Lori Bleich

North Star Patient Advocacy

Lori Bleich

North Star Patient Advocacy
Advocate Location
Claremont , CA 91711
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
(626) 542-7320
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
The biggest barrier to better health care is poor communication. That’s where I come in. Knowledge is power. I empower my clients to ask the proper questions and understand the answers. I encourage and assist you in becoming an active participant in your health care, not just a passive recipient. Engaged and empowered patients are more likely to have positive health outcomes. It is your health, and you have the right to have your voice heard and to be treated as an individual and not a statistic.

In the last 30 years, I have worked as a medical records reviewer and medical documentation specialist and have read the medical records of tens of thousands of patients in dozens of hospitals and clinics. I have witnessed firsthand how lack of proper communication between patient and physician can adversely affect patient outcomes. I have seen errors being made that never should have been allowed to happen. I have advocated for friends and family members for years, through cancer diagnoses and cardiac bypass procedures, diabetes and heart failure and so many things in between, and I know that even for intelligent, well-educated people, navigating the maze of the healthcare system in this country is daunting and stressful.

As a board-certified patient advocate, I use my accumulated knowledge and abilities to help empower people to make informed healthcare decisions and navigate a complex healthcare system. It is my hope that I can help to eliminate as much stress as possible so that my clients can focus on healing and remaining healthy.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is Southern California Pomona Valley/San Gabriel Valley/Inland Empire
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
In 2012, my then 16-year-old son was diagnosed with a very rare vascular sinus tumor that caused profuse hemorrhaging. Initially I was terrified, but having worked in the healthcare field since 1988, I thought I had the situation mostly under control. Twelve hours of surgery, three blood transfusions, five days in ICU later, and a bill for half a million dollars that appeared in the mail one day quickly taught me that I did not have it under control. I wish I’d had the guidance of a patient advocate during that time, but I was not aware such a person existed. Now, I am that advocate, and can assist others in navigating similar situations.
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Formal Education
University of California Santa Barbara, Psychology, 1980
Additional Skills
A special area of interest for me is breast cancer. My mother is a 40+ year breast cancer survivor, and much of my professional experience has been working for various breast centers and prominent breast cancer specialists. For most of the 90s, I was the Educational Coordinator for a national continuing education program in mammography run by a team of doctors here in Southern California. It was here that I first realized how important it was to empower patients, and the seed of a patient advocacy practice was planted.

I also have experience with people with developmental disabilities. My sister is developmentally disabled, and I have personal insight into the challenges and special needs of those with developmental disabilities.