Michael Johnson

Choose Better Care

Michael Johnson

Choose Better Care
Advocate Location
Fair Oaks , CA 95628
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
TeleAdvocacy Available
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How I Can Help
As a medical device specialist in the operating room, I worked with more surgeons from a broader array of specialties than any physician I know. I've learned many things, primarily that everyone will need help guiding their healthcare at some point.

I help people navigate the medical system and discover their options. I help them find, analyze, and choose superior caregivers, especially surgeons. I fight for clients to get needed care and avoid unwanted treatment. I help decipher complex medical terminology, explain procedures, and analyze potential surgeons. Clients who understand their rights, specific treatment paths, and alternatives become empowered. Knowledgeable patients can take more control, be happier, and are more likely to get better care.

Managing medical issues and treatment options is challenging. But with some insight and direction, we can identify better caregivers and make better decisions. Each step can reduce stress and ease difficult situations.

I don't have all the answers, but I usually know who to call. I continually expand and refine my network of Board-Certified Patient Advocates. We have complementary and overlapping skills to assist client needs across various specialties and geographic ranges.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is Northern California & anywhere, virtually.
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
I had eye surgery and awoke blinded, both eyes covered, arms bound, strapped at the elbows. I was five years old. No one told me I would awake blind and bound. I learned early on that a lack of information can be torturous. Information is power; it lets you know your likely outcomes better, make better decisions, and get the care you want.

My sister agreed to brain surgery while terminally ill, which made her final months more miserable. My mother chose an unqualified surgeon for her second knee replacement. Looking back, this was the first sign of her cognitive decline; she would have otherwise chosen her previous, excellent surgeon who replaced her other knee. If only I knew then what I know now. I will never let that happen to a loved one, friend, or client.

My biggest takeaway during my first case as a spine consultant was, "Why did this patient choose this surgeon?". The doctor's specialty was not the spine. He was dependent on me to walk him through the surgical steps. He thanked me for my expertise, and I had zero experience! That moment was a catalyst for my becoming a patient advocate. I realized that intelligent people, comfortable researching items that are important to them, quickly grow frustrated when trying to analyze the skill, experience, and patient outcomes of potential care providers.

When evaluating a refrigerator, car, or new neighborhood, reliable data on user-friendliness and reliability of consumer items, comps on home prices, and ratings of area schools are readily available. But when we search for the best surgeons, reliable, actionable data is elusive. Search results consist of advertising and publicity hype. Beyond social media reviews, which are highly suspect, you'll find no negative information about a surgeon online.

This lack of data can lead to poor decisions when choosing caregivers. We may ask someone about the surgeon they chose. They might say a variation on what I've heard many times: "My surgeon was terrible! I stopped going to physical therapy. It was a total bust!" Hearing that, we can easily miss that our friend failed to do the physical therapy prescribed for proper recovery. As a result, we may write off the best surgeon in 5 counties and never know it. Or, like the patient in my first solo case as a spine consultant, we might walk into a hip and knee surgeon's clinic and authorize them to fuse our neck, never knowing that they decided to start "dabbling" in spine surgery. Or, we may go to the cardiovascular surgeon who we are thankful for saving our lives and ask them for a knee surgeon referral. We'll get a referral, but it will be that surgeon's friend or someone in their medical group. What's wrong with that? No surgeon has the time or ability to keep up with the surgical outcomes of other doctors, let alone those in different specialties.

What I've seen professionally and personally as a brother, son, husband, father, and friend compelled me to become an independent patient advocate. Find out if we're a good fit and if patient advocacy is suitable for you at www.ChooseBetter.Care
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Formal Education
AFI Conservatory, 1992
Additional Skills
Working with general, urologic, GYN oncologists, and cardiovascular surgeons in laparoscopic and robotic procedures, after spine and 'total joint' surgeons (hip and knee), I developed a passion for helping others identify, analyze and choose better surgeons. Working in didactic labs and the operating room with well over 180 surgeons, I've seen a lot; surgeon skill varies widely, a good personality does not translate to good surgical skills, and even surgeons get frustrated trying to find their own doctors. I've worked in the O.R. at major health systems, including Cedars Sinai, UCLA, Stanford, UC Davis, Sutter, Mercy, Kaiser, and a dozen V.A./Department of Defence facilities. I know that patients have more options than they're aware of.
Professional Affiliations
PAC Board, Board Certified Patient Advocate, 2022
The American Institute of Medical Sales, Spine, 2009
The American Institute of Medical Sales, Orthopedics, 2010
NAHAC, Member since 2022
APHA, Member since 2022