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How To: Ensure Family Access to the Plan of Care

January 19th, 2011 | Posted in Quality Care

As a healthcare advocate, you are tasked as an intermediary between the patient and the entire, often winding, course of care. As a key go-between partner, you often stand as the patient’s voice and the family’s representative. In times of distress, your know-how can help bridge the gap between the patient and the care team.Read More

A Risk of Alzheimer’s: How To Prevent Wandering

January 19th, 2011 | Posted in Long-Term Care

Although not everyone who has a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis requires 24-hour supervision or a secured memory care community, they are often a potential wander risk. The term wandering can sometimes be used for two different but associated behaviors. Regardless of these descriptions (see below), wandering can pose great risks to your patient. Specific strategiesRead More

Understanding the Basics of Informed Consent

January 12th, 2011 | Posted in Advocacy 101

Deciding whether or not to undergo any sort of treatment is a valid concern for all individuals in need of medical assistance. For patients and physicians, the joint agreement that one will perform a medical procedure upon the other requires more than simple acquiescence. The concept of informed consent is founded upon the idea thatRead More

The Surprising Subpoena, and the Lessons Learned From It

January 12th, 2011 | Posted in Advocacy Stories

You say it’ll never happen to you. You are careful, thoughtful, and kind. You’ve been a nurse for years and feel confident, competent, and professional. And then, out of the blue, a stranger shows up at your front door and hands you a subpoena. Ugh. Now what do you do? I was a swirling bundleRead More

Preventive Services Checklist: What To Know

January 5th, 2011 | Posted in Patient Tools

When visiting a doctor or healthcare provider, patients should always consider this list of preventive services and consult medical professionals about which are right for them. This checklist of preventive services will help patients track the measures taken and when. It is important to remember that some patients may have to wait up to twoRead More

Behavioral Health Advocacy: Understanding the Basics

January 5th, 2011 | Posted in Quality Care

Healthcare professionals agree: mental health issues and chronic diseases are directly correlated and only by working to resolve these co-existing problems in tandem can a patient achieve and maintain optimal health. By overcoming stigmas, avoiding insurance pitfalls and understanding changes in care, patient advocates can guide clients to optimal outcomes and improved functioning. The PowerRead More

A Small Slice of Patient Advocacy: Help for the Pediatric Population

December 29th, 2010 | Posted in Advocacy 101

Pediatric advocacy may very well be the most important subdivision of support in the healthcare field. Children, depending on their age, have little to no power politically, legally or medically, but their parents and guardians are the authorities by proxy that make all the decisions on their behalf. Unfortunately, parents may fail to notice whenRead More

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