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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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What is Elder Care? [Infographic]

home-health-care-for-elderlyElder care can mean different things to different people depending on where they live. However, it all boils down to the way senior citizens are cared for during their advanced age. It refers to how their special needs are met and by whom. Some governments have special arrangements for such elderly people while others largely adopt the traditional method of the younger family members caring for the elderly. Some of the key areas of elder care are:

  • Taking care of their nutritional needs.
  • Caring for their health needs.
  • Making sure that they are housed appropriately.
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Mayo Clinic Patient Advocate and Office of Patient Affairs Information

Mayo Clinic Patient Advocate

Mayo Clinic Patient Advocate

Many hospitals, especially well-renowned hospitals such as Mayo Clinic, have hospital patient advocates or navigators as they may be called, that help patients with any issue they may have while at the hospital.

Not to be confused with private patient advocates as MyDocHub helps you find, hospital patient advocates or navigators on the other hand are typically nurses or other care coordinators that help patients navigate the services provided by that particular hospital or organization. In the real sense a hospital patient advocate is a specially assigned person who listens to and helps patients with their complaints while at the hospital or using the hospital services.

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What is Shingles (Herpes Zoster)? – Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Shingles Awareness

Shingles is a common skin condition caused by the varicella zoster virus. Medically the condition is called herpes zoster to differentiate it from other forms of herpes infection. The varicella virus is the same virus that cause chicken pox rash commonly seen in childhood and in people whose immunity has dropped for whatever reason. After the chicken pox has healed, the virus remains dormant in nerve endings and should the person’s immunity drop to a certain level in the future, the virus flares up and causes a characteristic ‘chain-like’ rash. 

Symptoms of Shingles

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Cecil the Lion Killed by Walter James Palmer Dentist
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Who is Dentist Walter James Palmer Who Killed Cecil the Lion?

Walter James Palmer Dentist

Walter James Palmer, DDS Killed Cecil the Lion

55-year old Walter James Palmer, the Eden Prairie Minnesota dentist who killed “Cecil the Lion” in Zimbabwe, and recently wrote a letter of apology to his patients as a media firestorm continued to grow and his online business and social profiles were assailed with threats and hate messages, has had many issues that as an advocate should not be practicing dentistry with his many flawed judgments.

Dr. Palmer an avid hunter now faces the prospect of criminal charges after bribing gamekeepers roughly $50,000 to hunt the 13 year old iconic lion, a local tourist favorite who had been collared as part of an Oxford University research project.

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[Infographic] Cancer Patient Advocate

The cancer patient, above everything else, needs to know that there is someone in their corner. Someone who will help them find their way through the confusing, and sometimes daunting, world of modern medicine. Someone who will have their best interests in mind as they face challenges presented every day in their struggle to find, secure, and finance the best treatment available. And so, they need a private cancer patient advocate who can be in their corner.

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Cancer Patient Advocate Infographic

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3 Top Aging Tips: Decreasing Health Risks with Fitness

happy-old-peopleAging is something that happens to us all. As we grow older our organs, muscles, bones and ligaments lose their vibrancy, but there is one thing we can do for ourselves to combat the negative effects of aging. Exercise!

Especially for people in society that are over the age of 40, staying true to an effective fitness regime is mandatory for improving and keeping a high quality of life. There are a variety of different ways that exercising and staying fit can help a person. Here are a few examples.

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