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  • MPP Infusion Centers® – Freedom From Migraine Headache Pain!

    Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is Behind Us – Are Your Migraine Headaches Still Here?

    At MPP Infusion Centers® our minds are always thinking of our patients’ wellbeing. While Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (June) has passed, our focus on improving the lives of our patients continues. This is why we are continuously exploring the most effective treatments for our patients. When it comes to migraine headaches, we know, they have got to go.

    Headache Pain Is More Than An Inconvenience.

    Headaches are life interrupters. They steal precious moments. Our patients tell us that those stolen moments are usually the big events in their lives – the milestone moments that they don’t want to miss. It doesn’t have to be this way. This is why our patients choose MPP Infusion Centers® IV Infusion Therapy. 

    IV Infusion Therapy Is A Headache Hack

    While trigger awareness and management are helpful in mitigating migraine headache inconvenience, IV Infusion Therapy can provide fast and comprehensive relief from pain, nausea, and inflammation. Infusion Therapy is time and cost-effective with the positive effects continuing for up to more than a month post-treatment. For more detail see our blog from last week.

    MPP Infusion Centers® Can Help.

    Our team understands that Migraine and Cluster Headache pain can be overwhelmingly intense. We want to help you regain control over your life so you can enjoy the freedom to be present for all the milestone moments that are important to you. From the smile that greets you at the front desk to the experienced medical professionals that oversee your safe and comfortable treatment, MPP Infusion Centers® is committed to your health and wellbeing.

    Our Extensive List of Therapies Now Includes VYEPTI™

    In our last post, MPP Infusion Centers® announced that we are excited to add VYEPTI™ to the high-quality and effective infusion therapies we offer our valued patients. Ask your doctor about VYEPTI™ today or call one of our Patient Care Navigators for more information @ 720-902-4111.

    Let Freedom Ring

    This weekend, as we join our fellow Americans in celebrating Independence Day, we are mindful of you – our patients – and how we can best serve you. We know that health and happiness are connected. This is why today and every day our goal is to provide you with solutions that support your wellbeing – your pursuit of happiness.

    Happy July 4th!

     

     

     

     

  • Alzheimer’s – What if we could reduce decline?

    10 letters that feel like a life sentence. 

    We walked slowly together, each step cautious and deliberate until we got to the kitchen island. I tore open the Amazon envelope and pulled out the Tangram Puzzle I had ordered. Dad read the box out loud, “Ages 3-5.” He looked from the box to me and smiled as he shrugged his shoulders. For a man that has forgotten so much, our father seems to well remember that this is quite a step down from designing complex data systems that have orbited the earth, landed on the moon and visited places light-years away. Now, it is his memory that lives beyond the clouds.

    The puzzle was delivered on April fool’s day. We laughed about that. Dad may not remember my name, but he remembers our relationship is special and that we make each other laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine, especially when there is no cure. And as of yet, there is not.

    Alzheimer’s cases and progression are as individual as the patient. But the disease takes a consistent, progressive, and cumulative toll on the patient and their community. The average Alzheimer’s patient lives four to eight years after diagnosis but can live much longer. Currently, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and this number is increasing. The disease is taking a toll and that toll is high.

    It is now September 21 and falling is in the air. Throughout spring we enjoyed little walks around the backyard that are no longer possible. Dad’s mind is forgetting how to direct his body. Falling has become routine. Gone is the summer sun that warmed us as we sat on the porch swing, conversing about “projects” that were in process in the remnant portion of his engineering brain. Now, our father talks to people that are not there, and when his eyes are not looking into the faces of the invisible, they are cold and distant.

    Winter is creeping in. The last particles of our connection are evaporating. Almost every night of more than 70 years our father has slept beside the sweetheart he found when he was 16. He now sleeps in a care facility with strangers that are just as familiar to him as we have become. His sweetheart sleeps alone. Her dreams are displaced by a statistical nightmare.

    In the U.S., Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death.

    We are reluctantly nearing the end of what Nancy Reagan called “The Long Goodbye”. If we could, would we keep him longer, in this state? Probably no. We know he must be tired. His life has become a cruel exercise of negotiating the unfamiliar. But earlier, if we could have delayed the onset – stretched it out a bit – reduced decline – so that he slipped away more slowly? Yes. Most definitely, yes.

    This is why I am excited that the FDA approved Aduhelm (aducanumab) for Alzheimer’s patient treatment.

    “Although the Aduhelm data are complicated with respect to its clinical benefits, FDA has determined that there is substantial evidence that Aduhelm reduces amyloid beta plaques in the brain and that the reduction in these plaques is reasonably likely to predict important benefits to patients.  As a result of FDA’s approval of Aduhelm, patients with Alzheimer’s disease have an important and critical new treatment to help combat this disease. 

