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Patient Advocates: Your guide to navigating a confusing medical landscape

Patient Advocates help secure better medical care for yourself or a loved one – it’s their job

Today’s medical system is very complex and difficult to understand, which can especially apply to individuals in their later years. One of the most important and challenging aspects for any patient is learning how to self-advocate as they try to navigate all of the options and choices available to them.

With so many different options, rules and requirements, it can feel almost impossible to know what the “right” course of action is. Too little information is provided, explanations are unsatisfactory, and a patient who is under stress or experiencing decreased mental functioning can find it difficult to comprehend most information.

Based in Colorado, Marie Connelly is a Complete Patient Advocate who relies on her 35+ years of experience in the medical field to guide her clients to the best care possible for their situations and assists with:

  • Prescription monitoring
  • Negotiating additional benefits from insurance companies
  • The creation, implementation, and monitoring of patient care plans, and
  • Facilitating clear communication between the patient, the patient’s family, and health care providers. 

“Bringing all the years of experience that I have to the table, I can facilitate it better for others. People get in the healthcare system, get totally overwhelmed, and make poor decisions. I help them look at other options,” says Marie.

Patient Advocacy is a growing field. Now, every hospital is required by law to have a professional Advocate on staff – Marie recommends making use of their services. You may also choose to hire a professional Complete Patient Advocate in your area. Two websites for locating local Advocates are: www.AdvoConnection.com and the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) website: https://nahac.memberlodge.com/

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