Men’s Health Update

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ByLehan Drugs

Lehan’s Drugs is excited to announce a FREE patient education seminar on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 focused specifically on men’s health issues.  We are dedicated to providing you with information to improve your quality of life.  Please join us for this exciting event!  We have a special guest that has dedicated his medical practice to treating Men’s Health issues:

Dr. Joseph Banno, M.D. is the nation’s leading Men’s Health urologist from Peoria, Illinois.  He is a senior partner in a multi-specialty urology practice called Midwest Urology Group.  Over the past 35 year, Dr. Banno has developed a Men’s Health specialty clinic and continues to educate patients on ways to improve their quality of life.  He treats all aspects of erectile dysfunction and offers satisfactory solutions including a minimally invasive procedure with a guaranteed erection every time!

We are excited to welcome Dr. Banno to DeKalb!

Dr. Banno

What:  Men’s Health update

Topics include:  Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and low testosterone (low-T)

When: September 18th, 2014

5:30 registration | 6:00 presentation 

Where:  1407 South Fourth St., DeKalb IL

Call: 309 202 3547 or email dj@lehandrugs.com to reserve your spot

A patient advocate will be present to discuss his personal story and how finding a solution to his men’s health issues changed his life.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot!

Meet Molly!

In CategoryAffordable Care Act, Health News, In the Media, Lehan Drugs News
ByLehan Drugs

Hello new and expecting mommies! My name is Molly Lamansky and I am happy to announce that I am your new Certified Lactation Specialist! I am currently studying communicative disorders with an emphasis in speech language pathology at Northern Illinois University. I have one more year of my undergraduate degree and then I’ll jump right in to my master’s once I graduate in May 2015.

Initially my passion was to one-day work with the pediatric population with infants who have swallowing difficulties and to help correct any issues that might arise. When I started working in the Mommy and Baby department last year I realized that I have a new passion.  I want to not only help infants with swallowing disorders, but also to help both babies and moms with breast-feeding any way I can.

Walking into the conference room at the hotel where the Certified Lactation Specialist course was held was a little intimidating! I was one of 29 women there for the class, the youngest, and the only one who wasn’t established in my set career. So there was a little bit of a learning curve. But I tried not to be too nervous and just soak in all the amazing knowledge that was given to me. It was one of, if not the best class I have ever taken! I learned SO much in those five short days and I am so grateful not only the to Lehan family but also a close friend at the store who helped me be able to attend; also to my own family for helping me study and keeping me going. It was such a wonderful learning experience and I am so glad I was able to do it!

I am excited to be here at Lehan Drugs showing new moms how to use their pumps, answer questions, and be there to support day or night (with a new baby parents might be up a little late!) Thank you for the opportunity to be able to work with all you new mommies and I can’t wait to meet you!

National Breast Feeding Week August 1st – 7th

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ByLehan Drugs

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Breast Pump Insurance Guide

In CategoryAffordable Care Act, Health News, In the Media, Lehan Drugs News, Product Info
ByLehan Drugs

Looking to get a breast pump covered by your insurance? Let us help!

 

Congratulations on your pregnancy or the birth of your child! You most likely have the adorable outfits washed and put away, the crib ready to go, and are basking in the feeling that very soon you will get to hold your baby boy or girl. One question you might be asking yourself, though, if you are planning on breastfeeding, is should I get a breast pump? At Lehan’s we are happy to help mothers find a breast pump that fits their lifestyle and unique needs!  In addition, did you know that many insurance companies are now helping to cover at least a portion of the cost of a breast pump?

While having a baby is an enjoyable experience, getting a breast pump through your insurance company might be a little more of a headache. To help ease that burden, at Lehan’s we have come up with some helpful tips to try and make the process as painless as possible (or as painless as dealing with an insurance company can be!).

Allowable Amount

If you call your insurance company, they might mention that a breast pump is covered at 80-100% of an ‘allowable amount’. You may think, “Wow! 80% of the cost for my pump, that’s fantastic!” but your insurance may not necessarily be giving you all the facts. An allowable amount is a set dollar amount that your insurance company covers for a specific item. So while they say they cover 80-100% of an allowable amount, in reality that may translate to about $60-125 dollars towards a pump. Another good thing to know about an allowable amount is that it only covers the breast pump itself, not accessories that can be purchased separately.

Deductibles

In addition, you may have to deal with that dreaded thing called a deductible.  You may know what your deductible is, but if not, a deductible is a set annual amount of healthcare costs that you are required to pay before insurance will consider payment for your breast pump. Though this may not be the case for everyone, it is a good idea to ask your insurance company about your deductible or have us ask for you. We are here to help!

