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How Are Nurses Patient Advocates?

Nurse Patient Advocate

Nurse Patient Advocate

The term nurse patient advocates usually refer to nurses who are the liaison between patients and doctors, and they typically help patients understand their diagnosis and make the best decisions about their health in mostly an hospital setting. A nurse patient advocate helps the patient’s specific issues, and may at times conflict with the doctor’s orders.

Since nursing advocacy is based on 3 core values, preserving human dignity, patient equality and freedom from suffering, nurses are ideally suited for moving into the role of patient advocates. In fact, many patient advocates are former or currently practicing nurses, who have seen how the healthcare system works and have actually advocated for a patient directly or indirectly while in their hospital or medical provider job.

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Why Have a Patient Advocate?


Why have a patient advocate

You must be wondering, why get a patient advocate when you can simply do it yourself? I would say, you should try to be your own patient advocate, or advocate for a loved one, but remember just like you do your taxes, it doesn’t make you a CPA.

You may be able to negotiate with a hospital or doctor’s office regarding a medical bill for an example, but eventually you will need help interpreting the medical billing codes in your Explanation of Benefits (EOB), and that would most likely stop you in your tracks.

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What Do Patient Advocates Charge for Services?


Patient Advocate Helping Client

Patient advocates, especially private patient advocates, those that are not affiliated with a hospital or healthcare provide, typically charge a fee for their service, but they work solely on your behalf and can help you more in the long run, since they are not beholden to others but you.

First off all, to start to understand what a patient advocate charge, is to look at it from what benefits do they provide and then work your way backwards. An analogy will be what if a patient advocate can help save your life or your parent’s life by making sure your doctor or healthcare provider did all the necessary tests that made sure you or your loved one was not misdiagnosed? What will that service be to you financially?

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Kaiser Permanente Patient Advocate Score – California

Kaiser Permanente Patient Advocate

Kaiser Permanente Patient Advocate

The report card provided below are from the California’s Patient Advocate Office, which examines the major HMOs and PPOs in California, and by the large population of California, gives a good indicator of how Kaiser Permanente’s patient services are viewed nationwide.

How can a Patient Advocate Help?

A patient or health advocate may:

  • Make sure that you and your family know all the facts about your condition and your care.
  • Give you and your family emotional support.
  • Help you get copies of your medical records.
  • Help with delays in getting tests, treatment, or information.
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What Pope Francis Can Teach You About Patient Advocates

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Pope Francis Visit to U.S.

Pope Francis and Patient Advocacy. The two don’t seem to have all that much in common. But in all reality, Pope Francis can teach us a lot about the power and kindness of Patient Advocates.

Soon to be visiting many beloved Catholics, and admirers alike, Pope Francis will be on United States soil September 22nd, 2015. An incredibly exciting occasion for thousands of people, this visitation by someone that is creating quite the wave of positivity can be beneficial for all, whether religious or not.


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3 Benefits of Hiring a Geriatric Care Manager

geriatric-care-manager-with-patientAn experienced Geriatric Care Manager is worth more than their weight in gold if you or a loved one, need a second set of professional ears and eyes.

Highly trained and skilled in working with the Elder Community, Geriatric Care Managers are tasked with identifying, assessing and developing planning strategy that help their clients obtain their goals throughout their healthcare journey.

So what are the benefits of having one at your side?

  1. Actively and pro-actively manage and remove barriers that impede care outcomes.  An experienced Care Manager will stay in the present but will always   have an eye towards the future.  They anticipate and plan for challenges before they occur so that any potential obstacles are removed.
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What is Harvoni? Side Effects and Cost [Infographic]

Male liver anatomy with digestive organsHarvoni is drug used to treat Hepatitis C (Hep-C) in adults and it contains a combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir. Ledipasvir and sofosbuvir are antiviral medications that prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) cells from multiplying in your body.

Things to Consider Before Taking Harvoni

You should not use Harvoni if you are allergic to ledipasvir and sofosbuvir, or if you are also taking sofosbuvir tablets (Sovaldi).

To make sure Harvoni is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Liver problems other than hepatitis C;
  • Kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); or
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The Skill of Patient Advocacy [Putnam Health Advocates]

patient-advocate-resourcesRecently, I received calls from two large provider networks asking me about patient advocates who are calling their facilities and asking for pricing of procedures (it wasn’t us) and demanding medical records.  The providers were curious about HIPAA guidelines and release of information rather than providing the requested information which, they appeared to have no problem doing.   This got me to thinking about the profession of today’s patient advocate; what separates the good ones from the rest of the field?

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Patient Advocate Information

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Patient Advocate

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Patient Advocate

Like many of you who has had a tough time finding the right person or phone number to call, we at MyDocHub feel that getting in touch with a patient advocate within a hospital or cancer center is very important, especially in a cancer treatment and research center such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

First of all, Dana–Farber Cancer Institute is a world-renowned cancer treatment and research center in Boston, Massachusetts that was founded in 1947. It is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and a founding member of Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute as a NCI-Designated cancer treatment center.

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