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With the holiday season in full swing, I know I am looking forward to seeing my twenty-something kids who are in town. In years past our family has done a lot of entertaining – and this season is typically a chance for us to catch up with friends old and new. With the COVID-19 variants coming on strong, we have held back in doing our normal festivities – trying to minimize the size and number of activities we are doing. It means that we are not gathering for our typical open house with the neighbors….our cousins party was significantly smaller. A friend with a cold means we won’t be visiting.

….and we are finishing up our health care ‘to dos’ for the year, including getting my once a decade tetanus shot (I hate shots!), I am both thankful to our pharmacists and medical professionals but also weary as I see and hear that they are running way behind with the pandemic still in full swing.

So what are we to do?

If you have been attending our monthly Community Conversations (highly recommend listening to what our Board Member Dale Reisner, MD had to say: (check out our latest Community Conversation here), you know that we are not moving past the pandemic. There are many actions we can still continue to take to stay safe.

The HealthAdvocateX team will continue to be working to bring our community timely, relevant and actionable information to help you, your loved ones and the people you know and work with stay safe. 
Here’s to your good health,

Robin Shapiro (Board Chair) and the Team at HealthAdvocateX
Community Conversation - January 2022
When: January 10, 2022 | 11am – 12pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)

We will host our monthly Community Conversation with Dr. Dale Reisner, MD, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services. The topic will be updates on the pandemic where we will review the latest stats and sort out information we know and do not know about COVID-19. Please join us for this free monthly conversation.

Case Review - January 12
For Members Only!
Case Review - January 2022
When: January 12, 2022 | 4pm – 5:30pm (PT)
Where: Online via Zoom (Members Only!)

Join us for our periodic Case Review to help advocates learn about how their peers are handling cases. The Case will be presented virtually:
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 7 pm ET/4 pm PT – 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT
  • Case Review Presenter is: Gerda Maissel, MD, BCPA, CPE President, My MD Advisor
  • Open only to HealthAdvocateX Professional/Partner Members in good standing
  • To register, contact us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org 

The purpose of Case Review is mutual information exchange and continual improvement of advocacy services. 
  • Meeting participants will sign a confidentiality acknowledgement in keeping with professional standards at sign in as a requirement to participate
  • No case information may be shared outside the case review meeting
  • The meetings are e a free benefit of professional membership

Interested in becoming a HealthAdvocateX Member? Click here to learn more.
Avoiding Medical Bill Disasters - Webinar with Adria Goldman Gross
When: January 19, 2022 | 9am (PT) / 12pm (ET)
Where: Online via Zoom (Register Here)
Cost: $10 – $30 (Available for BCPA CEs)

Medical billing errors or extraordinary medical costs are a major contributor to personal bankruptcy. Most people do not understant how to evaluate insurance plans or what to do about billing errors until it is too late. This session will cover essential information about medical bills claims, denials, appeals, pre-authorizations and how participants can apply this information to cutting the cost of medical bills.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn strategies to cut the cost of medical bills.
  2. How to evaluate specific insurance plans now being sold and why they may not be what you expect.
  3. Identify resources and alternatives to high priced medications.
Are you looking for a way to extend your opportunities to educate the public about health and patient advocacy? HealthAdvocateX licenses two presentations and offers a ‘Train the Trainer’ package for these two topics:
  • The ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit
  • Taming the Medicine Cabinet

Each Train the Trainer Package includes:
  • PowerPoint presentation and script for the topic represented, which will include an introductory slide for the presenter approved to give the presentation
  • Electronic copies of materials including:
  • Handouts of Scenarios/Role-Plays
  • Self-Learning Quiz (where applicable)
  • Feedback From
  • Flyer Template
  • Presentation Description

We will be doing the live training for Train the Trainer for both presentations on Thursday, January 13.  

To license the presentations and register for the training:
- Sign and Return the License Agreement/s - (ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit & Taming the Medicine Cabinet)
- Pay for the Presentation Train the Trainer (we will invoice you as soon as we receive your signed license agreement(s)).

Do you have questions about this? Email us at info@HealthAdvocateX.org
Many advocates have been contacting us as you are trying to finish up earning your CEs for the year. We have more than 20 CEs currently available with bundled pricing available for two conferences:
  • Health Advocacy Now: Lessons From the Pandemic 2021 Conference (11 CEs Available)
  • Whole Person Advocacy: Integrating Mental Health 2020 Conference (10 CEs Available)
  • Health Literacy: The New Vital Sign (1 CE Available)

For more information and to have access to these CEs, visit: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/ces/ 

Other Events You May Enjoy
ICOPA is the International Conference on Patient Advocacy, which is happening this Spring in Chicago. Whether you currently work as an advocate, independently or in a health system, or you are a professional who interfaces in some other way with the healthcare system, or a patient or caregiver with keen interest in the system and how its outcomes can be improved, you are welcome to attend the conference. Join the HealthAdvocateX team in supporting this important event! 

HealthAdvocateX Calendar
January 10: Community Conversation - COVID Updates (Register Here)
January 12: Case Review (Members Only!)
January 19: Avoiding Medical Bill Disasters - Webinar (Register Here)
April 28-30: ICOPA Conference (Register Here)
Programs & Presentations
Although HealthAdvocateX speakers can give presentation on many topics, here are a few of our popular presentations: 

  • Advance Care Planning (In partnership with Honoring Choices)
  • Taming Your Medicine Cabinet
  • The ABCs of an Effective Doctor Visit
  • Patient Know More...Patient No More!
  • The Emerging Field of Health Advocacy 
  • Safe & Sound in the Hospital: A Short Course in Patient Safety 
  • Volunteer Health Advocate Training: Understanding the Role & Skills to Be Effective

To schedule a speaker for your community, please submit your request here: https://www.healthadvocatex.org/presentations/

Have a topic you wish we offered? Let us know - let's talk!

HealthAdvocateX is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe. We invite you to join us in acknowledging and thanking indigenous people for their ongoing stewardship wherever you are located.
Land Acknowledgement Challenge

Will you help us? We invite YOU to research and submit the name of the people, your location and how you would word your own personal land acknowledgement. Our Board will be selecting and reading land acknowledgements from across the country at our Monthly Board Meetings. You can submit it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hadvx-land-acknowledgement

Do you have something you would like to share with the HealthAdvocateX community?

Please submit ideas to info@HealthAdvocateX.org