| by Dr Elena Borrelli

Is a Private Patient Advocate Worth the Cost?

Yes… While we can probably agree that our health is important! However, we also have to be considerate of the costs. We need money for necessities for food, clothing, housing, etc. In addition, many of us already have accrued healthcare costs...
| by Dr Elena Borrelli

How to Find the Right Second Medical Opinion

The Importance of a second opinion Deciding to get a second opinion is a difficult choice in itself. Many times patients are hesitant to ask for a second opinion because they feel that their current doctor or other healthcare provider will think...
| by Morgan Kelley

Health Insurance Price Transparency: What's The Status?

My long time wish of fee-schedule transparency has mostly come true. Fee Schedules are the actual cost of services when using insurance- it is the price agreed upon between a provider (doctor, hospital, office) and insurance companies. For example...
| by GNA Admin

Patient Advocacy – A Voice For The Voiceless

By Maria Vigodsky, M.Ed, BCPA, CRC, BCP, Independent Patient Advocate I had the privilege of serving as an advocate for a religious clergy member who was hospitalized for COVID in 2021. He went from perfectly healthy one day to a medical crisis...
| by Anne Llewellyn

Meet An Independent Health Advocate Who Used Her Skills to Advocate On the State and National Level

In Issue 4 we meet Mary Daniel, Independent Patient Advocate from Jacksonville Fl. Mary shares how she used her skills and creativity to advocate for her husband and others who were in nursing homes, during COVID and could not have visitors. Her...
| by Dr Elena Borrelli

What To Do When Cancer Treatment Is Not Working?

Cancer stinks. That’s something that we can all agree on. Cancer is unexpected bad news that no one wants to hear. Oftentimes a treatment plan is started immediately, due to the potential quick disease progression. So what happens when cancer...
| by Anne Llewellyn

How Healthcare Advocates Can Prevent Unsafe Discharges

By Janet Beesting Nelson, RN, BSN, BCPA, Healthcare Advocate from Ormond Beach Florida. Failed discharges happen all too often. Hospitals are busy places, and case managers and discharge planners are pressured by administration to move patients...
| by Anne Llewellyn

Patient Advocacy – A Voice for the Voiceless by Maria Vigodsky, M.Ed, BCPA, CRC, BCP Independent Patient Advocate

I had the privilege of serving as an advocate for a religious clergy member who was hospitalized for COVID in 2021. He went from perfectly healthy one day to a medical crisis the next. Having difficulty breathing, the patient went to the hospital...
| by Anne Llewellyn

Everyone Needs An Advocate When They Enter the Healthcare System

By Anne Llewellyn, MS, BHSA, RN, CCM, CRRN, CMGT-BC, BCPA, FCM. Follow Anne's weekly blog, Nurse Advocate, where she shares stories and events that help people be better prepared when they enter the healthcare system. You can find Anne at www...
| by Morgan Kelley

Self-Pay vs. Insurance

Many of us idolize health insurance as a cost-saving tool. When we go to the doctor, we pull out the little card used to save money while getting services. Sometimes, we are shocked at the medical bill we receive weeks later. Why is the cost so...
| by GNA Admin

Your Health, Your Voice: Tips on Becoming an Advocate for Yourself and Loved Ones

Guest Blog: This blog was written and submitted by Courtney Rosenfeld, the creator of gigspark . Rosenfeld is a writer who covers topics that explore Lifestyle, mental health, and the gig economy, and other related topics. As an adult, it can be...
| by GNA Admin

Are Patient Advocates The Next Marcus Welby? They Could Be

Written and submitted by GNA member, Avrom Fox During my many years of working as a patient advocate, I have had cases ranging typically from days, to weeks, months and perhaps a couple of years. The most unusual case I have been blessed with has...
| by Paul Ennis

“Know Thyself…” – Socrates & AFib/Healing

Got AFib? Let us Talk... is a continuing series of articles written by Paul W. Ennis, PPAHN detailing his individual experiences with Atrial Fibrillation/AFib. These articles are not to be considered 'Medical Advice', nor do they contain 'Medical...
| by Dr Elena Borrelli

Is Genetic Testing Right For You?

You may have heard about genetic testing. But what exactly is it and is it something you should consider? Genetic testing identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. It can be used for precision medicine to help best manage your...
| by Dr Elena Borrelli

Is a Private Patient Advocate Worth the Cost?

Yes…   While we can probably agree that our health is important! However, we also have to be considerate of the costs. We need money for necessities for food, clothing, housing, etc. In addition, many of us already have accrued...