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Medicare Preventive Services Help You Live

by James Heller 26. February 2014 10:57
As we approach and arrive at our senior years, we begin to understand why doctors always told us to take better care of our health.  Prevention is something we hear about all of our lives, and only a small percentage of us really take it seriously.  The good news is that many age-related health issues can be improved and avoided with preventive care services covered by Medicare.
 
 
Better health can always be found through exercise and an improved diet, of course.  There are other issues, though, that are not so easy to control.  It’s much more dangerous for seniors to get the flu, life events can cause depression, and smoking or earlier substance abuse can lead to a whole list of related health problems.  Preventive screenings, counseling, vaccinations, and lab tests help to diagnose or treat potential health risks before they become serious problems.

Using available preventive services improves your health, which leads to other benefits.  Your golden years should be spent enjoying life, so better health means fewer visits to care providers.  You have better things to do.  Just a wellness exam and flu shot will keep the doctor away for a while.  Good health means a more active lifestyle and less reliance on others to get around, as well.  So, preventive care really does give you more joy and freedom in life.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Medicare preventive care services at our Primary Care Clinics. We offer a wide variety of the covered services so you can experience that joy and freedom.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Here is an alphabetical list:
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Alcohol Misuse Screening and Behavioral counseling Intervention in Primary Care
  • Annual Wellness Visit (Including Personalized Prevention Plan Services)
  • Bone Mass Measurements
  • Cancer Screenings
    • Breast Cancer (mammograms and clinical breast exam)
    • Cervical and Vaginal Cancer (pap test and pelvic)
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Prostate (PSA blood test and Digital Rectal Exam)
  • Cardiovascular Disease Screening
  • Depression Screening in Adults
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Diabetes Self-Management Training
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening
  • Immunizations (Seasonal Influenza, Pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B)
  • Initial Preventive Physical Examination - “Welcome to Medicare” Preventive Visit
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (for beneficiaries with diabetes or renal disease)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Screening 
  • High-Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs
  • Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
   
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Covered California Information

by James Heller 23. September 2013 08:06
Starting in October, 2013, California will begin open enrollment for health insurance through its insurance exchange known as Covered California.  This is our State’s marketplace for the US Affordable Care Act.

Tarzana Treatment Centers has made this page available to the public to make it easier to find information.  

For more information about our Integrated Health Care services, please call us at 888-777-8565 or fill out a secure contact form here.

Everyone Needs Health Insurance

The most important piece of information we can give you is that almost everyone will need to obtain some form of health insurance by January, 2014.  This is true whether you are employed or unemployed, and children need coverage too.  

This is good news because Covered California will help you to obtain health insurance at affordable rates, and, in some cases, at no cost to you.

Subsidized Insurance Eligibility and Rates

Eligibility for subsidized health insurance and tax credits is based on income.  Find out if you are eligible, and get rates and coverage information using the calculator at this link:

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

If you would like assistance enrolling for health care insurance, Covered California makes it easy.  You can call the number below or click the link to complete a contact form:

888-975-1142

Covered California on YouTube

Some videos have been produced that explain the new law on the Covered California YouTube channel.  View them at this link:

Our Services

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

by James Heller 26. June 2013 09:38
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. (TTC), a 501(c)(3) organization, has posted Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) documents as required by the United States Affordable Care Act (ACA).  TTC operates an acute psychiatric hospital in SPA 2, and is therefore required to participate.  The documents are available for viewing, printing, and downloading at the link below on our website:

There are two documents linked on this page; The CHNA and the Implementation Plan.  

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

TTC staff members, 32 in all, collaborated to create this document.  It is a comprehensive survey of the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley community, and includes health statistics and demographics.  Tables and findings are provided for review, as well as information about how the survey was conducted.

CHNA Implementation Plan

Data from the CHNA survey is used in this document to highlight the health needs of the community and how TTC provides services for them.  Details include current services and those we plan to implement, where we offer referrals, and services that we don’t intend to provide.

Most important, the Implementation Plan explains how TTC services will help those in need.  It addresses the overall concern of community health needs, and concludes with how TTC will work to improve them.

