Drug Take Back Day is TOMORROW, October 28th!

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Tria Health is promoting the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day which is tomorrow October 28th, 2017 from 10am – 2pm.  To find a location near you, go to DEA Diversion website.

Disposing of medications safely can help protect your family from getting or using medications that are expired or out of date; prevent the illegal use of unused medications and minimize any potential negative impact on the environment. For this reason, the DEA is giving the public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription drugs. This is a FREE and anonymous service—take medications back, no questions asked!

What You Should Know  

The DEA can ONLY accept pills or patches. The DEA CANNOT accept liquids, needles or sharps.

Last April, Americans turned in over 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

This initiative addresses both public safety and health concerns. Prescription medications left to expire in people’s homes are susceptible to misuse or abuse. Prescription drug abuse rates and overdose and accidental poisoning statistics are frighteningly high in the United States. Studies show that the majority or abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, or from home medicine cabinets.

The DEA now advises against “usual methods” for disposing of unused medications. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash now both pose potential safety and health concerns.

Where to Find More Information

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28, 2017 Drug Take Back Day event, to the DEA Diversion website

Invest in Chronic Care to Improve the Bottom Line, A Tria Health Webinar

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Join Tria Health for a learning opportunity to understand how companies can improve their bottom line by implementing Chronic Condition Management.

Health care costs continue to skyrocket, increasing the need for innovative cost containment strategies. On average, 20% of members drive 82% of medical and prescription health care costs. The key to controlling these costs is to help this high-risk plan population manage their costly condition(s).

Tria Health’s patient-centered approach to Chronic Condition Management (CCM) is a proven solution to improve clinical health outcomes and provide a cost-containment solution for employers.

Who Should Attend?

  • Self-Insured Employers
  • Consultants
  • Brokers

What Will You Learn?

  • The high costs and health risks associated with the mismanagement of medications.
  • How Tria’s chronic condition management improves health and reduces total health care costs.
  • See how one client saw a reduction in medical claims costs with effective chronic condition management.

May I Ask Questions?

Yes—please do! Tria Health will provide an opportunity at the end of the session for Q&A. We welcome an opportunity to clarify how we are controlling these costs.

When Is this Fabulous Event?

Tuesday, November 7th from 10am-11am, Central Time

Register today!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What Do You Need to Know? 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. In fact, 1 in 8 women could develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

The World Health Organization reports that “early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.” Make sure that you are practicing the recommended steps for early detection:

  1. Breast self-awareness
  2. Well-Woman exams
  3. Mammograms

How Can You Lower Your Lifestyle-Related Breast Cancer Risk Factors?

While there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are some risk factors that can be changed and may lower your risk of developing breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society reports that “a risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease, such as breast cancer. But having a risk factor, or even many, does NOT meant that you are sure to get the disease.”

Certain breast cancer risk factors are related to lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise. What can you do to decrease your risk factors?

  • Limit Alcohol Consumption

Drinking alcohol is linked to increased risks of breast cancer. “Compared with non-drinkers, women who have 1 alcoholic drink a day have a very small increase in risk. Those who have 2-3 drinks a day have approximately a 20% higher risk compared to women who don’t drink all.” Excessive alcohol consumption is known to increase the risk of other cancers also. The American Cancer Society recommends that women who drink have no more than 1 drink per day.

  • Get to and Stay at a Healthy Weight

Being overweight or obese after menopause may increase breast cancer risk. “After menopause, most of a woman’s estrogen comes from fat tissue. Having more fat tissue after menopause can raise estrogen levels and increase your risks.”

  • Be Physically Active

Exactly how physical activity might reduce breast cancer risk isn’t clear, but it may be due to its effects on body weight, inflammation, hormones and energy balance. “The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week.”

  • Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Most studies of American women have not found a link between breast cancer and fat in the diet. However, studies have shown that breast cancer is less common in countries where the diet is low in total fat, polyunsaturated fat, and saturated fat. High-fat diets can lead to being overweight or obese, which is a known risk factor of breast cancer.

