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Analysis: Azar tries to calm concerns over proposal’s impact on HIV drugs

January 16th, 2019 | Posted in Uncategorized

BY Steven Porter  |  HealthLeaders Media Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar sought to quell concerns recently that a drug pricing proposal announced in November could result in restricted access to HIV treatment. Some patient advocates have warned the Medicare Part D proposal also could undermine efforts to expand treatment for other serious conditions, including cancer. Public commentRead More

Who Is the Patient Advocate?

December 20th, 2018 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Business Development, Consumer Focus

By Megan Headley (The following article was originally published in December in HCPro’s Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare magazine for health professionals, and is a partner publication to DecisionHealth’s Patient Advocate Report.) If you think medical school is challenging, try navigating the labyrinth of medical challenges that chronic patients face. Sorting out payment, deciding amongRead More

Taking surprise medical bills to court

December 20th, 2018 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News Joaquin Lopez had emergency gallbladder surgery after rushing to an ER last year. He has been haggling with Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis over what he owes ever since. The 37-year-old college professor was hit with a nearly $8,000 bill from the out-of-network hospital — that was after theRead More

Patient Advocate Certification Board issues ‘State of the Industry’ report

November 21st, 2018 | Posted in Business Development, Professional Skills

The Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) announced another 188 patient advocates have passed the new exam to add the Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) credential to their names. The record numbers of advocates who signed up to take the fall exam, on top of the 149 patient advocates earning the credential after the spring exam,Read More

Medicare Advantage riding high as new insurers flock to sell to seniors

October 17th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News Health care experts widely expected the Affordable Care Act to hobble Medicare Advantage, the government-funded private health plans that millions of seniors have chosen as an alternative to original Medicare. To pay for expanding coverage to the uninsured, the 2010 law cut billions of dollars in federal payments toRead More

Workplace compliance: Know rights against age discrimination

September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Business Development, Professional Skills

In an era of increased awareness of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, it’s important to remember employers cannot discriminate based on age. The rules regarding age discrimination differ in some ways from other types of unlawful discrimination in the workplace, which can trip up the unsuspecting. For example, while overt age discrimination or ageRead More