You will need Adobe’s Acrobat Reader to view these documents, so a link is provided if you don’t have it.  There is also a link to contact Dr. Jose Salazar if you have any questions or comments about the CHNA documents.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

CTN Connect Powered by Arkadin/Vidyo Comes to TTC

by James Heller 24. June 2013 09:23
Tarzana Treatment Centers is proud to have three member sites in the California Telehealth Network (CTN) since the State opened the agency.  The CTN brings together health care providers throughout the state using the latest in telehealth technologies.  Last Friday, CTN issued a press release introducing CTN Connect powered by Arkadin/Vidyo, a video conference application for its member sites.
 
 
You can see the press release by clicking on this link:

Tarzana Treatment Centers has been testing CTN Connect for a few weeks prior to this press release.  The Arkadin/Vidyo application is easy to use, which has made the staff training process a breeze.  It includes many complex features, like screen sharing and viewing options, and they can all be controlled by even the most novice users with an impressive simplicity.  Video and audio are crisp on both wired and wireless connections.

Staff members who have used CTN Connect for live sessions at Tarzana Treatment Centers have responded with high ratings for the new application.  In the first eight business days of use, the amount of clients served via telehealth has more than doubled using CTN Connect.  This is in only two departments, so we see a very good future with this application.
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

National Women’s Health Week

by James Heller 7. May 2013 13:07
The importance of women’s health will take center stage during the week of May 12-18, this year.  National Women’s Health Week is observed to promote various aspects of women’s health issues and the advances in treatment for them.  As usual, Tarzana Treatment Centers will take part with an event and by promoting our services for women.
 
 
We provide specialized treatment for women with substance abuse and mental health disorders.  Our addiction counselors and mental health professionals are trained to address gender-specific issues.  Residential treatment is available for qualified women with children, as well.  

In honor of Women’s Health Week, Tarzana Treatment Centers will hold a Health Fair at our facility on Baird Ave. in Reseda.  Health professionals will be on hand to provide free screenings.  We will also hold raffles and there will be live music.

For more information, please see our flyer:

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Covered CA News – Establishing Call Center

by James Heller 30. April 2013 13:20
As details are released this year about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring healthcare reform, eligible citizens may not understand what they will need to do.  Covered CA, the California Exchange in the ACA, is expecting questions like, “How can I get medical insurance for my family?” and “Where do I go to get health insurance?”
 
 
A Call Center is being formed to address these questions, and is planned to be operating this fall.  Around 500 staff members will assist Californians in multiple languages. They will guide callers through the process of obtaining health insurance through Covered CA, and help them to find out if they are eligible for financial assistance.

Tarzana Treatment Centers will continue to bring you the latest news about health coverage in California.


Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Hepatitis Risk Assessment and Testing

by James Heller 26. April 2013 09:32
Are you at risk for hepatitis?

It doesn’t take very much exposure to become one of the millions of Americans who have contracted the disease.  It’s blood-borne, meaning that individuals who inject drugs or engage in unprotected sex are at high risk.  It only takes one injection or unprotected sexual encounter, in fact, to become infected.  

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, our mission includes health education as well as treatment.  Here is everything you need to find out if you are at risk, how you can be tested, and where you can get treatment if you test positive for hepatitis.

Obviously, if you fit into one of the groups mentioned above, you are at risk.  Blood-borne diseases can be tricky, though, and can pass from person to person in many ways.  For example, if you were born between 1945 and 1965, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that you get tested for hepatitis C because the infection rates in that group are 5 times higher than all others.  So we are providing a link, here, where you can see if you are at risk in other ways.  Click the link below for the assessment:

 
 
If you need a test, Tarzana Treatment Centers has you covered.  We are providing free hepatitis testing, funded by the CDC, at our Central location in Tarzana, at our needle exchange sites, and at our medical clinics.  You can find the addresses to these sites on our Locations page <link> or by calling 818-996-1051.

For those who test positive for hepatitis, we provide medical care at our Reseda Medical Clinic.  We have many years of experience treating medical issues that result from drug use and sexual transmission, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.  And, since we are an integrated healthcare facility, we can provide you with care for related health issues.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

New to Medicare?

by James Heller 17. January 2013 11:38
One thing never seems to change with Medicare.  Every year, a lot of people become eligible for this insurance coverage, and many of them become very confused.  What is Medicare? What is covered? Where do I go for medical care?
The information is all online and on brochures from the government, but it’s the rare individual who reads it all.  So Tarzana Treatment Centers will help to get you started with ease.
 