How can you help?

Money posted an article on September 29, 2017 outlining different ways to give, outlining who you’re trying to help and shows explanations regarding where the money goes. The article identified the “five best breast cancer charities where you can feel confident that your dollars will be put to good use funding prevention research, education, and patient support.” Not to mention, by giving directly to a charity, you get to report the tax-deductible contribution.

 

 

Tria Health and MedTrakRx Golf ProAm raised $100,000 for Folds of Honor

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On Monday, September 25, Tria Health, a chronic condition and medication management company, and MedTrakRx, a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and division of EnvisionRxOptions, hosted the sixth annual Folds of Honor ProAm Golf Tournament at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Kan. The event raised a record $100,000 to fund educational scholarships for spouses and children of fallen heroes.

“For the past six years we have been actively involved in providing support for Folds of Honor through the ProAm Golf Tournament. We are proud to provide hope and healing to the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We continue to appreciate the support we get from our partners and vendors in Kansas City and across the country”, said Larkin O’Keefe, President of Tria Health. He added, “This year we were able to exceed our goals thanks to everyone who participated, especially our Title Sponsors, Rite Aid and Mediware.” Since the beginning of this event,  we have been able to raise over $400,000 for Folds of Honor.

Folds of Honor, established in 2007, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to families of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers in an effort to provide hope and healing. Of the 1-million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.

foh-kc_golf112During the event, 155 golfers, including 31 PGA professionals from country clubs across the country, took to the course to raise scholarship funds for Folds of Honor. Previous scholarship recipients, Ginger Ravella and Kelli Campbell, also attended the event sharing their stories and gratitude.

“When I was left as a widow at the age of 36 with five very young children, I felt our familyentire future slipping down the drain,” said Ravella. “Major Troy ‘Trojan’ Gilbert was not just a heroic F-16 pilot in the Air Force, he was the love of my life and an amazing father, leader and friend. His loss left a deep cavern in our souls. Yet, by God’s grace, Troy’s legacy of service over self, and the great, generous support of Americans, we found the strength to go on.

fallenFolds of Honor stepped into our lives at such an impactful moment. My kids began attending a Christian college prep school because of their Folds scholarships. My oldest son is now a sophomore in college and playing D1 sports with the help of Folds of Honor. We are grateful for the very tangible way Folds of Honor has honored Troy’s sacrifice by educating his legacy.”

Tria Health is honored to continually support Folds of Honor. If you want more information on how you can get involved in this event, please contact January Pointer at 913-601-5046 or info@triahealth.com.

 

Celebrate October with Tria Health!

October is an important month in healthcare! October is American Pharmacists Month AND October 21st is National Check Your Meds Day!

What is National Check Your Meds Day?

Consumer Reports found that 53% of patients get their drugs from more than one healthcare provider. Perhaps more worryingly, only 50% of patents have ever asked their doctor to review their list of medications and 35% had never had ANY healthcare professional examine their lists.” For this reason, Consumer Reports is sponsoring National Check Your Meds Day.

Lisa Gill, Deputy Director for Consumer Reports, says “Pharmacists are a terrific resource” for helping to identify problem medications. She also said, “My hope is that people take their meds to a pharmacist they trust.”

Tria Health’s specially trained pharmacists provide necessary education and coordination of care to improve condition management. Pharmacists are the best healthcare providers to identify potential drug interactions, medication side effects, and dosing issues. Tria Health’s pharmacists can communicate this knowledge to patients, physicians, and other healthcare providers.

Tria Health offers this service regularly, as part of our Pharmacy Advocate and Specialty GuardRx programs.

Comprehensive Medication Review (a/k/a Brown Bag Review)

A brown bag review is your opportunity to speak with a clinical pharmacist to review all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.

During this review, pharmacists will help you better understand your medications, and ensure that you are taking the right combination of medications for your individual health needs.

Ready for your Employees to Schedule a Brown Bag Review?

Skip the lines at your pharmacy and call Tria Health today at 913-322-8456!