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Posted by Positive Aging Community on 08/04/2022

Understanding Your Choices in Healthcare:

  • Do I need a second opinion? 
  • Is my doctor qualified? 
  • What treatment options are available 
  • What do all these medical terms mean? 
  • Receiving a healthcare diagnosis or admission to a hospital can be overwhelming. 

Dana Hutson, Patient Advocate - Cancer Champions Dana founded Cancer Champions to provide guidance to individuals and families facing a cancer diagnosis who are overwhelmed by the treatment options and the healthcare system.

How to Self Advocate for your Healthcare

Chat Transcript:

12:24:47     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Can you suggest a resource to compare Original Medicare with Medicare Advantage plans?

12:26:06     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Medicare Portal is a Positive Aging Champion that might help 703-214-4600 https://www.retirementlivingsourcebook.com/virginia/vienna/resources/medicare-portal

12:27:44     From  Kitty Devilbiss : Contact your local Area Agency on Aging.  A SHIP (state health insurance assistance program) specialist can provide  unbiased assistance

12:28:38     From  Chuck Brandstater : Comparing appears unlikely to be the point. As a Medicare beneficiary, you would be eligible to expand your medical coverage with either an Advantage plan or a Supplement plan. It is a very good idea to expand it in one of the two directions.

12:28:48     From  Kim Karlinchak : SHIP also known as VICAP

12:32:13     From  Chuck Brandstater : I got a SHIP specialist's help in applying in advance for both Original and Advantage; having both go into effect simultaneously is also worthwhile.

12:32:42     From  Stephanie Swerdlow   to   Hosts and panelists : Steve its kind of frustrating if the question is completely off track from the presentration

12:36:14     From  Chuck Brandstater : Portals need not be historical only, though. Using yours for ongoing treatment documentation is really valuable!

12:47:11     From  Chuck Brandstater : Sharing goals and concerns can be done partly through the portal; for this reason too, it's great that Dana cited portals before!

12:49:26     From  Elizabeth Martinez Umana   to   Hosts and panelists : Do I need to have authorization to record the conversation?

12:49:48     From  Rebeca Brown   to   Hosts and panelists : I know we are running out of time but if there is time for this question: When is it worth to seek an “out of State” doctor for a second or third opinion or reach out to the Mayo clinic for example for another opinion

12:52:27     From  Louis Tenenbaum   to   Hosts and panelists : fantastic. and scary!

12:52:48     From  Dixcy Bosley   to   Hosts and panelists : Doctors must hate you but patients surely love you.  Patient directed care!!!! Please teach medical school

One of the best Pos Aging programs ever.  Your granddaddy doctor lives on in you Dana

12:53:33     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Consumer Health Advocacy https://advoconnection.com/

12:53:55     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Care Partner Project https://thecarepartnerproject.org/

12:54:57     From  Dr. Gybrilla Ballard-Blakes : Amazing information Ms. Hutson! Thank you

12:55:01     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Dana Hutson

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12:56:38     From  Jessica Hardiman : Great Information! Thank you so much!

12:56:57     From  Willistine Page   to   Hosts and panelists : Do you advocate for Long Term Care patients in the hospital until they return to the Nursing Facility?

12:57:21     From  Stephanie Swerdlow : sorry mistake

12:58:56     From  Kitty Devilbiss : thanks so much for this information!  Extremely valuable.

12:59:54     From  R Hart : Wonderful information,thanks to you and Steve for sharing

13:00:02     From  Elizabeth Martinez Umana   to   Hosts and panelists : Thank you for empower us, I used to be afraid to ask questions out of respect to Doctor and trust them.   Im an Immigrant to this country and helping my community. God bless!

13:04:44     From  Stephanie Swerdlow : Thank you.  Excellent presentation

13:05:44     From  Louis Tenenbaum   to   Hosts and panelists : or home modifications, updates before a crisis!

13:07:33     From  Stephanie Swerdlow : would love the newsletter, how?

13:08:26     From  Paula David   to   Hosts and panelists : Thank you so much!


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