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Archive for the ‘Patient Advocacy’ Category

Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

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The Opiod Epidemic is bad - and getting worse - but it's not the only drug problem this country has Prescription drug use in America is out of control. That's not to say that I'm anti-medication by any means. Prescription drugs can literally be... Continue Reading »

Clinical Encounters: Where Communication Falls Short

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Posted on March 13th, 2018 by Anna Dolezal, under Clinical Trends, Healthcare Reform, Patient Advocacy, Something New

According a report by Kaiser Health News, the way we teach doctors to talk about death (and other tough topics) is changing This is a good thing. In traditional US medicine, doctors are trained so highly in clinical practices that their... Continue Reading »

RAISE Family Caregivers Act – What it means for you

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Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Anna Dolezal, under Healthcare Reform, Legislative Issues, Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Something New

Support when it counts On January 22nd, President Trump signed the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage) Family Caregivers Act into law. For families all around the country, this is wonderful news.  The RAISE Act was designed to... Continue Reading »

Advocating for Lower Healthcare Costs for Seniors – Revisited

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Posted on February 14th, 2018 by Sally Perkins, under Healthcare Reform, Insurance & Billing, Legislative Issues, Patient Advocacy

It feels like we're getting new information every day on how the US health system is changing. With costs seeming so volatile, we thought it'd be a good idea to revisit a previously published blog. Advocating for Lower Healthcare Costs for... Continue Reading »

How to Advocate for Your Advocate

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Posted on January 11th, 2018 by Anna Dolezal, under Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

We all Need a Little Help from Our Friends We say it all the time; everyone serves as an advocate at one time or another. Whether it’s taking your grandma to an appointment, sitting with a friend who’s waiting on scary test results, or even... Continue Reading »

Get to Know Your Advocate — Patsy Tongren

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Posted on January 1st, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Alternative Therapies, Patient Advocacy

Q: Tell us a little bit about how you got into private patient advocacy? A: I spent over 38 years being a nurse. I advocate for my patients, but outside of the hospital, patients come in to the ED or go into their doctor’s office who are alone,... Continue Reading »

Get to Know Your Advocate – Sibyl Yau

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Posted on December 11th, 2017 by Anna Dolezal, under Inspiring Stories, Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Tips & Resources

Q: Let’s start with the obvious; what you drew you to patient advocacy? A: I’m an only child and my parents were older when I was born. My mother was 36 when she had me, so I grew up with older parents who had healthcare issues. I became a... Continue Reading »