Prior Authorization

Finally, some insurance companies may also require a prior authorization in order to pay for a breast pump. A prior authorization is a program that requires specific conditions be met before coverage is granted for the member. If your insurance requires a prior authorization, don’t worry, we can help with that as well. Typically it’s just a quick fax between the doctor’s office and insurance company.

Lehan’s Can Help!

So how can we help? At Lehan’s we will help in any way we can to make your breast pump purchase as hassle-free as possible. We can contact your insurance company on your behalf and determine your coverage level as well as any specific insurance requirements. To help, we will need the following:

1)    Your name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address

2)    Insurance ID and group number

3)    A prescription from your doctor that says ‘Double Electric Breast Pump’.

4)    Due Date! Insurance companies won’t cover breast pumps until the baby is born!

You can fill out the Breast Pump Insurance Form here: BREAST PUMP FORM

Products We Carry

So now that you know how to determine insurance coverage for a breast pump, you may be wondering which pumps are available at Lehan’s. We carry both Ameda and Hygeia breast pumps. Our in-stock Ameda models include The Purely Yours and the Purely Yours Ultra. These pumps contain an Ameda HygieniKit, which includes a patented diaphragm that prevents moisture & milk from entering pump tubing, includes an AC Power Adapter or runs on 6 AA batteries, and Custom Control settings which are separate suction and speed dials to help you find the settings that work best. The Ultra pump contains a few extra accessories including different sized flanges, a cooler with 6 bottles, and more.

Our Hygeia models that we carry are the EPS, EXT, and LBI. Each Pump includes: tubing, flanges, 2 bottles and caps, bottle inserts for smaller bottles, 1 replacement filter, an external electric power supply, independently adjustable speed and suction, and some type of battery option depending on the model. The EXT has an external battery pack that runs on AA batteries, and the LBI has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that holds a charge for up to four hours.  You also have the option of a cute and functional tote for your Hygeia pump.

If you are interested in one of these breast pumps and would like more information, or have questions on insurance coverage, please contact us and Michelle, our certified lactation specialist, will be happy to answer any questions. Our phone number is: (815) 758-0911 and our email is: mommyandbabysupport@lehandrugs.com.

Congratulations and we can’t wait to help!

You can also fill out our Breast Pump Insurance

Form HERE!

 

Mom and Happy Baby

Selling Your Healthcare to the Lowest Bidder

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ByJim

Are you a Medicare beneficiary?  If so, your healthcare has been sold to the lowest bidder, and we need your help to stop it!

Starting on July 1st, in DeKalb County and other areas around the country, certain durable medical equipment (oxygen, wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers etc.) will only be provided by companies who won bids for those items through an auction process held by Medicare.

So, what’s the big deal?  Everybody should be in favor of decreasing Medicare health care costs, right?

Under this auction program, however, Medicare made some huge mistakes that will affect your access to quality medical equipment and service.  The ONLY criteria used to pick the bid ‘winners’ in this program was who provided the lowest bid prices.  The bidders did not have to show that they are capable of setting up or servicing the items that they say they can provide, nor do they have to have a physical location in the area.  Many of the bid ‘winners’ that are supposed to service DeKalb County, in fact, aren’t even located in the state of Illinois!  How are these out-of-state providers supposed to provide medical equipment to residents of DeKalb County?  Local providers like Lehan’s were not awarded bids, but these out-of-state providers were.

Average Provider Distance from 60115 ZIP Code for Bid Winners:

Oxygen: 480 miles away (43% of providers located out of state)

Hospital Beds: 523 miles away (69% located out of state)

Wheelchairs: 570 miles away (57% located out of state)

Walkers: 381 miles away (39% of located out of state)

In addition, over 200 economists and auction experts have said that this auction was poorly designed and would lead to huge problems, but the government refused to change the design, and we are left with the results.  So, what can you do to help?

Please call your members of Congress and complain about this ‘competitive bidding’ process for durable medical equipment.

Rep Adam Kinzinger : (202) 225-3635

Rep Randy Hultgren: (202) 225-2976

You can also call 1-800-Medicare to complain about the program and how it will hurt access to medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries!

Information on the competitive bidding program:

http://www.cramton.umd.edu/papers2010-2014/further-comments-of-concerned-auction-experts-on-medicare-bidding.pdf

http://www.cramton.umd.edu/papers2010-2014/cramton-medicare-auction-round-2-results-30-january-2013.pdf

http://www.vgmdclink.com/uploads/library/e885d892bc7bb2a4a61d1a35f69f9b9c.pdf

 

 

Insurance Billing for Breast Pumps

In CategoryHealth News, Lehan Drugs News, Product Info
ByJim

When the Affordable Care Act went into place last August, one of the sections of the act addressed “Comprehensive Coverage for Women’s Preventative Care.”   One of the eight new preventative services included in this section addressed breastfeeding coverage:

Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling: Pregnant and postpartum women will have access to comprehensive lactation support and counseling from trained providers, as well as breastfeeding equipment. Breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive measures mothers can take to protect their health and that of their children. One of the barriers for breastfeeding is the cost of purchasing or renting breast pumps and nursing related supplies.

