Help! I’ve Fallen and No Insurance Company Will Take My Voucher!

I am not opposed to lowering Medicare costs.  After all, it is money I have put in and would like it to be around when I need it.  Medicare has been a life saver for many people.  It is a plan that has provided health care treatment without the threat of being dropped.  It doesn’t…

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Notes From My Radio Show:The Empowered Patient

On the last friday of the month, I do a radio show,The Empowered Patient. The last show was titled,  The Nursing Home Roller Coaster: Tips for getting Quality Service. My guest was Siri Bani Ludlam, an accomplished artist, mother, teacher and yoga studio owner. Siri Bani’s story is about her mother who was diagnosed with…

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The Confusing World Of Rehab: Insurance

As with all things in healthcare these days, it is driven by insurance.  This is the case with rehabs.  Most all insurances have hospital and rehab benefits. In private insurances, the covered varies as do coinsurances and copays.  The average fro rehab coverage is 100 days.  On admission, request the billing department or case management…

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The Confusing World Of Rehab: How It Works

One of the learning curves for me as an advocate was the world of rehabilitation.  It is a system that appears to be easy to navigate but is not.  I had to develop a special radar for understanding the dynamics and innuendos of the system.  Mostly, I had to accept that information was not easy…

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Tips to Surviving Hospital to Rehab:

One of my jobs as an advocate is to navigate the transition from a hospital admission to a rehabilitation facility to managing life once in the rehab facility.  The most important role I can play during this time is to keep the emotions from erupting on both sides. Patients and families are often told about…

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ACOs: What if the patient just says No?

There is much buzz about Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). Their birth occurred  as part of the Healthcare Reform Act and everyone is vying to be the first on the block to have a workable design.  The concept is that doctors, hospitals and ancillary services will form partnerships and networks to provide care for Medicare services.…

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Medicare Administration has a Senior Moment

Yesterday, I wrote about hospice and how Medicare was now paying for end of life planning.  Oops!  I was wrong.  Today, the Medicare Administration states they are removing that regulation and will not pay for it.  It seems somebody in those offices is having a senior moment.  Forgot you gave it the OK?  Are you…

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To All Caregivers: My Thanks to You.

I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all and especially to caregivers everywhere!  I continue to be amazed by the work, commitment and sacrifice of each caregiver I meet.  The work and worry is never ending.  Lives revolve around activities of daily living, medications, exercises, appointments and the ever looming emergency.  Sleep is often…

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