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A1C

A1C, or Hemoglobin A1C, is a blood test that measures the average level of blood sugar in your body over the past couple months, commonly used to assess and manage diabetes. It measures the % of red blood cells that are coated with sugar and a normal range for those without diabetes is below 5.7%.

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

ADLs are daily essential activities like cooking, eating, showering, driving, and going up and down stairs. ADLs may be impacted by certain medical conditions or with old age. At later ages or with disability it’s important to assess your ability to do ADLs or if you need help.

Advanced Directive

Advanced Directive is a legal document that outlines someone’s wishes and instructions in regards to medical treatment in the event of an emergency or for end-of-life care. Things to consider are resuscitation, organ donation, intubation, and the appointment of someone to make medical decisions for you.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Commonly referred to as Obamacare, the ACA is a healthcare law established in 2010 that sought to expand access to affordable health insurance and improve the quality of healthcare in the US.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive and degenerative neurological disorder that primarily affects memory and cognitive function, leading to a decline in mental capability, behavioral changes, and the inability to carry out daily activities. It is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA is a law signed in 1990 that mandates equal opportunity in employment, public education, transportation, governmental services, and more to those with qualifying disabilities. Examples of the ADA in action are handicap parking spots, wheelchair ramps/lifts, service animal access, and wheelchair accessible bathrooms in public.

Autonomic Nervous System

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is a division of the nervous system responsible for regulating involuntary bodily functions to maintain internal balance. It consists of two branches: the sympathetic nervous system, which prepares the body for action, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation. The ANS controls processes like heart rate, digestion, and pupil size, operating without conscious control to ensure the body’s adaptability to various situations.

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Bariatrician

Bariatricians, also known as Bariatric physicians, specialize in the medical treatment of obesity and related disorders. Bariatricians are often confused with bariatric surgeons who perform weight-loss surgeries.

Behavioral Health (BH)

Behavioral health is a type of healthcare that encompasses emotions and behaviors that affect your health like mental health disorders and substance abuse. BH recognizes the interconnectedness of mental and physical health and focuses on diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental health problems—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) and drug rehab are two examples of BH in action.

Beta-Blocker

A Beta Blockers is a type of drug that hinders the effects of adrenaline(epinephrine) and other stress hormones in the body, typically used to treat cardiovascular problems like hypertension and arrhythmia.

Birth Control

Birth control is a broad term, but typically refers to hormonal birth control pills used to prevent pregnancy in women, though can refer to a number of birth control methods like contraceptives(condoms), intrauterine devices(IUDs), or procedures to permanently prevent pregnancy like vasectomies(male) or tubal ligation(female).

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CalFresh

Known previously as the Food Stamp Program and nationally as SNAP(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), CalFresh is California’s government assistance program that provides low income individuals and families with money to buy food with the goal of improving nutrition. Learn more here: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/calfresh

Cardiologist

Cardiologists are heart doctors who treat diseases that affect the heart and cardiovascular system like high blood pressure, heart attack, and coronary artery disease.

Care Coordinator (CC)

A Titanium Care Coordinator provides care coordination and connection to services and social support for Enhanced Care Management members, including appointment scheduling and referrals.

Cataracts

Cataracts are a gradual clouding of the eye, caused by protein accumulation in the lens. It’s an age related disease, with over 50% of Americans having it or having undergone the surgery to correct it by age 80. Risk factors include genetics, smoking, diabetes, and excessive sun exposure. Regular eye check-ups are crucial, especially as you age for early detection. Although extremely common, the surgery is 95% effective in restoring vision.

Central Nervous System (CNS)

The Central Nervous System is the core part of the nervous system, consisting of the brain and the spinal cord and is responsible for transmitting and processing sensory information, controlling bodily functions, and responding to the environment.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to stop or slow the growth of rapidly multiplying cancer cells. The type and amount of chemotherapy depends on the type of cancer and severity and is usually employed with other cancer treatments like radiation.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a progressive lung disease that is characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways, leading to restricted airflow, breathing issues, and symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath. COPD is mainly caused by long term smoking or exposure to other dangerous air particles. There are many treatments for COPD like corticosteroid inhalers, bronchodilators, and quitting smoking or changing one’s environment.

