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Step by Step: How To Write a Business Plan (Part 2)

December 29th, 2010 | Posted in Business Development

Last week we covered the basics of a business plan for aspiring business owners. Here, we look at the detailed parts of a business plan – from the cover sheet to the executive summary to the market analysis – to provide entrepreneurial advocates with a cohesive template you need to kick off the next greatRead More

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D): A Primer

December 21st, 2010 | Posted in Prescription Drug Coverage

Private health plans allows Medicare beneficiaries access to an outpatient prescription drug benefit known at Part D. As of April 2010, more than 27 million Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in one of the two forms of the Part D plans. These Part D drug plans are either stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) or Medicare AdvantageRead More

Step by Step: How To Write a Business Plan (Part 1)

December 21st, 2010 | Posted in Business Development

So, you’ve had the idea to open Patient Advocacy Practice—now what? Coming up with the idea was the hard part, but without the correct knowledge of the various keys to success, a great idea cannot be shared. Before you can really dive into your new Patient Advocacy Practice, you must devise a professional and compellingRead More

A Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance

December 15th, 2010 | Posted in Long-Term Care

What Does Long-term Care Mean? Obtaining insurance of any kind quells worrisome thoughts during high-risk situations. Health insurance is the ever-present safety net that will keep people from freefalling into debt brought on by hospital bills due to illness and disease. Long-term care supersedes the importance of paying doctors for their services and the costsRead More

The Pillars of Patient Advocacy

December 15th, 2010 | Posted in Professional Skills

The value of patient advocates is vital. Whether the advocate is a family member, caregiver, or a professional patient advocate, each brings a sense of empathy and an immense passion that only an advocate can display. To be a patient advocate one must challenge the status quo, ask questions, fight for the patient’s right ofRead More

Dedicated Advocacy Overcomes Life’s Difficulties

December 7th, 2010 | Posted in Advocacy Stories

Sam heard the garage door open, so he knew his wife and two young children had returned from grocery shopping. Suddenly, the car horn starting blaring. Alarmed at this distress call, Sam ran outside with a baseball bat, where he was confronted by a man attempting to get inside the car. The man was visiblyRead More

Securing Patient Retention Through Trustworthy Advocacy

December 7th, 2010 | Posted in Business Development

“Client/patient retention” and “trust” go hand-in-hand in the practice of patient advocacy. When a prospective client/patient contacts us (we work together with Orlando Patient Advocates), it is because they are experiencing some type of illness or injury and need guidance to sort out and navigate the medical maze and access the right care to helpRead More

Checklist for Nurse Patient-Safety Advocates

November 28th, 2010 | Posted in Quality Care

One of the defining characteristics of patient advocacy is to ensure patient safety. When in the hospital setting, part and parcel of securing patient safety is understanding what to do to avoid medical errors. From firsthand experience, nurse patient-safety experts offer these suggestions for nurses who want to work to reduce medical errors: 1. EmbraceRead More

Patient Advocates: Guides to Billing and Coding

November 28th, 2010 | Posted in Professional Skills

It is no secret, and no simplified sentiment, that the healthcare system in the U.S. is complex and confounding—from insurance coverage to care delivery and everywhere in between. Regardless of your opinions about health reform, health policy and the like, the current reality is that the typical healthcare consumer (read: patient) will require some typeRead More