So, what does that mean for you?  Well, as a result of this language, insurance companies are now required to cover some type of breastfeeding equipment (either manual or electric breast pump, typically) for mothers who wish to nurse their children.  While coverage levels and equipment types covered vary by insurance company, some type of equipment must be covered.  For some insurance plans “grandfathered in” under the previous regulations, this may mean only a manual breast pump is covered.  Other plans cover a portion or all of the purchase price of a top of the line double electric breast pump.

As an accredited durable medical equipment (DME) provider, Lehan Drugs is able to 1) find out the type of breast pump coverage under your health plan and 2) bill insurance on your behalf for coverage of a breast pump.

Lehan’s bills all major insurances and carries a high quality line of breast pumps including Hygeia and Ameda, so if you are a nursing mother or soon will be, please contact us and we would be happy to help you figure out your policy coverage details!

Insurances that we bill include:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Illinois Medicaid
  • Health Alliance

Questions or concerns?  Give us a call at 815-758-0911 or email us at info@lehandrugs.com!

Yours in Health,

The Lehan Drugs Team

 

 

 

 

 

Probiotics – Do I need them?

In CategoryHealth News, Product Info
ByJim

Do I need a PRO-biotic when my doctor prescribes an ANTI-biotic?

What is a Probiotic?

Probiotics are live, “good” bacteria and yeast that live in your intestine. They help decrease “bad” bacteria and viruses that cause diseases such as diarrhea.

They can help…

Some patients treat or prevent diarrhea including antibiotic associated diarrhea. Also, probiotics can help with some other diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis (UC)  and Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), and even asthma.

How likely am I to get diarrhea from my antibiotic?

The risk of diarrhea is up to 40% in patients treated with antibiotics, and about 10% of women develop a yeast infection.  The best-studies probiotics reduce your chance of developing these side effects by 50-75%.

Is that the entire story?

Antibiotics reduce the healthy bacteria in your digestive system. Good bacteria have been found to reduce the symptoms and development of auto-immune diseases such as asthma and ulcerative colitis, help create essential nutrients for your health like Vitamin K, and protect your gut from dangerous bacteria like Clostridium Dificile.

Although you may not develop diarrhea from your medication, using a probiotic ensures the medication doesn’t damage your health while clearing your infection!

Not all probiotics are created equal!

Lehan’s only recommends products with the BEST evidence available for preventing antibiotic associated diarrhea and general intestinal and vaginal health.  Less expensive products may not be strong enough, have the correct balance of bacteria, or may not have any LIVING probiotic bacteria.

Still not sure???

Don’t hesitate to ask a Lehan’s pharmacist for recommendations to help you choose the right product for you or your family member.

Pro-Biotic Product Choices

 

Contents

Recommended Dosing

Promoted Uses

Florastor Saccharomycesboulardii (yeast) Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health. May take WITH antiboitics Prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea and traveler’s diarrhea
Culturelle Lactobacillus GG (bacteria) Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health.  Must separate from antibiotics by several hours. Prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea
Ortho Biotic Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium,and Saccharomyces boulardii Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health.  Separate from antibiotic by several hours. Combines the ingredients in Culturelle and Florastor: prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea
Florajen 3 Lacbobacillus Acidophilus, Bfidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health. Separate from antibiotic for several hours.  Refrigerated for maximum potency.  General intestinal health. Less evidence for use with antibiotics.
Florajen Lactobacillus Acidophilus Once daily for intestinal health.  May be used once daily as a vaginal suppository to support the prevention of yeast infections. Refrigerated for maximum potency.  General intestinal and vaginal health.
Yogurt(must contain active cultures) Lactobacillus 8 ounces TWICE daily during antibiotic treatment for prevention of diarrhea. Prevention of diarrhea, general intestinal health.

Flu Shots!

In CategoryHealth News, Lehan Drugs News, Pharmacy
ByBriana

Did you know that over 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to flu related illnesses?  Protect yourself!  Stop in to Lehan Drugs as we are currently administering the flu vaccine at both our Dekalb and Sycamore locations during all regular business hours.  Appointments are not required.  See you soon!

http://www.lehandrugs.com/pharmacy/vaccinations.html

Yours in Health,

The Team @ Lehan Drugs

Fish Oil – Are you getting enough Omega-3’s?

In CategoryHealth News, Pharmacy, Product Info
ByJon

What Are Omega-3’s?

Omega 3’s are a type of fatty acid required by the human body to function properly. Our bodies cannot make Omega 3’s on our own, so humans must consume fish oil through the diet or with supplementation.

