Live Life for the Experiences, not the Accomplishments

This has been said before, in various ways, but when I thought of these words, it struck me. I try to practice mindfulness, do (almost) daily meditating, but I can see that I am still very goal-oriented.  Goals are good…right?   But when I focus so much on the goal, I am not aware of the enjoyment I get out of the process of getting there.  This is what I want to continue to change about my thinking and awareness.  It would look something like this:  I went deer hunting this past weekend.  I did not get a deer.  From a goal-oriented perspective, the hunt was not successful, and “not successful” is not a good feeling for me.  But from an experience focus, it was wonderful.  The weather was comfortable, the sun was shining, I was out in the woods. Just time to enjoy alone time with no pressure, no guilt, and sit there and see what happens next.  I encourage to reflect a bit and see if being too goal-oriented might be an issue for you.  

Mental Health Options Restricted by Health Insurance Companies

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    Options for mental health are being severely restricted by some of the major health insurance carriers in Minnesota through their contracting practices with providers.   A survey of my peers supported my experience that HealthPartners of Minnesota is the worst regarding refusing to offer contracts to individual practitioner requests, followed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medica, Aetna, and Cigna.  Reasons for denial by HealthPartners were that they had enough practitioners in that geographic area and that HealthPartners seldom gives contracts to small clinics. So the big clinics get bigger and the pool of providers from which patients can choose is limited to those that conform or are forced to conform to the big clinic model.  This practice is discriminatory and contradicts the pro-entrepreneur and pro-small business movement that Minnesota prides itself on.  Respondents to my survey indicated no problem getting in network with Medical Assistance, Preferred One, or UCare.  If you are making a decision on which health insurance company to choose for yourself or your family, or are in a decision-making capacity for a company regarding which health insurance carrier to entrust with your company's benefits, please take note.  Certain insurance companies have long-standing, hidden constraints that significantly reduce the provider pool from which patients can select.     

Options for mental health are being severely restricted by some of the major health insurance carriers in Minnesota through their contracting practices with providers. 

A survey of my peers supported my experience that HealthPartners of Minnesota is the worst regarding refusing to offer contracts to individual practitioner requests, followed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medica, Aetna, and Cigna.

Reasons for denial by HealthPartners were that they had enough practitioners in that geographic area and that HealthPartners seldom gives contracts to small clinics. So the big clinics get bigger and the pool of providers from which patients can choose is limited to those that conform or are forced to conform to the big clinic model.  This practice is discriminatory and contradicts the pro-entrepreneur and pro-small business movement that Minnesota prides itself on.

Respondents to my survey indicated no problem getting in network with Medical Assistance, Preferred One, or UCare.

If you are making a decision on which health insurance company to choose for yourself or your family, or are in a decision-making capacity for a company regarding which health insurance carrier to entrust with your company's benefits, please take note.  Certain insurance companies have long-standing, hidden constraints that significantly reduce the provider pool from which patients can select.     

Mayo Clinic Supports Telemedicine

Here is an article to the Star Tribune from July 10, 2015 regarding Mayo Clinic touting the advantages to the use of telemedicine.  Still a ways to go before laws and insurance companies catch up to the realities of the benefits of telemedicine, but this is encouraging. 

https://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/29/us-health-telemedicine-seniors-depressio-idUSKCN0Q32E020150729