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4 Tips on Treating Those with Terminal Illness

February 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Quality Care

Imagine one day walking into a room filled with your loved ones only to feel them staring as if you were a complete stranger. Or picture how it would feel if they started treating you as if you were made of glass. Since they were diagnosed with a terminal illness, these are some of theRead More

Insurance 101: Fully Funded Vs. Self-Funded Plans

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Insurance Coverage

Employers and unions can opt to assume the full risk of paying their medical claims. In assuming this risk, they are able to create their own medical insurance policies which are similar to those provided by a medical insurance carrier. Self-funding medical insurance is one way they can keep cost down. A Third Party AdministratorRead More

5 Strategies to Use Broadcast Media as a Marketing Tool

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Business Development

Using the media as a tool to further your patient advocacy plans is a fantastic idea, but there are basic strategies one must employ in order for the venture to be a success. Marketing in the realm of patient advocacy goes far beyond building a website and utilizing social media tools to bring awareness toRead More

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