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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

Choosing the Right Adult Day Care Services

November 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Long-Term Care

Becoming a caregiver for the elderly is a serious responsibility. Aging adults require a gentle hand when facing the reality that their formerly independent lives have been altered by illness, the death of a spouse or for financial reasons. Adult day centers provide an alternative option for caregivers who seek to give aid to theirRead More

Starting a Business in Geriatric Care Management: Can You Do It?

November 5th, 2010 | Posted in Business Development

While it can be an extremely rewarding endeavor, starting a geriatric care management (GCM) business is not for the faint of heart. Gung-ho entrepreneurs launch new businesses every day, and the majority of these pursuits do not last, including in this niche of healthcare. Approximately 80 percent of all geriatric care management businesses are owner-run,Read More