Posts Tagged ‘ Patient Advocate ’

How Patient Advocates Can Improve Health Literacy

How Patient Advocates Can Improve Health Literacy

Many clinicians, insurance company claims representatives, lobbyists, and directors of medical associations do not realize how many adults in the U.S. (90 million) are not conversant with navigating the health care system. Even if they are aware of the fact itself, the seriousness of the implications may escape them. Low levels of health education...

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Excessive Medical Treatment?

Excessive Medical Treatment?

Upon reading Tara Parker-Pope‘s article, “Too Much Medical Treatment,” I was moved to compare and contrast my experience at San Francisco Kaiser Medical Center for the same issue: a moderately-severe sprained ankle that occurred on a Sunday. I checked in to the Emergency Room and was  immediately placed in an examining room. A nurse-practitioner...

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Trust Your Instincts!

Trust Your Instincts!

As a patient advocate, I’ve sometimes had to explain to clients that often a positive result from an early diagnostic will not change their medical regime. Additionally, many health issues in early stages either do not progress or, thanks to homeostasis or perhaps just the vagaries of life, sometimes self-resolve. 

Too much medical treatment...

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It’s here! National Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 4 – March 10

It’s here! National Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 4 – March 10

“Be Aware for Safe Care” is this year’s theme of the National Patient Safety Foundation. The NPSF leads global efforts to promote patient safety awareness among health care providers and consumers. Every year the NPSF reaffirms the Universal Patient Compact, a set of principles which emphasize the importance of partnership between patients and providers....

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More Profits for Health Insurers

More Profits for Health Insurers

Here we go again. Although California health insurers cannot justify raising premiums, rates continue to grow faster than underlying costs. Premiums for hundreds of thousands of individual policyholders are to increase at 8% to 14%. This is a significant chunk of change. My policy is $1,000 monthly. So a 14% increase is $140. The...

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Innovations in Health Care, or, You Can’t Keep a Good Guy Down.

Innovations in Health Care, or, You Can’t Keep a Good Guy Down.

Innovation eschewed in the field of medicine? From the KevinMD blog, an interesting article from several perspectives: how medical practice is steeped in convention, how Dr. Parkinson’s experience has implications for the field of patient advocacy, and whether patients with low-literacy issues would have been able to keep up with the technology-reliant administration of...

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Proven to Dramatically Reduce Medical Errors…

Proven to Dramatically Reduce Medical Errors…

Such a simple concept with a life-or-death impact — many physicians increasingly advocate using checklists to manage medical issues. This isn’t a new idea. The aviation industry and commercial building contractors have relied on this method for decades – with great results. Medicine has been a bit slower to adopt the checklist method, but...

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