Laura Willging

RN, BCPA
Laura

Laura Willging

RN, BCPA
Advocate Location
Dubuque , IA 52001
Specialty
Medical Guidance
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
(563) 412-6620 Email Advocate
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How I Can Help
Primary motivations are for highlighting patient rights and healthcare access. Helps to foster patient education, healthcare decision autonomy & self-governance. Assists with the establishment/maintenance of the patient and care provider relationship while encouraging shared decision making regarding informed consent or other pertinent patient safety aspects. Assists with overcoming access-to-care hurdles such as prior authorization insurance denials (or stalling) for ordered testing and prescribed medications. Strengths: assisting in the breast implant harmed patient community; implant device injury, illness, or the cancers caused by the devices; pushing for accountability, device regulation and proper patient informed consent.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • My geographical area of practice is N/A
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
Growing up, I helped care for a family member who had chronic health challenges. I’d attend doctor appointments and learn whatever I could. Later, when my grandpa was spending his last days in the hospital, he saw me in his room and thought I was his nurse and that stuck with me and my family ever since. I come from a family with a strong sense of justice and compassion for others. I’m grateful for the years of hands-on medical experience and field related work insights I have. I desire to help educate people about their own role in their healthcare by enhancing healthcare literacy and reviewing the options that are presented when patient is faced with difficult choices. I have been on the receiving end of healthcare services which has helped me grasp a more
rounded understanding and multi-perspective insights.
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Formal Education
Northeast Iowa Community College, ADN/RN, 2000
Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA)
Additional Skills
I have experience working for Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) navigating healthcare and prescription plans and monitoring progress of prescription insurance claims processing resulting in Prior Authorization approvals, denials and appeals. I have experience obtaining insurance Prior Authorization approvals on physician prescribed treatments, tests and prescriptions. I’ve assisted in advocating for person(s) in the prison system by submitting medical support narratives to their Attorney, State Medical Official(s) and DOJ. Assisted Veteran(s) with their VA disability case decision denial, appeal which did end up in decision reversal (awarded). Have knowledge of HIPAA application and health information coordination & management and patient care gap bridging between interdependent digital platforms and EMR; and manual data integration. Helped serve as an EHR (electronic health record) Epic Support Analyst upon facility’s transition to the larger EHR system. Am a Certified VO for the State Longterm Care Ombudsman Program, elevating the resident voice and educating residents, their families and all about resident rights related to the Older American’s Act and more.
Professional Affiliations
Registered Nurse, Board Certified Patient Advocate, serves on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit which helps to ensure patient voice and medical device safety awareness. State Certified VO; delegate to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.