Welcome Medicare Nation! Today we wrap up our “trilogy” about Care Coordination by talking to Patient Advocate Karyn Rizzo!
Karyn wrote the book - Aging in America - What you need to know about Navigating our Healthcare System
Karyn’s book is available on Amazon. It covers everything from finding a primary care physician, choosing Medicare programs, and also some information for LGBT friendly providers, and safety tips, fall prevention etc. It just covers lots of real life issues that you face, including respite and how to take a break from care giving!
The book came out of the needs Karyn saw in her work everyday! She knew there was so much information she needed to cover, so she created a powerful resource in the book!
Fall prevention tips that Karyn provides in the book:
Another great resource on fall prevention is mayoclinic,org
Advocacy for Patients is important today because of the following factors:
What a Patient Advocate Does:
Where do you find a Patient Advocate?
Sometimes called a Geriatric Care Manager, Social Service Agencies - There is a national website that provides a directory of caregivers:
AgingGuidebook1.com - Karyn’s website has TONS of resources
What type of Licensing does a Patient Care Advocate have?
Every state calls the role something different, but there are programs that certify in each state.
Generally, they are nurses or social workers, or have equivalent experience.
Licensing or certification is required for this role.
A Geriatric Care Manager is a position that you will have to pay for. Case managers that are paid by Medicare, the hospital or the insurance company will always represent those organization’s interest first, and yours afterward.
It is worth every penny to have someone in the trenches that is representing your best interests!
Online Tools when you are out of state from the patient:
These websites create a circle of care that allows everyone in that circle to have access to all the information and take action on different aspects of the care for the patient from where ever they are in the world.
Got questions about Patient Advocacy?
Karyn could assist in a consultative role if you are not located in FL. She can direct you to resources in your area.
Karyn can be reached:
By Phone: 727-452-1300
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have questions or feedback? I’d love to hear it!
I may answer one of your questions on the air!
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