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Patient advocates, others invited to offer thoughts on mental health insurance parity

July 17th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

Patients, patient advocates and anyone else concerned about whether mental health and substance abuse treatment is covered by insurance on even footing with medical conditions is being invited to offer comments and attend a public stakeholder meeting in Washington on July 27. Interested parties will also be able to listen to the meeting online. ToRead More

Medicare’s financial outlook slightly improved, trustees say

July 14th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

By Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News The Trump administration said Thursday that the financial outlook for Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund improved in the past year due to health costs rising more slowly than expected and predictions that enrollees will use hospital services less often. The report said that trust fund would last throughRead More

Congratulations Patient Advocate Kathy Almoradie, 2017 Platinum Award winner

June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Advocacy Stories, Quality Care

Congratulations to Kathy Almoradie, who was the 2017 DecisionHealth Platinum Awards winner in the Case/Care Manager category for the Patient Advocate. Winners were announced in May at the 8th Annual Platinum Awards luncheon in Baltimore. Here is the award-winning entry describing Almoradie’s work as a strong patient advocate who “demonstrates values of compassion, integrity, relationships,Read More

When an insurer balks and treatment stops

June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Anna Gorman | Kaiser Health News Gillen Washington, a student at Northern Arizona University, had been getting medication for an immunodeficiency disease since 2011. But when he went to his clinic in November 2014 for the monthly dose, a nurse told him his insurance company had denied it. Soon after, the plan sent himRead More

Parents of sick children fear trap if states have say on ‘preexisting conditions’

May 15th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media Ryan Lennon Fines of Missouri seems like a typical 2-year-old. He and his parents, Scott Fines and Brianna Lennon, flip through a picture book of emergency vehicles. Ryan is looking for the motorcycle, but a photo of an airplane catches his dad’s eye. “That’s an air ambulance,” Fines tellsRead More

Repeal, Replace … Revise: Your Guide To How A Trump Proposal Might Change ACA Insurance

April 17th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News Repeal and replace is on-again, off-again, but that doesn’t mean the rules affecting your insurance will remain unchanged. The Trump administration late Thursday issued a final rule aimed at stabilizing the health law’s insurance marketplace that could have rapid, dramatic effects on people who do not get insurance through work andRead More

New legislation seeks telehealth expansion, home care demo extension

April 17th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage, Long-Term Care, Quality Care

While there are still questions on when or if lawmakers will find a repeal-and-replace plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will pass muster with legislators and voters, there are other developments that could provide some help for patients: Senate bill aims to unlock telehealth services Providers may see expanded opportunity to connect withRead More

Resources now available on patients’ rights to informed consent, costs for observation status

March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Business Development, Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage, Professional Skills

Take advantage of updated resources by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to educate yourself and your clients on patients’ rights concerning informed consent. Also be aware that as of March 8, hospitals must inform patients when they are in the hospital under observation status only, which could costRead More

Navigating Aging: Project creates playbook for managing problems in the last chapter of life

March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Patient Tools, Quality Care, Uncategorized

By Judith Graham | Kaiser Health News CHICAGO — At least once a day, Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist gets an urgent phone call. “Mom fell and is in the hospital,” a concerned middle-aged son might report. “Dad got lost with the car, and we need to stop him from driving,” a distraught middle-aged daughter may explain.Read More