| by Jeff Smith

The New Telehealth

Guest Blog: Monahan Law Group, LLC Chicago, Illinois As the nation grapples with a public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Telehealth has emerged as one of the most prominent “tools in the toolbox” to ensure access to care for individuals...
| by Annette Ticoras

Surviving Loneliness in the Wake of COVID-19

Our country has taken drastic but necessary measures to protect our citizens from COVID-19. This has left many people dealing with unfamiliar feelings of isolation and loneliness. Sadly, our senior population—who combat these feelings anyway—is...
| by Debby Deutsch

Patient Advocates and COVID-19: Does HIPAA Still Matter?

It goes without saying that within the last couple of weeks our world has been turned upside down as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Once the initial shock wears off, however, we realize that life still goes on and we need to adapt to new norms as...
| by Corina Savela

Caregiving is hard...And you're not a failure if you need help.

You feel like a failure. Why can't you do it all? That seems ridiculous when you read it, but when you feel it, it seems valid and you feel like a failure. Caregiving is hard work. Whether you are simply driving for your loved one now or sitting...
| by Antra Boyd

Patient Advocacy and Are You Informed?

How do you become informed? The CT SCAN was clean!!!! No lesions, tumors, or enlarged lymph nodes seen (except the orange-sized mass on my left ovary, of course). Again, not a guarantee, but that was really, really good news. My business partner...
| by Antra Boyd

Patient Advocacy & TMI (Too Much Information)

Remember the TMI warning? It’s about to get real. There is a lot of examining, testing and scanning. All this testing began when I went to see my GYN doctor because I was having this very clear, slightly pink vaginal discharge. Not normal, but I...
| by Antra Boyd

Patient Advocacy & an Ovarian Mass

Yes- I am now the patient. In September of 2018, an ultra-sound of my pelvis revealed a mass/cyst (it’s both) the size of an orange in and around my left ovary. I was immediately referred to a GYN/ONCOLOGIST who basically told me that based on my...
| by Nancy Ruffner

What's an "Elder Orphan," "Solo Ager," or "Solo"?

The term Elder Orphan refers to a growing demographic within our aging population. Rising in number, this fast-growing segment is garnering the attention of the nation. A working definition of this growing population is: “Elder Orphans or Solos...
| by Adria Goldman

Surprise Medical Bills and Balance Billing.... or Just Billed?

When you go to a hospital that is In-Network it only seems natural to think that everyone you work with at the hospital is covered within the facility. However, that is not the case. Clients have even come to me where they received medically...

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Paying Cash for Your Medical Care

There's a little secret out there for healthcare consumers that has the potential to save them hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Whether you are insured or not, the option of how to pay for your care offers an eye-opening glimpse into a system...
| by Tara L Bailey

Aging in Place: Staying Safe and Healthy at Home

Most adults would like to age in place (live at home independently and comfortably) for as long as possible. According to AARP, ninety percent of adults over the age of 65 state that they would like to stay in their current residence, though many...
| by Avrom Fox

Case Study----Patient Advocates and Medical Malpractice Lawyers Collaborate

For patient advocates to succeed, they must work collaboratively with physicians, social workers, discharge planners, insurance companies, and must interact with family members of the client. Many patient advocates are involved with patients who...
| by Gayle Byck

We’re Here…. But Who Are We?

There’s plenty out there about what patient advocates do. In the big picture, we help patients navigate the health care system. But what does that really mean? We are… problem-solvers A client came to me after trying for over 6 months to resolve...
| by Robin L Shapiro

Waking Up the Nation: Why GNA Matters

No one teaches us HOW to be a patient. When we are seen by the doctor or hospital and if something is seriously wrong, we rely on the system and professionals to point the way. Although this issue usually comes up when ‘the way’ is not black and...
| by Debby Deutsch

Maintaining Sanity; Burnout and Other Challenges for Family Caregivers

Support and assistance is properly focused on the needs of those afflicted with chronic and acute illness, and aging. Cancer Support Community, Alzheimer’s Association, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and many other organizations...