What is a patient advocate and what do they do?
A Patient Advocate is a professional who helps patients navigate the complex healthcare system. With today’s healthcare system getting more complicated than ever before, patients and their loved ones frequently feel completely overwhelmed. At Ohio Patient Advocates, we are dedicated to helping patients receive the quality medical care they deserve, by assisting and supporting patients and their families in dealing with doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.
How much would your services cost?
We have found that most of our clients’ issues can be resolved in a short time, with a cost range of just $90 to $120 per hour. When our services are needed to resolve a more complex situation, or over an extended period of weeks or months, the cost may begin at $950, depending on the particular situation involved. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality services at a reasonable and affordable cost, and we always provide our clients with a cost forecast up front.
Because of a recent illness, I have medical bills coming in from every direction. It’s impossible to understand a lot of these bills and I’m concerned that I’m being overcharged. Can you help me with this?
Yes. According to the Wall Street Journal, 30-40% of all medical bills contain errors. These errors can cause serious damage to your credit, with 14 million Americans burdened by medical bill errors on their credit reports. These errors include overcharges, double billing, clerical mistakes, and bills for treatment that was never received. Ohio Patient Advocates can save you potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars by carefully cross-checking medical bills to identify errors, mistakes and inaccurate charges, and then negotiating to correct or eliminate these improper charges.
My grandmother is on her own and is starting to need help around the clock. Our family isn’t sure if in-home care, a nursing home, or assisted living is the right fit for her. Can you help us through this process?
Yes. Many families struggle with this complex dilemma. Ohio Patient Advocates starts by understanding your loved one’s unique needs, concerns and priorities. We research your options, arrange for visits of facilities, schedule necessary meetings, and interview in-home caregivers. We facilitate your decision making process by guiding you through a review of the options and their merits. We also engage in regular follow-up to make sure that the needs and goals of your loved one continue to be met.
I’m trying to care for an ailing parent. My father relies on me to schedule his appointments, take him to doctor visits, pick up medications, etc. I help as much as I can, but I also have a full-time job, children to care for, and other obligations. Could you help me with some of this so I’m not so overwhelmed?
Absolutely. We can assist with all of your loved one’s scheduling needs, medication pickups, doctor and hospital appointments, and help to make sure that his care runs smoothly, so both of you can focus on what matters most.
I live out of town and can’t be there to help my parents with their healthcare. What could Ohio Patient Advocates do for me?
Caring for an aging or ailing parent from a long distance is an enormous challenge. You need someone you can trust – a professional who will bridge the gap between what you can reasonably do and what your loved ones need. From assistance with making and traveling to routine doctor appointments, to periodic checks on your loved ones’ wellbeing, to intensive and personalized case management, Ohio Patient Advocates provides the expertise, integrity and peace of mind that you and your loved ones deserve.
Will my doctor be upset because I am getting help from a patient advocate?
You have the right to choose a Patient Advocate to assist you with your medical care. Our goal at Ohio Patient Advocates is to help the wheels of your medical care turn as smoothly as possible, so you receive the care you deserve. We work to facilitate good communication between you and your doctor. We work cooperatively with your doctor and the doctor’s staff to ensure that you are a well informed patient, that your questions are being answered, and that the concerns of you and your doctor are being addressed. We work to prevent problems or, if one does develop, to quickly resolve it for you. Professionals in the medical field appreciate the assistance that a Patient Advocate can provide to the patient.
My doctor says that I need a medical procedure, but my insurance company is giving me the runaround and a bunch of red tape. What should I do?
Call the experts at Ohio Patient Advocates. We not only assist you in obtaining pre-certification of important tests and procedures ordered by your doctor, but also negotiate with the insurance company in case of denials, delays, or refusals to authorize. And we assist you in the appeals process. Our goal is that you receive the insurance benefits that you are entitled to.
I want to make sure that if I get sick or pass away, my wishes are met. How can I accomplish this?
Advance planning brings a great deal of peace of mind to you and your loved ones, and can save time and money if tragedy strikes. Ohio Patient Advocates understands the importance of advance planning, and we can guide you through the process of obtaining your living will, healthcare power of attorney, general power of attorney, and last will and testament. With just a little planning, you can save your family from avoidable expense and anxiety in the future.
I need a second opinion, but can’t seem to get an appointment. The receptionist keeps telling me that the earliest they can see me is in two months, but I need to be seen now. Can you help me?
Yes. With our experience, Ohio Patient Advocates can break through the barriers to your care, to help you receive the timely medical attention you need and deserve.
I’ve been ill recently and keep going in and out of the hospital. I’ve asked to stay longer, but they just keep sending me home and then readmitting me later. What should I do?
Readmissions are a common problem facing both patients and hospitals. Millions of patients are being discharged and then readmitted later for the same medical issue. At Ohio Patient Advocates, we work with you and your physicians after your discharge so that you can receive the continued care, medications and follow-ups needed to reduce the chances of readmission.
I’m having a hard time keeping track of all of my medical records and information, medical history, tests, lists of medications and list of allergies. Is there anything you can do?
Yes. Not only is the the amount of personal medical information overwhelming, but how often do we have to repeat the same information over and over again? Ohio Patient Advocates has developed the solution to this problem, helping to ensure that your personal medical information is centralized, organized, accurate and secure. Ohio Patient Advocates can prepare an electronic copy of your contact information, medical documents and records, list of medications, list of allergies, list of physicians, list of important contacts, and your advance directive documents. All of these will be stored on a convenient, password protected device that can be taken with you to your doctor appointments and hospital visits. You can even share this information with family members at your discretion.
I’ve been diagnosed with a serious medical condition and I’m not sure what my options are. Can you help me research this?
Good information leads to good decision making. At Ohio Patient Advocates, we help gather the information you need to understand your tests, diagnosis, medications and treatment options, so you can be a well informed patient who can focus on the most important thing – your treatment and recovery.
Why do I need a Patient Advocate when I can do all this myself?
Like any other service provider, Ohio Patient Advocates can work best for you if we are consulted before a crisis hits or you feel overwhelmed. Preventing problems or solving them early can save money and valuable time. Navigating the healthcare system alone can be burdensome, frustrating and time consuming. Ohio Patient Advocates is truly the ounce of prevention.
Is a Patient Advocate going to take over everything relating to my medical care?
A Patient Advocate does not take over your decision making. You remain in control and will continue to make decisions about your medical care. You decide how much assistance fits your needs. Whether it’s a little or a lot, Ohio Patient Advocates is here to provide just the right measure of help.
Can you help me choose the Medicare plan that is right for me?
Choosing a Medicare plan can be confusing and complex. With so many options, it is sometimes difficult even to know where to start. Ohio Patient Advocates simplifies this process and helps you understand your choices, so you can make your selection with confidence.
Do you offer guarantees?
Ohio Patient Advocates guarantees its best efforts on your behalf. But we can never promise or guarantee a particular outcome or result.
How safe will my personal information be in your hands?
Ohio Patient Advocates has no higher goal than to protect and safeguard the security, privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. We take this obligation seriously. We will not sell any of your information to anyone, and we will not disclose your information to anyone without your prior consent.