Claim

In insurance, a claim is a formal request from a healthcare provider to an insurance company for a payment of medical services.

Code status

Code status refers to a set of medical directives or orders indicating the level of medical interventions a patient wishes to receive in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Commonly expressed as “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) or “Full Code,” code status reflects a patient’s preferences regarding CPR, intubation, and other life-sustaining measures.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a structured and practical form of psychotherapy, effective for a number of mental illnesses like anxiety and OCD, that targets the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors where patients work with therapists to identify and modify negative thought patterns that contribute to emotional distress and negative behaviors.

Coinsurance

Coinsurance is the percentage of the total cost of a covered healthcare service that an individual is required to pay out-of-pocket for after meeting their deductible for their health insurance plan. The remaining portion of the cost is covered by the insurance company.

Copay

A copay is the amount one must pay for medical care or a prescription while the insurance company will cover the rest. This is either a fixed amount according to the specific prescription or service, or more rarely a percentage of the cost.

CT Scan

Computer Axial Tomography AKA CT or CAT scans take and combine multiple X Ray images from different angles to create 3D images and are commonly used to look at soft tissue and bones in the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Because of the highly detailed images created, CT scans are used for both diagnosis and in preparation for procedures and surgeries.

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Deductible

A deductible is the amount of money an insurance holder must pay before the insurance company begins to cover medical costs.

Dialysis

A medical procedure that filters and purifies a person’s blood when their kidneys are unable to perform this vital function adequately.

Diabetes Type I

Type I Diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes,is a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by the attack on insulin production centers in the pancreas. This makes patients rely solely on external insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

Diabetes Type II

Type II Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition characterized by insulin resistance and inadequate insulin production, leading to elevated blood sugar levels. It can affect individuals of any weight or fitness level, but risk factors include genetics, age, ethnicity, and lifestyle choices. Management involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and, in some cases, medication.

DEXA Scan

A DEXA(Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) Scan is used to measure bone density to diagnose osteoporosis and assess fractures

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

The DSM is a handbook used by medical professionals in the US to diagnose mental disorders consistently and accurately. The current edition is the DSM-5 TR(text revision).

Diverticulitis

A condition where small pouches in the walls of the colon become inflamed or infected, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, and digestive issues. Treatment may involve antibiotics and dietary changes.

DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)

A medical order that indicates a person does not want CPR in the event of a medical emergency, documented in an advance directive with the help of doctors and family members.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

Durable Medical Equipment is specialized medical devices used continuously for long periods to treat chronic conditions like oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, and sleep apnea machines.

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Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)

EBT is the system for distributing government assistance to individuals. It works by loading funds onto an individual’s card which can be used towards authorized purchases like food in the case of the SNAP program.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS are mobile medical care that provides treatment and transportation to hospitals ASAP for emergencies and accidents. Staffed by EMTs and paramedics that provide timely and potentially life-saving care.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMTs are the first responders with EMS who are trained to provide life saving care for emergencies and accidents. They’re the people in the ambulance.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is a type of therapy effective for PTSD, anxiety, and depression that attempts to desensitize the individual to their trauma through a process talking about it while they are stimulated rhythmically in some other way, usually with eye movement though it can be done with sound, helping them reprocess what happened to them.

Endocrinologist

An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hormone and hormone gland related diseases which compromise our bodies’ endocrine systems. Endocrinologists deal with many distinct diseases such as diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and sex hormone related diseases.

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Fair Market Rent

Fair Market Rent is the estimated rental cost of a well maintained rental property of a particular size in a specific area. This number is determined by local public housing agencies(PHAs) and is used as a guideline for determining the amount of rental assistance one will receive in a housing program like Section 8.

Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease is a condition characterized by the accumulation of excess fat in the liver, often associated with obesity and metabolic disorders; it can progress to more severe liver conditions if not managed.

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Gallbladder

The Gallbladder is a small organ that stores bile, a compound produced by the liver that is necessary to break down fats in the small intestine for digestion.

