December 9, 2019

Blaze Advisors recently convened the first CARE Coordination Summit in conjunction with Network for Advancing Behavioral Health, Connected Community, and Triangle Behavioral Health Council and sponsored by WakeMed. 

During the fast-paced one-day summit, participants wer...

Patients with chronic health issues often find themselves in and out of care facilities, which is a strain on them and on the systems supporting them. Studies have shown readmissions are often due to poor coordination of care and inefficient use of healthcare resources...

October 2, 2019

What a great SHSMD 2019 conference in Nashville! In addition to the fine honor of being asked to present with Rick Shrum, CSO of WakeMed Health and Hospitals on the WakeMed Behavioral Health Network and its accomplishments, we were able to participate in several though...

August 28, 2019

Two years ago, Jose Castillo was living in Caracas, Venezuela, with his wife Cristina and their three daughters. A civil engineer by training, he had built his life and career working for a major engineering and construction company and teaching steel structural design...

July 18, 2019

There are many buzz words around holistic care – integrated, whole person, primary care integration, and others. It can be confusing. But all these terms are all really talking about the same thing – care of the whole person care, a true holistic approach. 

But what doe...

Deborah (Deb) Aldridge joined the Blaze Advisors team in February. She has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, including community care and nursing. She and her husband Stephen live in Albemarle, NC.

I grew up in small-town North Dakota and spent a great deal...

As healthcare costs continues to rise, there are better solutions to help patients efficiently navigate an often-challenging system of care.

Healthcare costs are increasing for everyone, but some healthcare issues are more challenging than others and lead to even higher...

March 28, 2019

As healthcare continues to evolve, providers must find new ways to address an increasingly complex environment. One of the most challenging aspects is payment for care in a fiscally sustainable manner.

In a shift from a fee-for-service model to one that relies on multip...

For so long, our understanding of healthcare and getting the right treatment has centered around the illness itself. Are we physically sick? We go to a primary care physician or a specialist who can help us with the illness. Are we facing emotional challenges?  We visi...

January 11, 2019

There are more than 15,000 food pantries in the U.S. and 1 in 7 people rely on them, according to USA Today. The deeper need, however – beyond food – is for healthy food.

Doctors and other healthcare providers recognize that fresh fruits and vegetables are not only bett...

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