October 27, 2017

Top 6 Things You Need to Know about Our Out-of-Network Status

As of October 5, 2017, Mission Health physicians and hospitals are no longer in the Blue Cross NC provider network. But Mission is here to provide the care you need, no matter what. We want you to keep your doctor and continue choosing Mission Health for the high-quality care you have come to expect from […]

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October 27, 2017

Should You Be Eating a Plant-Based Diet? Benefits and Considerations

By Rachel Wyman Clinical Nutrition Educator Vegan. Vegetarian. Meat-free. Plant-based. No matter what you call it, there are many things to take into consideration when deciding whether you should change your diet to eliminate meat and other animal byproducts. Here, we take look at how a plant-based diet impacts your health and wellness. What the […]

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October 26, 2017

Talking to Children about Tragedies in the News – Expert Advice for Parents

By Jai Robert Kumar, MD When tragedies like the shooting in Las Vegas or natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Maria appear in the news, parents struggle with what they should or should not share and discuss with their children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers and childcare providers to filter information about […]

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October 25, 2017

Standing with Ben – How Mission Helped an Asheville Family Keep the Care They Need

When Jan King and her family learned that Mission would no longer be in network for their Blue Cross Blue Shield benefits, their reaction was understandable. “Our first thought was, ‘oh no, what now?’” King reported. “Our adult son, Ben, has tuberous sclerosis and has been a patient of Dr. William Huffstutter since he was three […]

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October 24, 2017

Community Spotlight – FEAST Asheville & Bountiful Cities

By Rebecca Alexander This summer, Bountiful Cities and FEAST Asheville partnered together for the Community Garden Support Project with funding from Mission Health’s 2017 Community Investment grants program. The Community Garden Support Project focuses on improving and maintaining three local schools’ gardens: Hall Fletcher Elementary, Francine Delaney New School for Children and Vance Elementary. Through […]

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October 24, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Heat vs. Ice when Treating Sore Muscles

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers this common question about treating sore muscles. Q: For sore muscles, when should I apply heat vs. cold? A: Ice is a good choice to reduce pain and inflammation in acute injuries. Examples of such injuries might include an […]

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October 23, 2017

Breast Cancer and Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know

By Leslie Verner, Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Mission Cancer Program Mission Hospital’s Cancer Program is proud to offer clinical trials to our breast cancer patients. But what exactly is a clinical trial? What are the benefits? How do patients decide if they are right for them? Let’s address these common questions. What are clinical trials? […]

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October 19, 2017

Healthy Kids – Keeping the Balance Between Family and Work

Arielle Lankford, NP, nurse practitioner at Mission Pediatrics Franklin offers expert advice on balancing work and family, as seen in WNC Parent. The wise and well known Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act.” While he was no MD, […]

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October 17, 2017

Expert Q&A – Shoulder Pain: Causes and Treatments

In this Q&A with David Pope, MD, we address the basics when it comes to shoulder pain. Q: What are some of the most common reasons for shoulder pain? A: The most common cause of shoulder pain that we [Mission Community Orthopedics and Sports Medicine] treat is what is referred to as “shoulder impingement.” This […]

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October 17, 2017

Insured by Blue Cross? Use This Checklist to Prepare for Your Care

Mission Health stands with you no matter what, and we are committed to providing you with the information you need to ensure you are prepared to make the best decisions for you and your family. That’s why we encourage you to use our Healthcare Plan Checklist to prepare for your care now that Blue Cross NC […]

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