Healthcare Advocacy Liaison ~ Scituate, MA 02066
Having worked in the healthcare setting for over twenty-five years, I have heard your story. I have heard your story about being diagnosed with a serious medical illness and not knowing your options of where to turn next. I have heard your story about your healthcare providers not communicating with each other. I have heard your story about feeling you were rushed through your doctor's visit and leaving the appointment with unanswered questions. I have heard your story about not knowing your rights as a patient.
So, your story has become my story; my story of a passion that was born to help you, the healthcare consumer, get to the heart of the matter of navigating through America's complex Healthcare system, so that you can journey your healthcare experience with ease, understanding, and satisfaction.
Barbara O'Halloran Smith, Board Certified Patient Advocate is founder and president of ABC FOR YOUR HEALTH, LLC: a private, independent, and professional healthcare advocacy liaison firm Advocating Best Care for you the consumer. Barbara brings to her clients a wealth of education and experience. She has earned an Associated Degree in Medical Administrative Assisting from Hesser College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University, a post Bachelor Certification in Patient Advocacy from UCLA Empowered, and a Certificate in Case Management from Boston University School of Social Work. Barbara also has over 25 year's work experience in the healthcare industry with backgrounds in family medicine, pediatrics, and specialty; most recently a leadership role at Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare, working to coordinate patient care in a primary care setting.
As a healthcare advocate liaison, Barbara's allegiance is to the client and their family; not to the healthcare provider, corporation, or insurance industry. To create a Person Centered Plan of Care, Barbara sees the client and their family as the primary stakeholders, placing them at the center of the decision-making process for their own health and well-being, as an effort for clients to successfully achieve their healthcare goals.
Why we do this ~ The healthcare market of today has transitioned from sole ownerships and small practice partnerships into consolidated healthcare corporate conglomerates. These transitions have placed increasing restrictions onto the healthcare provider making it much more difficult for them to deliver the highest quality of care. Providers must adhere to these restrictions by the healthcare organizations who employ them, as well as the insurance companies who reimburse them; restrictions that ultimately impact the cost, quality and access of healthcare for the consumer.
Prepare for and accompany clients to appointments
Coordinate transition of one level of care to another
Consult with your healthcare team
Develop a "Person Centered Plan of Care"
Maintain communication with loved ones
Make certain your questions are answered
Maintain a current list of medication
Assist with Advanced Directives and Health Care Proxies
Know your Rights as a Patient
"I don't understand why my doctors don't talk with each other. My cardiologist doesn't talk with my primary care doctor and my primary care doctor doesn't talk with my eye doctor. I need someone who will help me make sure all my doctors are communicating with each other".
- Frank M. age 88
At ABC FOR YOUR HEALTH we Advocate Best Care for our clients and families working to develop a "Person Centered Plan of Care", involving active participation from the client and those family members designated by the client to participate in the decision-making process. By asking questions and gathering input from family, loved ones, the healthcare interdisciplinary team, an effective care plan can be developed that will address how the client's needs and healthcare goals can be achieved. The result is an individualized care plan that supports personal life choices.
ABC FOR YOUR HEALTH is a privately owned and independent healthcare advocacy liaison practice based in Scituate, Massachusetts. We provide clients and their families with the reesources and tools necessary to navigate the American healthcare system. We work with clients and families as true partners in their own health, empowering the client to become a confident healthcare consumer.
Based out of Scituate, Massachusetts, providing services throughout Massachusetts from the Greater Boston area to the South Shore communities of Massachusetts, including Hingham, Cohassett, Scituate, Marshfield, Duxbury, Hanover, Norwell, Weymouth, Plymouth, and beyond.
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ABC FOR YOUR HEALTH, LLC does not provide legal, medical, or financial advice, but works to identify options and resources for their clients.