Cassandra Ashby

RN, CCM
Cassandra

Cassandra Ashby

RN, CCM
Advocate Location
Morris , IL 60450
Specialty
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Insurance & Billing
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
(815) 453-8531 Email Advocate
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How I Can Help
With over 37 years of healthcare experience and 10 years of Patient Advocacy I can help you navigate the fragmented healthcare system to get the care you need. I will be the “wingman” and help make ones journey through the health care system as smooth as possible. I know how to get the care needed.
Some areas of my expertise:
Joint Pain and Joint replacement surgery
Back pain and back surgery
Cardiac Care
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
Organ Transplant (Liver, Kidney, Heart)
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Diabetes Management
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Geriatrics
Medication Management and Medication Planners
Victims of abuse, exploitation, or neglect
Long Term Private Duty in home
Long term Care Facilities (LTAC)
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
Transition of Care Levels from ICU through the Rehabilitation settings and back to home.
Home Health
Health Insurance Navigation (Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Commercial, Employer Groups, Obama Care, and uninsured or underinsured)
Help finding Primary Care Providers and Specialists
Chronic and multiple Complex Disease Management
Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Acute New Onset Disease Management
Palliative Care
Hospice Care
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is Chicago IL and surrounding areas, International Patients coming to Chicago for health care
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
Being a Nurse, I've nearly seen it all when it comes to seeing good and bad outcomes managing health conditions. I understand the barriers and how to move the roadblocks. It has been especially concerning when my significant other began experiencing night sweats, inability to climb 1 flight of stairs without being short of breath, and then was having chest discomfort during cardio exercises. We both became frustrated with the Multiple Cardiology and Emergency Room visits that did not produce the right answers of what is wrong. In fact, one of his emergent episodes he was misdiagnosed and treated for Coronary Heart Occlusion and was stented then placed on a new FDA Approved blood thinner that did not have any studies for coming off of during the first 18 months if needed. Once my significant other finally accepted help from one of my colleges to get him into one of the Chicago Major Universities known for outstanding Cardiac Care, that's when everything came to light and the truth of his heart condition was actually needed an emergent open heart surgery due to an abnormally genetic enlarged heart. Fortunately this university had one of the handful of imaging tools in the united states to help make this very challenging diagnosis. His new doctors told us surgery has to be delayed until they can get him off this new blood thinner safely in order to perform the surgery.
I have experience with international patients. One particular case was a middle aged American who had a brain bleed while in Dubai. She was in their health care system for treatment for 18 months and family wanted to repatriate her back to the USA to continue her treatment here.
I have many Patient Advocacy experiences that I have been through which patients have excellent outcomes.
I am honest and straight forward, I do go the extra mile that it takes to have good outcomes.
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Formal Education
Pacific Coast College, Santa Ana Ca, LVN, 1990
Joliet Jr. College, Joliet IL, ADN, 2012
Additional Skills
My experience as a Nurse Case Manager and a Clinical Practice Consultant for a major health insurance company I understand the inside aspects of those "additional requirements" for approvals. I know how to use the medical policies and escalate approval processes to jump through the hoops. This experience can quickly get the care needed timely, cost effective, and less stress.
Professional Affiliations
Certified Case Manager (CCM)
Clinical Practice Consultant (CPC) for Medicare Advantage Plans