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Trends in health care industry point to need for more patient advocates

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

The health care industry is changing and along with it the role of patient advocacy, said a longtime industry expert during the preconference training workshop for hospital advocates at DecisionHealth’s Care Coordination Summit. Expect patient advocacy to turn even more toward patient safety, becoming a part of data gathering and process improvement as Affordable CareRead More

U.S. judge’s ruling may weaken some whistleblower cases on health care fraud

April 19th, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

By Burt Schorr DecisionHealth The ability of whistleblowers to accuse home health agencies, hospices and other providers of Medicare fraud under the False Claims Act would be seriously weakened, if not eliminated, unless a March 31 decision by a federal district court judge in Alabama is reversed, attorneys representing whistleblowers say. The case involves JusticeRead More

Three changes consumers can expect in next year’s Obamacare coverage

March 15th, 2016 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Julie Appleby / Kaiser Health News Health insurance isn’t simple. Neither are government regulations. Put the two together and things can get confusing fast. So it’s not surprising that federal regulators took a stab at making things a bit more straightforward for consumers in new rules unveiled in late February and published Tuesday in the Federal Register.Read More

Hospitals required to keep caregivers in the loop

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Advocacy Stories, Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care

By Anna Gorman  Kaiser Health News GLENDALE, Calif. – Diana Matsushima cares for both her husband and sister-in-law full time, giving them their medications and driving them to their doctor appointments. But when either ends up hospitalized, Matsushima said her role as their primary caregiver is often overlooked. She isn’t always included in the discussionsRead More