Gastroenterologist

A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and dysfunction in the digestive system which includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Geriatrics

Geriatrics is a branch of medicine focusing on the healthcare and well-being of elderly individuals, addressing their unique medical, social, and psychological needs.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye condition characterized by increased pressure inside the eye, leading to damage of the optic nerve(what relays your vision to the brain) and potential vision loss. It often progresses without noticeable symptoms, making regular eye exams important for early detection and management. Treatment may involve medications, laser therapy, or surgery to control intraocular pressure and preserve vision.

Graves Disease

Graves Disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid, causing an overproduction of thyroid hormones(hyperthyroidism). Symptoms can include enlarged thyroid, anxiety and mood swings, bulging eyes, tremors and many others as the thyroid influences most systems in the body. Effective treatments for Graves Disease include surgery to remove part of the thyroid, medication to control thyroid, or radioactive iodine therapy which can destroy part of the thyroid.

Gynecologist

A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in the health of the female reproductive system who is trained to diagnose and treat various conditions like cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections.

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Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto’s Disease, or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland, also known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, that causes inflammation of the thyroid leading to hypothyroidism. Potential symptoms are weight gain, cold intolerance, and fatigue.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)

HMOs are a type of health insurance plan that prioritizes preventative care with lower premiums. Members choose from a range of in-network primary care physicians(PCPs) and are referred out to in-network specialists from there. When choosing a healthcare plan, consider factors like your healthcare needs and frequency, doctors you already like, and distance to in-network doctors.

Hepatologist

A Hepatologist is a doctor who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases and disorders, providing specialized care for conditions affecting the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and related organs.

Housing Navigator (HN)

A Titanium Housing Navigator is responsible for providing support and assistance to Enhanced Care Management members and their families experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their housing.

HUD

HUD stands for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a federal agency that oversees housing programs and laws like Section 8 housing, assists in disaster recovery, and oversees community development projects.

Hypertension

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a medical condition characterized by consistently elevated blood pressure in the arteries. Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps it throughout the body.Hypertension can lead to serious health complications if left untreated, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and other cardiovascular issues

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition characterized by an overactive thyroid gland that produces excessive amounts of thyroid hormones, leading to symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, weight loss, anxiety, and heat sensitivity.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition characterized by an underactive thyroid gland that produces insufficient thyroid hormones, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, and sluggishness. Treatment typically involves thyroid hormone replacement therapy to restore hormone levels to normal.

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In Network

In insurance speak, when a doctor is in network, it means they have an agreement with your insurance provider and they offer services at negotiated rates for insurance holders.

In House Supportive Services (IHSS)

IHSS is a California program that provides assistance with activities of daily living(ADLS) and personal care to eligible elderly, blind, and disabled individuals, allowing them to remain in their own homes and communities rather than moving to long-term care facilities.

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Jaundice

A condition characterized by yellowing of the skin and eyes from a build up of a yellow pigment called bilirubin, often indicating liver problems or issues with the bile duct. A common cause of Jaundice is liver cirrhosis from chronic alcohol abuse, but interestingly enough Jaundice is common in newborn babies that typically resolves itself.

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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys when certain substances in the urine, such as calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus, become highly concentrated. These stones can vary in size and may cause intense pain as they pass through the urinary tract.

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Lead Care Manager (LCM)

The Titanium Lead Care Manager (LCM) is responsible for assisting members and their families in obtaining and understanding services and programs available through the Enhanced Care Management program in order to improve their health and overall well-being. The Lead Care Manager is a member facing, community based care management role, wherein populations of focus are sought out, engaged, assessed, enrolled, and advocated for.

Leukemia

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow characterized by the excessive production of abnormal white blood cells, hindering the normal functioning of blood cells. It is classified into acute and chronic types, with subtypes such as lymphoblastic and myeloid, and treatment involves therapies like chemotherapy, radiation, and stem cell transplantation.

Liver

The liver is the superhero of your body, quietly working behind the scenes to keep you healthy. It’s your body’s largest internal organ and wears many hats, filtering out toxins, helping digest food, storing energy, and even making proteins that help your blood clot. The liver is actually responsible for over 500 vital functions, so while you might not think about it much, it’s a vital player in your well-being. To keep it in top shape, give it some love with a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and go easy on alcohol and processed foods. Your liver will thank you.

Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal lymphocytes(immune cells); it includes two main types, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Symptoms often include swollen lymph nodes, fever, weight loss, and fatigue, and treatment may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRIs are a type of imaging technology that uses radio waves and magnetic rays to take highly detailed internal structures of the body. MRIs are very useful in diagnosing and learning more about conditions of soft tissue like the brain, joints, and organs.

Myeloma

Myeloma is a blood cancer that originates in plasma cells within the bone marrow, resulting in the overproduction of abnormal antibodies and potential complications like bone weakening and kidney issues. Treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach, often incorporating chemotherapy, immunomodulatory drugs, and, in certain cases, stem cell transplantation.

Liver

The liver is the superhero of your body, quietly working behind the scenes to keep you healthy. It’s your body’s largest internal organ and wears many hats, filtering out toxins, helping digest food, storing energy, and even making proteins that help your blood clot. The liver is actually responsible for over 500 vital functions, so while you might not think about it much, it’s a vital player in your well-being. To keep it in top shape, give it some love with a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and go easy on alcohol and processed foods. Your liver will thank you.

Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal lymphocytes(immune cells); it includes two main types, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Symptoms often include swollen lymph nodes, fever, weight loss, and fatigue, and treatment may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants.

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Nurse Practitioner (NP)

A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse with a graduate’s degree in nursing and advanced clinical experience. They function independently and make assessments, diagnose and treat disease, write prescriptions, order and interpret tests.

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Obstetrician

A doctor who specializes in the field of obstetrics, focusing on the care of pregnant individuals and their unborn babies. They provide comprehensive prenatal care, monitor fetal development, deliver babies, and offer postpartum care to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and child during pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetricians are essential healthcare providers for expectant parents. Obstetricians are also often Gynecologists(OB/GYN), but not always.

Oncologist

An Oncologist is a specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of cancer. Oncologists employ various therapeutic approaches, such as chemotherapy and radiation, working collaboratively to provide comprehensive care to patients with cancer.

Ophthalmologist

An Ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in eye care and the treatment of eye diseases and disorders. Ophthalmologists can perform eye surgery, prescribe medications, and provide comprehensive eye care, including the diagnosis and management of various eye conditions.

Optometrist

An Optometrist is a healthcare professional who specializes in eye care, assessing and managing vision and eye health. Optometrists perform eye examinations, prescribe corrective lenses, and diagnose and treat various eye conditions, but they do not perform surgery.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weakened bones, affecting women more post-menopause due to lower estrogen levels, which regulate bone density. This is one reason why falls can be devastating for the elderly. Make sure to talk to the elderly people in your life about ways to make their homes more accessible and safer in the case of a fall with things like railings and easily accessible light switches. Combat osteoporosis with calcium-rich foods like dairy, fish, and leafy greens and making sure to keep healthy Vitamin D levels through safe sun exposure. Weight-bearing exercises, especially resistance training but also even something as simple as walking, help maintain bone density. For a custom approach or access to medication that helps with osteoporosis, talk to your doctor.

Out-of-pocket costs

Out-of-pocket-costs are the expenses that insured individuals must personally pay for covered healthcare services, including deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance, beyond the premiums they have already paid. These costs are not reimbursed by the insurance company and are paid directly by the insured.

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Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, a digestive organ situated behind the stomach. This condition, which can result from factors such as gallstones or excessive alcohol consumption, manifests with symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, and digestive disturbances. Pancreatitis can be acute, typically with a sudden onset, or chronic, characterized by persistent inflammation that may lead to irreversible damage over time.

Pediatrician

Pediatricians are specialized doctors that take care of children from babies until the age of 18. They address a wide range of pediatric health issues, from routine check-ups and vaccinations to the diagnosis and treatment of various illnesses and developmental concerns.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment is specialized clothing, gear, or equipment used to protect individuals from potential health and safety hazards. Examples of PPE include masks, gloves, helmets, safety goggles, and protective clothing. PPE is commonly used in healthcare settings, construction sites, laboratories, and other industries where workers may be exposed to risks.