    This approval is significant in many ways. Aduhelm is the first novel therapy approved for Alzheimer’s disease since 2003. Perhaps more significantly, Aduhelm is the first treatment directed at the underlying pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease, the presence of amyloid beta plaques in the brain.  The clinical trials for Aduhelm were the first to show that a reduction in these plaques—a hallmark finding in the brain of patients with Alzheimer’s—is expected to lead to a reduction in the clinical decline of this devastating form of dementia.” – fda.gov

    I hope aducanumab is the ten-letter word that gives you hope.

    I am grateful to the FDA for their commitment to exploring the full benefits of Aduhelm and for shining a light into the shadows of the families experiencing the grief of Alzheimer’s decline. And I am grateful for the providers that have stepped up to the plate to make this therapy conveniently available to Alzheimer’s patients.

    Are you or someone you know suffering from Alzheimer’s? Ask your doctor about aducanumab and let them know MPP Infusion Centers® is offering this therapy at our MPP Infusion locations, where IV therapy is administered by certified medical personnel for patients with prescribed medical approval. Our professional staff have experience with a wide range of diagnoses and are certified to administer treatment as prescribed. Our modern centers are designed to be welcoming and comfortable. We look forward to welcoming YOU.

    “WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY 2021. SUPPORT. AWARENESS. SOLIDARITY.”

     

     

     

     

     

  • National Nurses Week

    National Nurses Week kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, May 6. This is the week our organization chooses to celebrate our frontline team as well as the many team members supporting them behind the scenes. When I think about our MPP team, I am overwhelmed by their dedication to our patients and how passionate each team member is about providing the very best patient care. This year has provided plenty of proof; we hire the best people so our patients get the best care. A week is hardly enough recognition during a normal year, let alone a year full of pandemic change and challenge.

    We’ve Got P.R.I.D.E.

    When change and challenges come teams rely on each other and their common values. Every day, our team practices PRIDE: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Dedication, and Excellence. These are the values that helped us switch gears so many times during this past year, and the values that drive our team in our everyday quest to provide the very best patient care. As we emerge from this pandemic we do so even more aware that it is not just the individuals that make us who we are, it is the power of that collective community – our PRIDE – that has helped us move beyond surviving, to thriving.

    Proud of our P.R.I.D.E.

    Some of our leaders recently participated in a ZOOM discussion about @mppinfusions COVID experiences. It is amazing how swiftly and seamlessly each team member adapted to an ever-changing new normal. Recounting all of the changes and challenges our team navigated with passion, respect, innovation, dedication, and excellence revealed so much of our team’s character. As the manager of Human Resources, I am both humbled and proud to be part of this PRIDE. The timing of this conversation put a greater emphasis than usual on the importance of taking time to recognize our frontline healthcare workers – and the team that supports them – for their passion for patient care and the courage of their presence.

    Here’s to the Frontline Warriors!

    This year’s National Nurses Week theme is appropriately Frontline Warriors. I can’t think of a more fitting focus than the courageous tenacity of the many healthcare heroes that showed up when most of the world was shutting down.  MPP Infusion Centers® joins the nation in recognizing the contributions of these brave men and women. We celebrate your spirit and honor your courage. To our own MPP P.R.I.D.E., I send a roaring round of applause. Thank you for your boundless service.

    Traci Mueller || Human Resources Manager

    Multispecialty Physician Partners, LLC

    MPP Infusion Centers®

  • Becoming A Wise Healthcare Consumer

    It’s National Wise Healthcare Consumer Month!

    This February observance was established to encourage consumers to become empowered to make the best healthcare choices. Today, your MPP Infusion Centers® team offers you three steps to help you get started!

    Step One: Understand Your Options

    Americans are generally good at researching before buying a new car or appliance. We are not particularly discriminating when choosing our doctors or considering our healthcare coverage. It’s key to understand we have options and know how to compare them. In a recent survey, more than half the participants said they lacked confidence that they could reduce the cost of their healthcare by shopping around. Patients have a right to affordable quality healthcare, and in an environment where healthcare costs are increasingly burdensome, it is vital that we understand our options and leverage our resources to make good choices.

    Step Two: Leverage Your Resources

    MPP infusion Centers® has taken a proactive approach in supporting our patients as they navigate comparing their healthcare options. Each Open Enrollment season our patients are provided the opportunity to meet with a Patient Resource Specialist. This resource empowers the patient by helping them discover how each healthcare option might support their individual care needs. Celestina Kubicki, MPP Infusion Centers® Director of Revenue & Patient Resource Operations, notes “the tremendous response to this initiative illustrates that consumers want to be empowered with the information to make the best decisions for their own healthcare.” Identify your resources and leverage them when considering your healthcare options. Then, maximize your time with your healthcare providers.

    Step Three: Maximize Your Time

    Another step in becoming a wise healthcare consumer is making the most of your healthcare appointments. Here are three suggestions to help you achieve this goal. First, be prepared with written questions.  Patients often forget questions once the doctor comes into the room. Having a written list can also help generate other questions that need to be asked. Second, share information that provides your healthcare provider with a more complete picture of the patient’s overall health. This should include a complete list of all current prescriptions and supplements and in some cases, a daily patient journal. The better the information provided, the better the care prescribed. Finally, take good notes or record the appointment session so you can review the doctor’s recommendations. This can help minimize any confusion.

