BioPlus Appeals Team: Changing “No” to “Yes!”

Do you have patients with insurance denials? Here at BioPlus we regularly transform those “no’s” into happy patients and doctors. Our dedicated appeals team steps in to do the heavy lifting of insurance appeals for doctor offices. Letting you get back to what you do best: treating patients, instead of being bogged down in back-and-forth…

Crohn’s Disease: Early is Key

For many people with Crohn’s disease, it can be a long road from the first time symptoms appear to receiving the correct diagnosis. This disease can be a bit of a mimic – with symptoms that can be mistaken for other conditions. The autoimmune-related GI inflammation of Crohn’s disease can affect different parts of the…

Missed Opportunities

By now, most Baby Boomers have probably heard the message from health experts urging them to get screened for hepatitis C infection. This demographic – born between 1945 and 1965 – have long been identified as the group at highest risk of this life-threatening disease. However, switching from a birth cohort screening to a one-time…

One in a Million? No Thanks!

Multiple sclerosis is a serious health condition faced by too many Americans. Experts recently realized that previous estimates of this disease’s prevalence were inaccurate – by a shocking amount. Multiple sclerosis is now estimated to affect 1 million people in the United States, which is nearly double the prior estimate. What changed? It’s not actually…

Serving Up Success

Immunotherapy as cancer treatment harnesses the power of a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. This continues to be a cutting edge area of cancer research, with plenty of success stories, including immunotherapy medications such as Keytruda, Opdivo, and Tecentriq. These medications do not have the exact same effectiveness in every patient, of course….

Yoga Relief

Rheumatoid arthritis medications have come a long way in aiding those with this autoimmune joint-based condition, but they are not perfect and many patients continue to experience symptoms – even while on treatment. Regular practice of yoga exercises just might be able to fill in the gaps in terms of physical and psychological symptom relief….

Hearty News About Psoriasis

The skin condition psoriasis has a well-known connection to heart health. Unfortunately, the inflammation that underlies the skin-level manifestation of psoriasis also affects areas deep within the body: including the arteries leading out of the heart. This is why people with psoriasis have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, those with…

Diving Into Hepatitis C Genotypes

The term ‘hepatitis C’ is often discussed as if it’s one disease. However, the situation is a bit more complicated, with there being six main genotypes of hepatitis C. These are numerically labeled genotypes 1-6. The HCV testing process for patients generally starts with two main diagnostic tests: the Hepatitis C Antibody Test which notes…

Post-Treatment Financial Hardship

Cancer treatment brings many stresses to a patient and their family, not least of which is financial. Prior research has documented the monetary challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, including the fact that someone with cancer is 2.5 times more likely than another person from the general population to file for bankruptcy. In fact,…

Infusion Confusion?

For patients with Crohn’s disease, finding out that a recommended treatment could include infusions of biologic medications can bring up a lot of questions. Let’s answer some of those here. Infusion medications are prescribed for some patients to help keep the Crohn’s disease in remission. For most situations, getting an infusion involves going to an…

Hepatitis C: A Look Back in a Big Year

As we get our bearings at the start of 2019, it’s worth a moment to look back on 2018 and note the many significant developments in the world of hepatitis C. With today’s medications offering a real chance at a cure for most hepatitis C cases, it’s disappointing that there are still more than 2…

The Generic Side of MS Treatment

At the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week, there was not only talk in many of the meetings about new pharmaceuticals coming to market for many health conditions, but I also heard buzz about the impact generics will have on cost savings this coming year for a variety of diseases….

2019 Looks Brighter for MS

Welcome to 2019: a year that holds some exciting developments for multiple sclerosis medication choices. There are a number of new medications which have reached the late stage of product development and testing; this means at least a few of these should become available this year. Currently, there are nine key medications that are FDA…

Steering Away From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Painful, swollen joints are the calling card of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which afflicts nearly 1.3 million Americans. This disease develops when the immune system mistakenly targets and damages the linings of joints. Long before the classic symptoms of joint pain and swelling develop, it seems likely that early symptoms occur, which are often overlooked. A…

Breathe Easy

Asthma strikes one in every 12 people, which is about 8% of the population. And the numbers are on the rise. The airway swelling of this condition can be triggered by allergens or environmental irritants, leading to potentially life-threatening symptoms of trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. There is no cure, although there are…

Trick or Treat Guide to MS

Halloween is just around the corner and sugary treats are everywhere. When it comes to multiple sclerosis, though, sugar can be a tricky subject. Overall, sticking with a healthy diet can pay off health-wise for those with multiple sclerosis. Poor food choices can contribute to excess inflammation in the body, which worsens MS progression, as…

Understanding NAFLD and NASH

Guest blog by: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., CSP As a specialty pharmacy that works with many patients during treatment for liver diseases, it’s not surprising that questions about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) come up in our line of work. Although hepatitis C is our primary liver focus, both hepatitis C and NAFLD rank as the…

Mediterranean Diet for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer, as with any cancer, develops for complex reasons. One of the contributing factors in breast cancer traces back to diet. As with the microbiome found in the gut, breast tissue also is affected by the foods one eats. Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina have been exploring this diet-breast…