Every spring, many of us turn our attention to the often daunting—but rewarding—task of spring cleaning. Normally, spring cleaning is associated with tidying up your household, organizing your closets, cleaning out the fridge or the garage, or sometimes even taking steps to address your financial health. But what about spring cleaning for our mental and physical health? For many, the spring season brings with it the feeling of a fresh start, and it presents a great opportunity to make our health and wellbeing a priority.
HERE ARE THREE HEALTH “TO-DOS” TO INCLUDE ON YOUR SPRING CLEANING LIST THIS YEAR:
REVIEW YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION
Much like you might review and gather your financial documents for tax season, it’s a good idea to collect and examine your medical records annually. It’s important to ensure the information in your medical records is accurate, up to date and can be found easily in one place.
And just like you’d talk to an accountant about questions regarding your taxes, be sure to flag any concerns in your medical records with your doctor. Thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), everyone has the right by law to access and correct errors in their medical records. Usually, this is as simple as just asking your doctor to correct an error.
You can also download the Blue Cross NC mobile app Blue Connect to help keep track of medical records and claims digitally and to access our Find a Doctor and Cost Estimator tools.