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PATIENTS

HEALTH CARE 101
Let's be honest - the maze of medical care in the United States can be confusing. When faced with difficult decisions, it sometimes seems that your doctor and the insurance company speak another language, and that no one has given you the translation.

Doctor Patient Medical Association believes in providing resources and information to educate and empower patients. Health Care 101 calls will help you to navigate the maze - give you the resources to truly understand our current health care system.

Calls are complimentary to all individuals, and feature expert speakers. If you have a topic/question you'd like us to include - email us at info@doctorsandpatients.org.

Topics throughout the year will include:

WHAT DOES “CONSUMER-DIRECTED HEALTH CARE” MEAN FOR ME?
Your Rights, Patient Bill of Rights, Your Medical Record, Your Right to Privacy, Checking Your Medical Record, Health Savings Accounts, “Concierge” and Direct Practices

WHAT DOES HEALTH CARE REFORM MEAN FOR ME & MY FAMILY?
State “Health Freedom” Amendment, Federal Reform, Other Changes Coming Up

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR DOCTOR? HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN OFFICE VISIT?
Availability, Communication, Fees, Access to Medical Records, Guarantees

WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE DOCTOR?
911, ER, Weekends?

TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A PHONE CONSULTATION OR OFFICE VISIT
Phone Consultation, Before the Office Visit, Questions to Ask Your Doctor, What To Do In the Exam Room

FEES
How Fees Are Set, Can I Negotiate Fees?,Billings vs. Actual Payments, What If My Insurance Won’t Pay?
What Doctors Really Make

WHEN DO I NEED A SPECIALIST?
What Do Specialists Do? Referrals

PRESCRIPTIONS
Saving Money on Prescriptions, Cracking the Prescription Code

CHOOSING INSURANCE
Insurance vs. Health Care Plans, Health Maintenance Organizations
Health Savings Accounts
Checklist: Questions to Ask Your Insurance Company

WHEN YOUR INSURANCE CLAIM IS DENIED
Steps to Preserve Your Credit

YOUR RIGHTS UNDER MEDICARE
Why Your Rights are Restricted, Private Contracting, Medicare Managed Care, Medigap Insurance
Part D & the Donut Hole

TESTS AND DIAGNOSTICS
Checklist: Questions to Ask Before a Test, Saving Money on Testing

HOSPITALIZATION
Put Together Your Patient Advocate Team
How to Prepare for your Hospital Stay
Keeping Track of Your Hospital Bill
Negotiating Your Bill
Disputing Your Bill

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Self Help & Home Checks, Staying Healthy, Alternative Medicine?
Personal Health Records – Keeping Your Own Records

FORMS:
Patient Privacy Request
My Personal Medical Record
List of Medications


PATIENT POWER WORKSHOPS
Patient Power workshops are available to local non-profits or charity groups, including patient/disease support groups, tea parties and citizen activists. We can customize the workshops to meet the interest and needs of your members and workshop participants. It is our goal that individuals will leave workshops with practical information to become an empowered consumer and the knowledge of additional resources where they can continue to learn more.

Interested in scheduling a patient power workshop in your area? Contact us at info@doctorsandpatients.org.

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