 
In case you didn’t know, we provide integrated health care services, which means that you can get medical, mental health, and substance use services at our locations.  Many of the services we provide are covered by Medicare plans, and Medi-Cal in case you are eligible for both programs.  The great benefit of coming to our clinics for medical care is that you won’t need to be referred out if you have mental health or substance use disorders.

Maybe the best recent news is that we provide the new Medicare Preventive services.  These services are designed to help you maintain good health, and to enable early treatment of problems that may arise.  These services include flu shots, smoking cessation, and screenings for cardiovascular problems, diabetes, or HIV, among many others.  And, as we mentioned above, we can quickly treat you for any medical or mental health needs that are discovered.

Tarzana Treatment Centers invites you to contact us for information about your covered Medicare plan services and an appointment.  We can get you started with preventive services, and help you to plan for your future health care needs.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Resolve to Have Good Health Any Day

by James Heller 27. December 2012 14:49
Are you making a resolution for the New Year? Why wait for and limit yourself to January 1st?
 
 
Health issues do not place themselves on hold until a certain date, and neither should you.  If you don’t take care of yourself, your health will deteriorate in time.  Even when you are in good physical and mental condition, it won’t last forever if you smoke, drink to excess, or don’t eat enough healthy foods.  And if you have a need for medical care, or mental or behavioral treatment, your condition will get worse with every day that you wait.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Integrated Care services for most of your health needs. Many of our patients come to us for help when problems have resulted from their conditions, especially when the problem is mental health or addiction related.  These problems can be avoided with proper preventive care, like the ones we provide for these conditions as well as for medical care.  Most of these services are also covered by public funding programs like Medicare, Medi-Cal, and Healthy Way LA.

It’s a fun game we play every December.  We promise that, at the start of the New Year, we’ll stop smoking, quit drinking, exercise regularly, eat healthier, or something else that will benefit our individual health.  Most of us also break that promise by January 3rd.  There are many studies and tips that can be found by Googling “New year’s resolution study”, but our best suggestion is to just make that resolution and get started right now.

The date doesn’t matter, and January 1st is probably the most pressure-filled of the year.  So make a December 27th resolution or even an April 12th resolution if you want.  The calendar doesn’t care about your good health.  The time to improve your current health and future well-being is now.  You can form a habit in just seven days.  So get started, and Tarzana Treatment Centers will be happy to help you along the way.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Holiday Health Considerations

by James Heller 9. October 2012 10:26
The holidays are not far off, so we suggest that you plan ahead to ensure they are joyful.  Don’t be the person who gets treated after the good times are over.  You should take care of your health now, because this time of year brings tension, celebration, and reunions that require good physical and mental condition.
 
 
For most, it’s a time of joy and family, gatherings, food, drinks, gifts, and seasonal entertainment.  Others may not engage in the festivities, but it is difficult for them to completely escape the collateral effect of all that is going on.  And, while it is mostly a time of merriment, there are aspects of the holiday season that are very unhealthy for some individuals.  

Tensions rise as we lead in to November and December due to financial issues, relationships or lack thereof, lost loves and those who’ve passed on, and other factors.  These can be minor issues, and don’t affect most people.  When they add up for one person, though, and they have a heart condition, are a senior, in recovery, or already under pressure, anxiety can get out of control.  Even worse, it can actually cause a heart attack or stroke.

Those who engage in alcohol or drug abuse tend to binge during the holidays, either for celebration or as a result of the tensions mentioned above.  Individuals in recovery are vulnerable to relapse at this time of year as well.  They may ruin parties, anger loved ones, break things, and, worst of all, cause an accident while driving.  Too many holiday parties, that were otherwise enjoyable, end in tragedy due to alcohol and drug abuse.

Tarzana Treatment Centers wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.  To that aim, we are suggesting preventative care so that you may enjoy them to the fullest.  We want you to come see us before the tension rises and alcohol consumption increases, rather than when mounting health problems force you to see us after.

We provide preventative screenings at our clinics, including annual check-ups, cardio-pulmonary exams, and flu shots.  Seniors can get many of these preventative services under Medicare coverage.  For our friends suffering from substance abuse and addiction disorders, we can help with medical detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, and Vivitrol treatment for alcohol or opiate craving reduction.  Our mental health treatment services are available for minor to severe disorders.

Please think ahead this year.  You will have a much better holiday season if you take a little time to prevent health problems.  Better yet, you will start a good habit for the new year.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.