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Difficult Digestion? Dr. Edward Piken Offers Simple Solutions

Dr. Piken has practiced medicine in Torrance for more than 31 years. Dr. Piken is the former Chief of Medicine and the former Associate Chief of Gastroenterology at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Today he offers some simple solutions for the ...

6 Tips For A Healthy Digestive System

1. Eat more fiber. 2. Reduce your consumption of caffeine—especially coffee. 3. Don’t smoke. 4. Drink alcohol only in moderation (or avoid it all together if you suffer difficult digestion.) 5. Eat yogurt. It contains live probiotic ...

THIPA Brings the Holiday Spirit to Seniors!

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are here and so is the Be a Santa to a Senior gift drive. Every year THIPA partners with Home Instead Senior Care to provide senior “shut ins” with a holiday gift box in an effort to spread ...

Older Adults are Urged to Get Two Pneumonia Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has long recommended a pneumonia vaccine called PPSV23 (Pneumovax). Now the CDC also recommends PCV13 (Prevnar 13), for extra protection. Both vaccines help to prevent pneumonia caused by ...

Meet Carmen Morales, M.D.

Dr. Carmen Morales gives almost every senior patient the same important advice. “I tell them to always keep a pill organizer as well as a list that details what each medicine is for,” says Dr. Morales. “This is important because ...

Ask the Doctor: Are there warning signs of cancer that we should be aware of?

Are there warning signs of cancer that we should be aware of? I would advise any senior to be on the look out for fatigue, weight loss or lack of appetite. Any skin changes or discolorations, unusual bleeding or pain. Even a cough that does not go ...

When to go to the Emergency Room…

Visit the emergency room when you experience any of the following: • allergic reactions to food, animal or bug bites • broken bones • chest pain • constant vomiting • continuous bleeding • severe shortness of breath ...

Need Urgent Care? Go to a Torrance Memorial 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 over to the ER, consider that 30% of health ...

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

What is a Medi-Medi? A “Medi-Medi” is a term that describes someone who qualifies for Medicare who also qualifies for Medi-Cal. Who is Covered? Medicare coverage is based on your age or disability, but Medi-Cal coverage is based on your ...

Thank You for Your Service Loretta Morrow!

We say goodbye to Loretta Morrow, who is retiring as Member Services Manager after 16 years of service. For those of you who’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Loretta over the phone or in person, you know her kindness and compassion match ...

Diabetic? New help for getting all of your supplies!

Never worry about running out of your diabetes testing supplies or medications again. Certain pharmacies in the Los Angeles area provide THIPA members with home delivery diabetes prescription services and testing supplies. For more information, call ...

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

The Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period, also known as Annual Election Period (AEP) begins October 15th and ends December 7th. This is the time when you can shop for a new Medicare Advantage or Part D plan for the 2015 calendar year. During the ...

Want Help Paying for Rx Drugs?

If you have trouble paying for your prescriptions every month, there’s good news. You may qualify for extra help under a Medicare program. If eligible, Medicare could pay for 75% or more of your prescription drug costs including monthly ...

New Primary Care Physician! Maria Vollucci, D.O.

Maria Vollucci, D.O. is joining THIPA. Dr. Vollucci is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with 18 years experience in Family Practice. She treats patients of all ages but especially enjoys helping seniors manage chronic conditions such as ...

Confused About Medicare? Understanding these key terms can help…

Annual Notification of Change A booklet sent by your Medicare Advantage health plan (health 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. ...

If You Want to Change Plans…

If you would like to switch your Medicare Advantage health 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 ...

Three Ways to Compare Medicare Health Plans

1. Attend one of THIPA’s Medicare Benefits Workshops. You’ll discover the similarities and differences among seven different Medicare health plans. 2. Go to www. medicare.gov and compare Medicare Advantage plans. 3. Contact THIPA Medicare ...

Keep Your Plan or Choose a New One?

As a member of Torrance Hospital IPA, you can choose among seven Medicare Advantage health plans: These health plans are offered by private insurance companies that are contracted with the government to deliver your care. Your choice of Medicare ...

THIPA has 30 years experience serving the South Bay

Offers Leading Doctors: Choose from 350 primary care and specialist physicians to serve you. Self-Referral to Specialists: Enjoy direct access to over 70 self-referral specialists in seven specialties without seeing a primary care physician for a ...

Meet the Doctor - Bahar Hannah Zadeh, M.D., Primary Care Physician

If you fondly recall how family practices used to treat three or four generations of the same family, then you’ll want to meet THIPA’s Dr. Bahar Hannah Zadeh. Dr. Zadeh has an old-fashioned family practice on Skypark Drive in Torrance ...

Answers to Your Questions About Your Annual Wellness Visit

What is an Annual Wellness Visit? As part of your Medicare Benefits, Medicare covers an Annual Wellness Visit to your primary care physician to improve the medical care you’re receiving. This is a new benefit that went into affect in 2010. So ...

Hips Hurt? Knees Aching? When to Consider Joint Replacement

When your knees ache or your hips throb you can’t get to your medicine cabinet fast enough. But before you pop another over-the-counter or prescription pain pill, you need to ask yourself one important question… How is this pain ...

Top 4 Questions For You and Your Doctor to Answer About Your Joint Pain…

1. How long have you had this pain? 2. What is causing your pain? 3. When you have pain, what is affecting it? Is it stress? 4. How much damage

What’s hurting you?

FACT: Many people over 50 suffer from more than one type of arthritis Osteoarthritis - often called degenerative arthritis is from wear, tear and overuse of joints. Rheumatoid arthritis - is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. It happens ...

Soothing An Irritable Bowel

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world. Fortunately, it’s also very treatable. “IBS is characterized by a set of criteria called ROME,” explains THIPA President and ...
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