Five Common Flu Shot Myths That Are Not True

By Brandon Webb, MD

The flu is one of the most common infections in the United State and contributes to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 17 million workdays lost each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu — but many people still have lingering doubts about the effectiveness and importance of getting an annual flu shot. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most important things we can do to help prevent the spread of this potentially life-threatening disease.

Here are five common myths about the flu vaccine:

Turning Value-Based Care into a Real Business Model

By Laura S Kaiser
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Why should health systems start making the shift now to “value-based” care when so much payment still occurs on a fee-for-service basis? This question is answered in a new article by Intermountain’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, and her coauthor, Thomas H. Lee, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Press Ganey Associates.

Clearing up the Confusion: When Should a Woman Begin Annual Mammograms?

By Jason M Carlton

The American Cancer Society has issued updated guidelines for breast cancer screenings that say women with an average risk for breast cancer should begin screening mammograms at age 45 instead of age 40 - although women still have the opportunity to begin screenings at age 40, if they prefer.