October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s the right time to schedule a mammogram appointment

  • One in eight women in the U.S., or 12 percent, will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • An estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 41,760 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2019 from the disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in U.S. women and is the second leading cause of death in women after lung cancer.

We encourage members to take charge of their breast health. Having regularly scheduled mammograms to look for any abnormalities or signs of cancer, combined with new treatment options, significantly increases a woman’s chances of survival. The good news is more and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline.

Each October, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) campaign highlights the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Mammography screenings and clinical breast exams are recommended for women older than 40, and self-breast exams for women 20 years of age and older.

As part of NBCAM, Friday, October 18 is National Mammography Day. Women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment. Breast cancer screenings are a preventive benefit covered at 100 percent in accordance with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations under your employer-sponsored health benefit plan administered by Star Marketing & Administration, Inc.

If you are a woman older than 40, or a younger woman with a family history of the disease or other risk factors, consider scheduling a mammogram today. Men, encourage the women in your life to stay current with their preventive screenings.

Sources: American Cancer Society, National Foundation for Cancer Research

October 17, 2019 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Protect Yourself from Tick Bites

Spring is here, and so are the ticks. Here is some helpful information:

  • Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected tick
  • Around 30,0000 Lyme disease infections occur annually
  • People in New England, the mid-Atlantic states and upper Midwest are at the greatest risk
  • Ticks live in moist environments:
    • Mainly near wooded or grassy areas
  • To avoid ticks, try to walk in the center of trails and avoid walking through tall bushes or vegetation

It is suggested to use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picardin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or 2-undercanone.

This online tool can help you select what is best for you and your family.

Click here for more information about preventing ticks on pets and in your yard.

Source: CDC Prevent Lyme Disease.


May 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

Saving on Healthcare Costs Is Easy, Here’s How…

Follow these steps to start saving on healthcare costs.

  1. To access Healthcare BluebookTM quality and cost transparency services1, covered members can log in to starmarkinc.com > Health and Wellness > Healthcare Bluebook.
  2. Search for your Procedure.
  3. See the Fair PriceTM & Quality Ratings
  4. Select a Fair Price facility
  5. Save Money

Don’t forget to try the APP!

Click here to learn more!

1Plan 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.

May 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Sports Injuries Are One of the Top 10 Reasons for a Second Opinion

The Grand Rounds® second opinion service is included with our major medical and limited medical self-funded health benefit plan designs. By using Grand Rounds services, members can identify or confirm an effective treatment course, which may result in better outcomes and cost savings.

Watch this testimonial video to learn how a patient with Hip Dysplasia used Grand Rounds services.1

Other common reasons for a second opinion:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Joint-related issues
  • Chronic headaches/migraines
  • IBD/IBS/Crohn’s
  • Fibromyalgia
  • And, more

1Patient is not covered under a health benefit plan administered by Starmark. Grand Rounds® is a trademark of Grand Rounds, Inc., which is not an affiliate of Star Marketing & Administration, Inc., (Starmark) or Trustmark Life Insurance Company.

May 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

What Are Symptoms of a Stroke?

It is helpful to know the signs of a stroke so you can act quickly and get the person immediate medical care. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911. Treatment is key to preventing brain damage, long-term disability or death.

Stroke symptoms can include:

  • Paralysis
  • Numbness or weakness in the arm, face and leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Trouble with:
    • speaking or understanding speech
    • walking
  • Confusion
  • Slurring speech
  • Vision problems
    • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes with vision blackened or blurred
    • Double vision
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Severe, sudden headache with an unknown cause

For more information, click here.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About Stroke. 4.10.18.

May 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

It’s a Win Win!

When you opt in to the Starmark Document Center, you:

  • Get convenient 24/7 secure access to your important documents online
  • Minimize waste when you reduce the amount of paper documents received by mail

Learn more about the Starmark Document Center here.

May 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

Prepare for Allergy Season

It’s the beginning of spring allergy season. And, if you experience seasonal allergy symptoms, Teladoc® telemedicine services can help.

Most common allergy symptoms include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Blotchy, itchy skin
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing

Teladoc’s U.S.-licensed doctors are available via phone or video consults to provide care for non-emergency conditions like allergies, upper respiratory infections, asthma and more. Additionally, covered members can get a prescription, when medically necessary.

If you haven’t already, set up their Teladoc account so they can consult a doctor and quickly get relief.

For more information, visit www.Teladoc.com.

A consult fee may apply. Teladoc Health, Inc. is not an affiliate of Star Marketing & Administration, Inc. (Starmark) or Trustmark Life Insurance Company.

May 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

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