• Do you need help reducing or negotiating your medical bills?
  • Were you recently diagnosed and need a second opinion?
  • Do you want to explore additional treatment options so you can make the best choice for yourself?
  • Are you concerned about the safety of an upcoming hospital stay?
  • Are you or a loved one suffering from mental health challenges?
  • Do you have elders in your life who need your assistance?
  • Are you alone and needing help navigating any part of the healthcare system?

Advocacy and Care Management Services

How an Independent Patient or Health Advocate or Care Manager Can Help You

Find a master list of services below.

The AdvoConnection Directory contains the professionals and contact information you need to directly access hundreds of independent, private health and patient advocates and care managers in the United States and Canada who can help you with those challenges and many more.

Advocacy provides you with the non-medical help you need – navigation through the system, someone to fight for your rights, and review, reduction, or negotiation for your medical bills. Some advocates are clinical (nurses or physicians), but their services may still be non-medical. You will want to confirm the services they offer to be sure you’ll receive exactly the help you need.

Our listed advocates are private pay. They work outside existing reimbursement-based healthcare systems in order to bring you the best care you can get, focused on your wants and needs, without the for-profit influence or rationing that takes place from inside the medical system.

If you don’t see the service you think you need, contact an advocate and discuss your needs with them. If they can’t help, they may be able to help you find it anyway.

The list of services provided by private, independent advocates continues to grow. We add new services to this list as needed.

care navigation services

Medical / Navigation Assistance

  • For your diagnosis and treatment recommendations – review of options, assistance with decision-making
  • Background research:diagnosis and/or treatment options
  • Records review and discussion
  • Prescriptions / Supplements / Medication Reviews
  • Preparation for appointments
  • Accompaniment to appointments
  • Hospital bedside monitoring
  • Pain Management and Palliative Care Consulting – finding the right resources
  • Healthcare proxy and advance directive assistance
  • Caregiver support
  • Guardianship or Conservatorship Services (limited by states and provinces)

medical billing reviews and negotiation

Medical Billing or Insurance

  • Medical bill reviews and reconciliation
  • Helping you choose the right health insurance plan or payer for you
  • Filing and tracking medical bill paperwork and payments
  • Negotiations: disputes, denials of claims, and appeals, for hospital bills or other medical billing
  • Medicare or Medicaid recommendations and decision-making (Advantage Plans, Medigap, others)

eldercare and end-of-life services

Home Health, Eldercare, End-of-Life Services – helping you find:

  • In-home nursing care
  • Home therapy and rehabilitation
  • Daily living assistance
  • Assisted living and nursing home recommendations
  • Hospice and palliative care services
  • End of life planning including advance directives
  • Work with “solo seniors” or “elder orphans”
  • Guardianship or Conservatorship Services (limited by states and provinces)

alternative and complementary advocacy services

Integrative Medicine Advocacy

  • Holistic medicine advocacy
  • Functional medicine advocacy
  • Complementary and alternative medicine advocacy

mental health services

Mental Health Advocacy Services

  • Substance abuse
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Bi-polar or other mental health related diagnoses

legal and fiduciary assistance

Legal and Fiduciary Assistance 
(related to health or medical care)

  • Family mediation (healthcare issues)
  • Worker’s Compensation assistance
  • Disability filings and review including Social Security Disability
  • Malpractice and medical error review
  • Guardianship or Conservatorship Services (limited by states and provinces)
  • End of life planning including advance directives

other health advocacy needs