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TAVR: Heart Repair without Invasive Surgery

One of the most common and serious heart problems is aortic valve stenosis. It happens when the valve that sends blood from your heart into your body, hardens and narrows. As a result, blood flow is reduced and the heart muscle weakens from overwork. ...

Surviving a Stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer, but it’s the leading cause of disability. A stroke involves a clot or blockage to the brain. This can damage parts of the brain that you need to ...

5 Easy Health Tips for Summer Time Travel

Summer time is one of the most popular times to take a trip. But before you head out on a weekend getaway or a month long vacation, keep these five health tips in mind. Carry a full supply of medication. All prescription medications should be carried ...

Four Tips For Easier Breathing

1. DIAGNOSE YOUR ALLERGIES PROPERLY Make an appointment with an allergist to discover exactly what you’re allergic to. Most allergy tests are nothing more than a scratch on the back— no needles are involved. Within about 25 minutes they ...

Take The First Step: Are You At Risk For Pre-Diabetes

Find out your risk for pre-diabetes. Answer these seven questions. For each “Yes” answer, add the number of points listed. Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? (if yes add 1 point) Do you have a parent ...

The Truth About Aging and Allergies

“Many seniors have multiple medical issues and take several medications. That puts them at risk for adverse reactions to medications or medication allergies,” says Dr. Chiang. Medication allergies, or adverse drug reactions, are observed ...

The Care Coordination Center Can Help You Recover After Hospitalization or Chronic Illness

Studies have shown that people do not remember all of the instructions given to them during hospital discharge. This can affect your ability to recover fully and lead to further hospitalization. That’s why the Torrance Memorial Health System ...

Is Forgetfulness Getting the Best of You? Neurologist Ben Tseng’s Approach to Treating Memory Loss

Neurologist Ben Tseng’s Approach to Treating Memory Loss Photo: Ben Tseng MD, Neurologist, Torrance Health IPA Memory loss is one of the biggest health concerns you’ll ever face. Six out of ten seniors admit to having trouble remembering ...

"THIPA Care Management, you were so helpful"

“THIPA Care Management, you were so helpful!” - Betty, age 84, THIPA Member Betty has two daughters to take care of her. They ensure that the 84-year-old is taking her medication to manage her arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes. ...

3 Ways to Improve Communication with Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

#1 Repeated Questions? Write Down the Answer Patients suffering from dementia can’t store the memory of an answer to a question, according to speech-pathology professor Michelle S. Bourgeois of Ohio State University. Dr. Bourgeois recommends ...

Advances in Retina Care Reduce Your Risk of Blindness

Photo: Michael Roh, Retinal Specialist If you’re concerned about blurry vision, dark spots or floaters, you may receive a referral to Dr. Michael Roh. He’s one of six retinal specialists with South Coast Retina Center. “Seniors can ...

Are You Eligible for Extra Medical Benefi ts as a Medi-Medi?

A “Medi-Medi” is a term that describes someone who qualifies for Medicare and who also qualifies for Medi-Cal (California’s assistance program for those with limited income). Learn more about eligibility and the three Medi-Cal plans ...

The Care Coordination Center Helps Seniors Recover After Hospitalization and Chronic Illness

What is the Care Coordination Center (CCC)? A center for specialized care of patients with complex medical problems. It provides patients going home from the hospital with a 45 to 60 minute visit to go over discharge instructions with a doctor or ...

THIPA New Member Orientation

Receive your New Member Packet along with important information about the special benefits and services that you’re receiving as a THIPA Member. Free. Thursday, January 21 4:00 - 5 p.m. Thursday, February 18 4:00 - 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24 ...

Would You Like to Volunteer for THIPA’s Senior Advisory Board?

Nearly seven years ago, we created the Senior Advisory Board to get first hand accounts from South Bay THIPA seniors about their experiences with doctor and specialists visits, medical bills, dealing with health plans and much more. Those early ...

If You Changed Health Plans for 2016…

Double Check Your THIPA Membership: If you chose a new Medicare Advantage Plan confirm that the medical group listed on your new Medical Insurance ID card is Torrance Health IPA (THIPA). This is the only way you can continue to see your primary care ...

New Help for Seniors Suffering Non-Healing Wounds

By Karen C. Shum, DPM,Medical Director,Amputation Prevention Center When you have a wound that doesn’t heal, it’s very frustrating. You can experience pain, difficulty walking and even trouble sleeping at night. Worst of all, a small ...

Annual Health Screenings for Every Senior

Your Annual Wellness visit As part of your Medicare Benefits, Medicare covers an “Annual Wellness Visit” to your primary care physician (PCP). This visit is not the same thing as your Annual Physical Exam. First of all, there’s no ...

Vaccinations Every Senior Needs

As a senior, it’s even more important to receive scheduled immunizations to protect yourself against illness. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these vaccinations for everyone over age 65: Flu shot - get one every year. There are ...

When to Go to the Urgent Care Center

Ever noticed that illness often strikes when your doctor’s office is closed? Many people head to the emergency room where they wait two or three hours or more to see a doctor. But before you race to the ER, consider that 30% of health problems ...

Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period: October 15th-December 7th

The Annual Election Period (AEP) is here. This is the time of year when you can change Medicare Advantage or Part D plans for the upcoming 2016 calendar year. We recommend that you take a few moments to give your Medicare Advantage Plan a check-up to ...

Are You Eligible for Extra Medical Benefits as a Medi-Medi?

“Medi-Medi” is a term that describes someone who qualifies for Medicare who also qualifies for Medi-Cal (California’s assistance program for those with limited income). Learn more about eligibility and the three Medi-Cal plans for ...

Confused About Medicare? Understanding these key terms can help...

Annual Notification of Change A letter sent by your Medicare Advantage Plan insurance company that informs you of changes to your benefits for 2015. It is included in a big package of material, mailed around the first of October. Coinsurance The ...

Questions about your Medicare Advantage Plan?

2016 Medicare Advantage Benefit Workshops Sat., October 31, 10am –Noon Tues., November 10, 6:30 – 8pm Listen to an independent insurance agent compare the similarities and differences between seven different Medicare Advantage Plans while ...

If You Want to Change Plans...

If you would like to switch your Medicare Advantage Plan, then you’ll need the THIPA physician code for your existing primary care physician. You can get it by calling THIPA Member Services Toll-Free at 1-866-568-4472. Once you choose your ...
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