types of patient advocates

“When I’m Sixty-Four” and If I’m Alone….

Back in 2004, I was between husbands, and in my early 50s. As silly as that may sound (“between husbands”), the truth was, I spent 18 years with that status, between divorce and remarriage… and I was alone. “Alone” is the key to today’s post. Back in 2004, I was also diagnosed with a rare and terminal lymphoma. Yes – terminal – and yet here I am writing about it in 2019. You can read …

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A HUGE Step Forward for Patients: BCPA

When you run into problems with the legal system, who do you call?  A lawyer, of course. When you run into problems with your taxes, who do you call?  An accountant, of course. If you have trouble with your hair, you call a hairdresser. If the wires or pipes in your house give out, you call a plumber or electrician…. Each of these service careers is represented by skilled professionals who have earned credentials through …

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Here – Let Us Help You Pay Us Way Too Much!

Just when you think you’ve heard it all…. Now hospitals are “helping” their patients with finances, too. If you don’t give that much thought, then it seems like a great idea. “We recognize you owe us more money than you can afford, Mr. Johnson. So we’re going to help you figure out how to pay for it!” Yes, according to Stat, Financial counselors help patients navigate costly care, you, too, can sit with a hospital’s …

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Are Health or Patient Advocate Services Covered by Insurance?

This is a question I get asked frequently:  If I hire a patient or health advocate, will my insurance cover the cost? The answer might surprise you.  It’s yes – and it’s no – as follows, depending on who your advocate works for: There are patient advocates who work for hospitals and insurance companies – not you. Yes, they might be helpful (and if they can help you – that’s great!) but remember, they are …

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What’s the Difference Between Hospital Patient Advocates and Independent Advocates?

Francine reports:  After my husband Leonard had surgery last week, he stayed in the hospital four more days. I stayed by his side as much as I could and waited every day for the surgeon to check on him. I had a million questions! But I never saw the surgeon again once the surgery was over. I waited patiently for the first day after the surgery. No surgeon. I called the surgeon’s office and they …

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