From the AdvoConnection Blog: Why Won’t My Doctors Talk to Each Other?

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Why Won’t My Doctors Talk to Each Other?

Mrs. Adams had been visiting her son and his family. She was reading a book to her grandson, when she began to have trouble breathing and started breaking out in hives. She passed out, and her son dialed 9-1-1…. She’s back in her son’s home again now, looking back over the entire experience which was horribly traumatic, not just for her but for her son, her little grandson, and the entire family. They thought she was going to die, and ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: If You Don’t Tell Them, Who Will?

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It is provided here so you can find it in a search here at myAPHA.org, but you'll need to link to the original post to read it in its entirety.


If You Don’t Tell Them, Who Will?

Many readers know that the advocates whose profiles are found in the AdvoConnection Directory are members of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates. They are professionals who serve clients everyday, solving problems with the healthcare system or the cost of accessing that system. Or, as those patients who reach out to us claim, they are angels. What you may not know is that we publish blog posts and guidance for our advocates, too. Once a week or so, we post ...


Find the entire post here:  https://advoconnection.com/2017/07/10/if-you-dont-tell-them-who-will/

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From the AdvoConnection Blog: Yes, Sometimes the Doctor IS Wrong

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Yes, Sometimes the Doctor IS Wrong

This topic is very personal. In fact, over the years I have been affected by PTSD (post traumatic stress) because of it. But because it’s so personal, I may be the best person to share this lesson with you. My name is Trisha Torrey. 13 years ago this week, I found a lump on my torso, about the size of a golf ball. A surgeon removed it, it was sent off to the pathology lab for diagnosis, and two weeks ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: Here – Let Us Help You Pay Us Way Too Much!

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Here – Let Us Help You Pay Us Way Too Much!

Just when you think you’ve heard it all…. Now hospitals are “helping” their patients with finances, too. If you don’t give that much thought, then it seems like a great idea. “We recognize you owe us more money than you can afford, Mr. Johnson. So we’re going to help you figure out how to pay for it!” Yes, according to Stat, Financial counselors help patients navigate costly care, you, too, can sit with a hospital’s financial counselor to see how ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: “Do Not Quote Me”

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“Do Not Quote Me”

A few years ago I was at a picnic with a friend who is an orthopedist. The question was raised about whether advice given by doctors is always in the best interests of the patient. “Do not quote me,” was how he began his reply. At least that alerted me that he would give an honest opinion. What followed were a half dozen examples of times he had been forced to adjust his recommendations to patients because a number of ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: My Sibling Has Disabilities, My Parents Have Died – Now What?

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My Sibling Has Disabilities, My Parents Have Died – Now What?

This is such a difficult scenario, yet it happens every day. A child, perhaps mentally or physically disabled from birth, or one who might have suffered an accident earlier in life, grows into adulthood, having been cared for by very loving parents who did everything they could possibly do to care for their child. As everyone grows older, eventually both parents die, leaving behind the child with disabilities, now an adult, who has outlived his or her parents. Maybe the ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: The Dangers of Having Great Health Insurance

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The Dangers of Having Great Health Insurance

On occasion, in a conversation with new acquaintance, they’ll ask me what I do for a living. I tell them I established and run the most comprehensive directory of independent, private health and patient advocates and care managers online, supported by a marvelous professional organization whose members populate the directory. “Independent and private?” they ask me. “I don’t need an advocate like that because I have great health insurance!” “Oh but you’re wrong!” I reply.  “In some ways you need ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: Will the Waiter Spit In Your Soup?

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Will the Waiter Spit In Your Soup?

You’ve heard this fear before – that if you are too demanding of your waiter, or challenge him or her in any way, then he might spit in your soup as a form of revenge. Unfortunately, too many of us think the same of our doctors. As if, if we are difficult patients, then the doctor might metaphorically spit in our treatment soup; in other words, not provide for us what we need. Whether or not you realize it, you ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Independent Advocate?

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Independent Advocate?

Did someone say HIRE? Yes – hire. Independent health or patient advocates provide services you’ll usually pay for from your pocket, not covered by insurance. You might ask – Hey! Why aren’t they covered by insurance – or free?  We’ve discussed that previously, explaining that you WANT to pay for the service yourself, or at least let someone who has your best interests at heart be the payer. A loved one, or an employer – they do have your best ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: How to Juggle Long Distance Elder Parent Care

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How to Juggle Long Distance Elder Parent Care

Mom has been diagnosed with cancer, and Dad’s memory isn’t very good… You know you’re expected to be there to take care of them, but…. You live hundreds of miles away. You have a demanding job and your family to take care of. You can’t be in two places at once. You want to help! But you’re frustrated with the demands on your location and your time. And… you feel just a little bit guilty. How can you make choices ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: Are Health or Patient Advocate Services Covered by Insurance?

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Are Health or Patient Advocate Services Covered by Insurance?

This is a question I get asked frequently:  If I hire a patient or health advocate, will my insurance cover the cost? The answer might surprise you.  It’s yes – and it’s no – as follows, depending on who your advocate works for: There are patient advocates who work for hospitals and insurance companies – not you. Yes, they might be helpful (and if they can help you – that’s great!) but remember, they are not objective, and they ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: Tax Time! Can You Deduct the Cost of Your Patient Advocate?

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Tax Time! Can You Deduct the Cost of Your Patient Advocate?

I’ve spent most of the weekend working on my income tax filing. Yeah. You know. The fun never ends. Then the lightbulb moment arrived when I realized that you, the reader of this blog, might be interested to know whether there is a tax benefit to hiring an advocate. So we’ll begin with my disclaimer:  I am not an IRS (or CRA) agent or specialist. I am not a tax accountant or even a regular accountant or even a tax ...


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From the AdvoConnection Blog: Does Your Doctor Seem Tired?

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Does Your Doctor Seem Tired?

So we changed our clocks last night; lost an hour of sleep or an hour of our day. It’s Sunday, so at least most of us don’t have to go to work today, giving us a day to adjust. All day long we’ll look at the clock and think it seems weird. For many of us, the toughest part will be when the alarm goes off tomorrow morning, when we have to get up for work and feel like we…just…didn’t…get…enough…sleep…<br ...


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