PET Scan

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a medical imaging technique that detects gamma-ray emissions from a radioactive tracer injected into the body. It provides detailed functional images of organs and tissues, aiding in the diagnosis and evaluation of conditions such as cancer and neurological disorders.

Peripheral Nervous System(PNS)

The Peripheral nervous system is a network of nerves and ganglia(nerve clusters) stemming from the spinal cord that transmit sensory and motor information to the Central Nervous System. Made up of two parts—the Autonomic Nervous System and the Somatic Nervous System.

Physicians Assistant (PA)

A Physician’s Assistant is a healthcare professional who works under a physician and is trained to diagnose and treat conditions, prescribe medicine, and assist in surgeries.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after a person has experienced a traumatic event. Individuals with PTSD often struggle with persistent, distressing symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, and heightened anxiety, as they cope with the aftermath of trauma. Effective treatment options, including therapy and medication are available to help individuals manage and recover from PTSD.

Power of Attorney (POA)

Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants someone the authority to act on behalf of someone else in financial, legal, and healthcare matters. POA powers can be broader or more limited and the principal(the one being advocated for) can revoke or amend the document at any time when of sound mind; POA is a crucial tool for planning when one is ill and unable to manage their affairs normally.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)

Preferred Provider Organizations are a type of health insurance plan that allows insured individuals to choose healthcare providers from a network of preferred providers. In a PPO, policyholders have the flexibility to see both in-network and out-of-network providers, but they usually pay lower out-of-pocket costs when using in-network providers.

Premium

A premium is your monthly insurance cost, but remember a lower premium doesn’t always mean a better plan. It’s important to look at your health, how much care you’ll need, other costs involved such as deductibles, copays, and coinsurances before choosing a plan.

Primary Care Provider (PCP)

PCPs are healthcare professionals who act as a patient’s main doctor, offering a wide range of medical services, including preventive care and treatment for common health issues. Same thing as a Primary Care Physician.

Prior Authorization (PA)

A process where healthcare providers seek approval from a patient’s insurance company before moving forward with high-cost or elective healthcare, such as a procedure or prescription, to ensure that it is medically necessary, cost-effective, and aligns with the insurance policy.

Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in mental health, responsible for diagnosing and treating mental disorders using medications and therapy. They help individuals improve their mental well-being and cope with emotional challenges.

Psychologists

Psychologists are professionals trained in psychology, who use various techniques and therapies to understand and address mental and emotional issues, but they do not prescribe medications. They help individuals overcome psychological difficulties and improve their overall mental health.

Public Housing Authority (PHA)

A Public Housing Authority (PHA) is a government agency tasked with overseeing affordable housing programs, including Section 8 housing vouchers. PHAs play a vital role in managing and maintaining public housing units and administering Section 8 vouchers, which provide rental assistance to low-income individuals and families, allowing them to access safe and affordable housing in the private rental market.

Pulmonologist

Pulmonologists are specialists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the respiratory system, which includes the lungs and airways. They are experts in managing various respiratory disorders, such as asthma, COPD, lung infections, sleep apnea, and other breathing-related issues.

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QSEHRA

A Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement is an alternative to group coverage for employees of small businesses. With a QSEHRA, you can apply the provided funds to your healthcare costs, but you will need to find and purchase your own health insurance. QSEHRA does not provide health insurance coverage itself; instead, it allows employees to use the funds provided by their employer to offset the cost of individual health insurance plans or other qualified medical expenses.

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Radiation

A common cancer treatment that uses high-energy radiation beams, such as X-rays or protons, to target and destroy cancer cells or shrink tumors. It works by damaging the DNA within cancer cells, disrupting their ability to grow and divide. Radiation therapy is often used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy to effectively treat various types of cancer, with treatment plans tailored to the specific cancer type and stage, as well as the patient’s overall health.

Radiologist

A Radiologist is a doctor who specializes in interpreting and diagnosing medical images obtained through various imaging techniques such as X-Rays, Ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRIs.. They play a crucial role in identifying and diagnosing a wide range of medical conditions and work closely with other healthcare professionals to provide accurate and timely diagnosis.