    Communication is Key

    I recently attended a regular check-up with a family member. Taking the 3 simple steps above allowed us to make the most of our time with the medical team. This good communication resulted in a reduction of the patient’s prescribed medications, an updated care plan that includes physical therapy, and cohesive execution of the patient’s care plan amongst caregivers. Being a good communicator is important in every relationship, and equally helpful when partnering with your healthcare professionals.

    Practicing Wise Healthcare Consumer habits will empower us to make the most of our healthcare opportunities and solutions. That is a great goal for February 2021 and beyond!

    Looking for a local infusion center for you or your patients? MPP Infusion Centers® are created by an infusion patient, for infusion patients. Visit our website now to learn more about the MPP Difference. We hope to hear from you, soon!

     

  • The Heroes Behind the Masks

    2020 and 2021 have so far been interesting years, yes? While there have certainly been some very real and sometimes painful elements of the past 12 months, we have found ourselves humbled by the spirit of the hearty humans working in service-focused industries and how they have remained dedicated, sharing their special mix of warmth and compassion as they continue to contribute.

    This is true of the many women and men that make up our MPP Infusion Team. We are so proud of them, collectively and individually. We think their contributions to who we are, are noteworthy. So, beginning today, we are going to pull back those superhero masks and give you an up-close and personal peek at our silver lining: the team members that make MPP Infusion Centers® the best place to receive your infusion therapy.

    Each month we will shine a spotlight on one or more of our amazing team members, sharing some interesting details about their superpowers and interests. Mark your calendars, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram so you don’t miss your opportunity to get to know some real superheroes.

    Until then, we tip our hat in your direction. You are part of what makes these times, times we want to remember.

    Happy Friday!

    Your MPP Infusion Team

  • Migraine Relief Starts Today with MPP Infusion Centers® and Vyepti™

    Migraines are painful.

    Have you heard the saying, ”better than a stick in the eye”? It describes something that is not very good by comparing it to something awful. I have never had a stick in the eye, but I can imagine it is a painful experience. I have had a migraine. Just once, and that experience has convinced me that a migraine is NOT better than a stick in the eye, not even a searing one.

    When my migraine began, I described it to my husband as an eyeball headache, which he found humorous. I must admit, I thought it was a little funny too…when it was dull. Apparently, there are no rules or boundaries for migraines; and as the day grew longer, my headache became stronger. By lunchtime, I felt like the Incredible Hulk and Thor were battling it out inside my brain. The pounding was relentless. My vision blurred and EVERYTHING became painful. Sunlight hurt. Walking – every. little. step. – hurt. Listening hurt. Talking made me nauseated; a feeling I avoid at all costs, so that hurt. Honestly, even thinking about it now makes me hurt. Thinking then was impossible, especially thinking clearly enough to be productive. The pain was so intrusive and rude… and mounting.

    Infusion treatments can help. 

    I would have tried anything to make the pain go away. Having read somewhere that most headaches are caused by dehydration, I powered through an amazing amount of water, to no avail. I tried some stress exercises. I tried eating, but since I was already nauseated, the more probable outcome was not comforting. Finally, feeling somewhat defeated by the pain, I took an over the counter pain medication, curled up in the fetal position under our comforter, pulled my pillow over my head, and got as close to sleep as I could with a  jackhammer pounding in my head.

    Sound familiar? That was one headache that lasted one day. If you suffer from chronic migraines, if you deal with the weight of an epic battle going on in your head regularly, you must be a superhero. I tip my hat to you for your endurance. Even superheroes can benefit from support. Infusion treatments can provide migraine sufferers with fast relief. They are a convenient, comfortable, and cost-effective solution for regaining control and enjoyment. Infusion treatments usually take about an hour and can be effective for more than a month post-treatment.

    Vyepti™ – “Powerful Migraine Prevention Starts Today”

    MPP Infusion Centers® is proud to offer our patients Vyepti™ – the first and only CGRP blocker given as an intravenous (IV) treatment. To learn more about this powerful migraine prevention solution visit the Vyepti™ patient or healthcare provider website.

    MPP Infusion Centers® are here for you.

    Looking for the perfect place to get your infusion treatment? MPP Infusion Centers® are designed by an infusion patient for infusion patients. Everything we do is centered on ensuring your infusion process is as convenient and comfortable as possible. Our team is knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate. Our clinics are designed to be stress-less spaces that welcome you and keep you comfortable throughout the entire infusion process.

    Life is too short to waste another minute without the relief infusion treatment can provide. We have a comfortable reclining chair and pillow waiting for you, where you can pull on a warm blanket, sit back, relax, and be infused with relief. Ask your doctor for a referral today, then visit our website to learn more about MPP Infusion Centers® and how we can help YOU experience relief.

  • June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

    The American Migraine Foundation has some amazing resources for you. Please check out their website and read what they are doing to promote Migraine and Headache Awareness.

     

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