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Navigating Healthcare

What is a nurse practitioner? And when to choose one for your medical care

More nurse practitioners than ever before are answering the call to serve as hands-on healthcare providers. A record number are currently licensed to practice in the US, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  But, you may still be wondering—what exactly is a nurse practitioner? We’ve got the answers and advice on what to …

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What to expect during an eVisit

These days, many events, gatherings and tasks are taking place virtually — from school to socializing and even receiving important medical care. To help you stay well without ever having to leave home, Baylor Scott & White Health has expanded our virtual care options. From video visits to messaging directly with your primary care physician, …

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How to make the most of your virtual care visit

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed almost every aspect of our lives. But as you adjust to this new normal, don’t hit pause on your health. Remember that your doctors are still here for you and all your healthcare needs. At Baylor Scott & White Health, we are constantly evolving our care delivery with your …

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Should you go to the doctor, walk-in clinic, urgent care or ER?

When you need healthcare, where you go depends on the type of care you need. In a true emergency, you should call 911 or go to the emergency room. But, keep in mind that the emergency room is for emergencies. If you end up there for a minor issue, you’re going to have to wait …

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How to make the most of your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is an effective health benefit for keeping the senior population healthy as they age. A Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is free of charge for people with Medicare Part B and is a great way for you to connect with your primary care physician. Completing your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit …

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6 things you should know about genetic testing

Thanks to modern medicine, we have more than 7,000 genetic tests that can potentially identify red flags for certain diseases. Genetic testing is not perfect — it can’t guarantee answers to all our health questions — but it’s a useful tool that can help arm us with information to consider when making health-related decisions. There …

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How to make the most of your next doctor’s visit

As family medicine physicians, we know going to the doctor can be nerve-wracking. Some may even find it intimidating or confusing — but it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little preparation and open communication, you can leave the visit feeling confident about your health and future. Next time you see your doctor, …

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