If your child is facing a complex medical condition, if you are unsure if surgery is the best option, or if there are other treatment options available that your child’s current pediatrician hasn’t recommended, it may be a time to consider getting a second opinion.

Certain treatments or approaches may differ from one doctor to another, for example, with recurrent ear infections, there are a number of approaches. One doctor may treat patient with repeated antibiotic treatments while another would insert ear tubes.1

If you are considering a second medical opinion, click here to learn about Grand Rounds®. You may also view a list of other key conditions for which you may want to obtain a second opinion. Members of major medical employer-sponsored, self-funded health benefit plans administered by Starmark have access to Grand Rounds, which provides medical second opinions from expert physicians specializing in the area of need. A second opinion is available from Grand Rounds at no additional cost to members and doesn’t require travel.

For more information, visit grandrounds.com/starmark.

Grand Rounds is not an affiliate of Star Marketing & Administration, Inc. (Starmark) or Trustmark Life Insurance Company.

1 When to get a second opinion. Parents. 1.2019.

January 30, 2019 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

2018-2019 Flu Season Information Released

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“So far during the 2018-2019 season between about 6 and 7 million people have been sick with flu, up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu.”1 

According to the CDC, the flu vaccination is recommended as the best way to reduce the risk of the flu and its potentially serious complications. Additionally, individuals who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should visit their health care provider early on for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug.

The following can help stop the spread of germs:

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

When you need care, you have 24/7/365 access to a U.S. board-certified Teladoc doctor.* Visit their website at teladoc.com or call 1.800.Teladoc (835.2362) to request a consultation. Click here for more information about Teladoc.

*A consult fee may apply and is subject to change during the plan year. Refer to your Plan Document for details. When requesting a consultation, members should use their Starmark medical ID number (found on their medical ID card) and reference Starmark (Trustmark) when prompted by Teladoc for their insurance provider. Star Marketing & Administration, Inc. (Starmark) administers your employer-sponsored, self-funded health benefit plan. Stop-loss insurance coverage is provided by Trustmark Life Insurance Company. Teladoc, Inc. is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark Life Insurance Company

1 CDC Provides First In-Season Estimates of Flu Illnesses, Medical Visits and Hospitalizations. 1.11.19.

January 29, 2019 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Thermometer on snow shows low temperatures - zero. Low temperatures in degrees Celsius and fahrenheit. Cold winter weather - zero celsius thirty two farenheitTake these steps to stay safe and warm during the winter months.

  • Check your heating systems in your home.
    • Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
    • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
    • Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds and call 911.
    • Keep grills, camp stoves and generators out of the house, basement or garage.
    • Locate generators 20 feet from the house.
    • Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.
  • Equip in advance for emergencies.
    • Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
    • Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Keep your car winter ready.
    • Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread, or if necessary replace tires to all-weather or snow tires.
    • Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
    • Prepare an emergency kit to keep in your car, which should include:
      • Cell phone and portable charger
      • Blankets
      • Food and water
      • Booster cables, flares, tire pump, bag of sand or cat litter for traction
      • Flashlight
      • First-aid kit

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter. 10.10.18. CDC.gov.

 

January 29, 2019 at 10:53 pm Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving! (Holiday Hours)

Warm wishes to you and your dear ones this holiday season.

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Holiday hours: Trustmark’s offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018, and Friday, November 23, 2018, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, November 26, 2018.

November 19, 2018 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Feed Your Brain These Six Things

Healthy salad with arugula,spinach,smoked salmon and berries

Certain foods may help maintain mental sharpness and prevent Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Try eating these nutrient-packed foods, which contain compounds that are beneficial for the aging brain*:

  • Arugula- A recent study found that people who ate one or two servings of leafy greens daily had the cognitive abilities of someone 11 years younger than people who ate none. Arugula, which helps lower blood pressure, and is very high in nitrates and compounds that increase blood flow to the brain by dilating blood vessels.
  • Blueberries- Some research has shown berries may lower Alzheimer’s risk by up to 53 percent. Blueberries are especially rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that may protect the brain from oxidative stress and strengthen brain cell communication.
  • Egg yolks- They are a rich source of choline, a B-complex vitamin that boosts brain health. Studies show that increased choline intake is linked to improved cognitive function, including memory.
  • Olive oil- A little olive oil on your food may protect against age-related loss of brain tissue. According to a study, researchers discovered that consuming extra virgin olive oil may safeguard memory and learning ability, as well as reduce the formation of two Alzheimer’s markers.
  • Salmon- This seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPE, which are essential for brain health. Omega-3s help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain that may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to Jennifer McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Walnuts- Plants with healthy fats, such as walnuts which are high in alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. In a study of adults ages 65 to 75 with higher levels of ALA and other plant-based omega-3s in their blood performed better on test of fluid intelligence, which helps with solving new problems.

Are you interested in learning more about nutrient-rich food that may be beneficial for health and well-being? Read this Prevention article: 30 Days of Superfoods.

*Prevention. The 6 Best Brain Foods To Eat As You Age. Jessica Brown. 12.18.17.

October 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

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