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Are you Concerned about Dementia?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2021 5:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in New Diagnosis, confusion, Dementia, Planning

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In this first of a two-part series on dementia, I’ll give you an overview, including what dementia is, other diseases with similar symptoms, and what to expect from your evaluation. Part two will focus on what to do after a diagnosis.

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You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer – Now What?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 12, 2021 5:30:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in self-advocacy, Cancer

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be frightening. It’s hard to know what to do next.

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Protect your Health with Regular Preventive Care

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2021 6:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in Preventive Health Care

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You’ve been so focused on your chronic conditions that you've neglected your routine preventive health. Even in a pandemic, don’t overlook routine screenings. In most cases, early detection of disease allows for early treatment and improved outcomes. 

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How Monitoring Chronic Conditions Can Improve Your Health

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2021 3:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in Health, Diabetes, Asthma, Heart Failure

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You have the ability to improve your health by regularly monitoring your chronic condition, knowing when to talk to your doctor, and making some lifestyle changes. Let’s look at some ways you can do that for three common illnesses:

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How to Make Access to Clinical Notes Work for You

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2021 5:15:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in self-advocacy, Open Access, Clinical Notes

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On April 5, 2021 the federal government is expected to mandate immediate patient access to their electronic clinical notes. Many medical systems are already releasing these notes to your electronic healthcare portal in preparation for this mandate. As a result, at no cost, you will have access to these records:

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Virtual Advocacy for Surgeries

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 15, 2021 4:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in Hospital, patient advocate

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Given the COVID-19 pandemic and surge in hospitalizations,  patients having surgery are largely not permitted to have anyone accompany them. This means that your personal (family member, friend) or professional advocate won’t be able to be with you in person. But the good news is that she can still advocate for you if you bring her into the room by phone or video. For ideas on how to virtually connect with your advocate, see my post, How to Create Long-Distance Advocate Partnerships.

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How to Create Long-Distance Advocate Partnerships

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2020 6:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in patient advocate

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You would like to hire an advocate. You’ve followed my tips on How to Choose an Advocate, but the advocate you want to hire isn’t in your area. Do you need to keep searching? Not necessarily.

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How to Choose an Advocate

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 13, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in patient advocate

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You need a patient advocate, but you’re not sure how to find the one that’s right for you. Here are four tips to help you through the search and selection process.

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What is a Patient Advocate?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in patient advocate

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When you decide to see a doctor, you have a good idea of what they will do for you. But what if someone suggests you hire a patient advocate? Would you know what that person could do? Or for that matter, how you’d even go about finding one?

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What’s the Difference between a Physician and a Nurse Practitioner?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 16, 2020 7:15:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in self-advocacy, preparing for your doctor's appointment, ER

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For a moment, I would like you to imagine yourself in the following situation.

You are in the exam room for your diabetic check-up, expecting to see a familiar face. But instead of your primary care physician, a stranger walks in.  This individual is not a physician but is a nurse practitioner (NP). Do you know the difference between the two?

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