There are two types of omega 3’s:  DHA and EPA. Both are found naturally in fish.

 

 

The Uses and Dosing of Fish Oil (Omega-3s)

When determining the correct dose of fish oil for omega-3s, you must read the label carefully.  The front label of most products will say “Fish Oil 1,000mg” however this is NOT the amount of omega-3s in the product.  Omega-3s are only a portion of the fish oil capsules and are the ingredient directly responsible for supporting vital health processes.

Fish oil products should have labeling to describe the amounts of omega-3s (DHA + EPA) in the capsules.   The “serving size” may be listed as 1 or 2 capsules, depending on the product selected.  This is important in determining the cost of taking fish oil, as serving size differs from product to product.

*As you can see from this example, although each capsule is 1,000mg, only 300mg are the DHA and EPA!*

The most common uses of fish oil are to support healthy cholesterol (primarily high triglycerides), blood pressure support, prevention of secondary cardiovascular events, cardiovascular support, and support of brain function. The chart below describes how dosing may differ based on medical literature available for each condition.

 

Most Common Uses

Recommended dosing of omega-3s (EPA plus DHA)

High cholesterol

(primarily triglycerides)

2000-4000mg daily

High Blood Pressure

3000-4000mg daily

Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention

2000mg dailiy

Heart Disease

1000mg daily

Summary of Scientific Evidence:

High Cholesterol (primarily triglycerides):   There is strong evidence that omega-3s help in reducing triglyceride levels.  On average, omega-3s reduce triglyceride levels by 27mg/dl.

High Blood Pressure: There is strong evidence that omega-3s support small reductions in blood pressure.

Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention: There is strong evidence that omega-3s reduce the risk of heart attacks and death in patients who have previously had a heart attack or stroke.

Other theoretical (unproven) benefits:

Arthritis/inflammatory disorders

Dementia

Auto-immune disorders

Asthma

If you have additional questions about fish oil, talk to one of our pharmacists today!

Yours in Health,

Jon Lehan, Pharm D

 

Influenza Vaccine (aka “The Flu”) Q&A

In CategoryHealth News, Pharmacy
ByBriana

What is Influenza?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness which presents as a range of symptoms from mild to severe. One common misconception of influenza is that it is synonymous with the stomach flu. Influenza and the stomach flu are two separate, unrelated conditions, and the yearly influenza vaccine does not prevent the stomach flu. Today’s blog will focus on influenza.

How can I contract Influenza?

Influenza is transmitted through droplets of moisture such as from sneezing or coughing. People can contract influenza at any time throughout the year, but it usually occurs between the months of October and May, with the largest number of infections occurring in January and February.

What are the symptoms of Influenza?

The condition can present as a variety of symptoms and can be easily confused with other health conditions. Some of these symptoms include muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, fever/chills, cough or runny/stuffy nose. Most people recover within a week of becoming ill.

Types of Influenza Vaccines

  • Influenza Shot: this is the inactivated vaccine and is what most people will receive when they become vaccinated.
  • Influenza Spray: this is the weak, active form of the virus that is administered via a nasal spray.
  • High-Dose Vaccine: this is four times the dose of the normal vaccine and is specifically for people age 65 and older, but has an increased incidence of side
    effects.

Who should get the Influenza Vaccine?

The CDC recommends that all people older than 6 months of age should receive the vaccine on a yearly basis. While young children and people over the age of 65 have the highest rate of infection, pregnant women or people with certain health conditions such as a weakened immune system, or lung, kidney, or heart disease can become very sick if they contract the virus.

Why should I get the Influenza Vaccine every year?

Viruses are continuously changing, and as they change, they are classified as different strains. Before the vaccines are made every year, scientists try to match the vaccine to the top three strains they believe will circulate for a given year. Receiving a flu vaccine every year ensures optimal protection from the most recent influenza strains.

When should I get the Influenza Vaccine?

You should receive the influenza vaccine as early as it is available, but it is never too late to receive it. The earlier you receive it, the sooner you are protected from the virus. Once you have been immunized, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to begin working, and the protection lasts for one year or longer for the included strains.

Who should NOT get the Influenza Vaccine?

  • People who are severely allergic to eggs
  • People who have had a major allergic reaction to a previous influenza vaccine
  • People who have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • People who are moderately to severely ill (these people should wait until they are feeling better)

What risks are associated with the Influenza Vaccine?

There are minimal risks associated with the influenza vaccine. The most common complaint is an injection site reaction. This may include pain, soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was administered. Additionally, some people may notice aches, headache or fatigue after receiving the vaccine. These symptoms usually occur soon after receiving the vaccine and subside within 1 to 2 days.

Posting by Samantha Keca, PharmD Candidate, UIC-Chicago