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Health Care Providers – Physicians, nurses, therapists, hospitals, medical clinics, dialysis clinics and others. These are individuals we interact with on an ongoing basis in order to manage our health. How do we know what questions to ask or even what questions are important? How do we know what providers can be beneficial to our particular situation? There are times when an advocate is beneficial to save time and errors.
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In a study recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, older adults receiving assistance with activities of daily living had lower rates of acute hospitalizations versus those not receiving assistance. The article states that nearly 30% of adults age 75 and older have one or more disabilities in performing basic activities of daily living. These activities include: bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring/mobility and eating.
There is discussion in health care circles about “quality metrics”, for example standards that must be met by physicians in order to ensure certain levels of patient care and in return that ensure certain levels of physician reimbursement. Many states also have pay for performance programs.
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Government rulings related to healthcare often have unintended consequences. Policy and law makers sometimes fail to give consideration to industry realities that arise as the result of what may appear to be clear and simple decisions. My least favorite for the past several years is Section 3025 of the Affordable Care Act that established the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.
Health and financial literacy represent an ability to receive and evaluate information. A caregiving advocate coordinates with providers and older adults to ensure preventative and ongoing medical care and manage life transitions as the result of aging.
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