Referral

A referral is a recommendation from your Primary Care Provider(PCP) to see a specialist to treat a specific condition that is best suited for specialist care.

Relationship Establishment Specialist (RES)

A Titanium Relationship Establishment Specialist is responsible for outreach, qualification, referral, and enrollment of new members to the Enhanced Care Management program.

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Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder is a chronic mental health condition that is a combination of the psychotic and hallucination symptoms of schizophrenia and a mood disorder with symptoms like mania and depression. The symptoms can come in phases of hallucinations and delusions and later mood swings. Treatments include medication and behavioral and psychotherapy.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health disorder that is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, depression and social withdrawal, cognitive impairments and more. Treatments for schizophrenia include medication, behavioral and psychotherapy; social support is crucial for schizophrenics to maintain a grasp on reality.

Section 8 Housing

The Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly referred to as Section 8, is a federal rent assistance initiative established in 1937 under Section 8 of the Housing Act. This program, overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), aids approximately 4.5 million low-income families, individuals, as well as elderly and disabled individuals in accessing safe and sanitary rentals. While it operates nationally, the program is executed locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). These agencies determine the average rental costs in a given area, assess the affordable amount for a person or family, and issue a voucher. Recipients then provide this voucher to private landlords willing to participate in the program, covering the discrepancy between the recipient’s affordability and the actual rent cost. Unlike traditional public housing, Section 8 allows individuals or families to rent from private landlords who accept the program’s vouchers, promoting housing choice and diversity.

SNAP

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and is a federal program that provides low income individuals and families financial assistance to buy groceries. That said, you must apply to SNAP in the state you live in. For example, a California resident would apply CalFresh, the state’s SNAP program.

Spleen

The spleen is a vital organ in the human body located beneath the ribcage on the left side, responsible for filtering and removing damaged blood cells, storing platelets(for blood clotting and vascular health), and aiding the immune system in detecting and responding to infections.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Substance Use Disorder is a condition characterized by the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and drugs, leading to addiction, physical and psychological dependence, and various adverse consequences in a person’s life. Effective treatments for SUD include rehabilitation programs, behavioral and psychotherapy, and support groups.

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Telehealth

Telehealth is a way to receive medical care and advice using technology, like video calls, without going to a doctor’s office, making healthcare more accessible and convenient!

Thymus Gland

The Thymus gland is a small, butterfly shaped gland located in the upper chest, behind your breastbone that is a crucial part of the immune system. This is where T-Lymphocyte cells are produced and matured, which are circulated in the lymphatic system and seek out foreign invaders, fighting to keep you healthy.

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Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create real-time images of the internal structures of the body. These sound waves are emitted by a transducer (a handheld device) and are reflected back as echoes when they encounter different tissues and structures inside the body. The returning echoes are then processed by a computer to generate visual images, allowing us to view and assess organs, tissues, and blood flow. Ultrasound is widely used for various medical purposes, including diagnosing conditions, monitoring pregnancies, and guiding medical procedures due to its non-invasive nature and safety.

Urologist

A Urologist is a doctor that specializes in the urinary tract and the male reproductive system. They diagnose and treat issues like kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and prostate cancer.

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Vital Signs

Blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and breathing, these are measures of your body’s basic functions and are usually measured at the beginning of a healthcare appointment by a nurse.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Vocational Rehabilitation is a process that helps integrate disabled individuals back into the workforce. VR services focus on preparing for, securing, and maintaining employment and include skill and limitation assessments, counseling and guidance, skill training and development, and job placement with the ultimate goal of fostering meaningful and fulfilling work for the individual.

Voucher

A Voucher refers to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This voucher provides rental assistance to eligible low-income individuals or families, allowing them to find and rent housing from private landlords in the rental market. The voucher subsidizes a portion of the rent, with the tenant responsible for paying the remaining portion.

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X-Ray

An X-Ray is a type of imaging used as a versatile diagnostic tool, commonly employed for diagnosing fractures, dental conditions, pulmonary issues, and various forms of cancer. X-rays work by emitting radiation through the body, with denser tissues like bones absorbing more and appearing white on images.

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