What is an independent patient advocate? What does a patient advocate do? An independent patient advocate is someone who works for you. We are not paid by insurance companies, hospitals, or health care systems. Therefore, we can put your interests first. Patient advocates do not provide medical, legal, or financial advice.
An independent patient advocate will help you navigate the health care system and be an additional set of eyes and ears. Because, every situation is different, it's important to have an advocate who listens to you and understands your unique situation. We will then take action to help you meet your needs and achieve your goals. We can save you time and money, connect you to resources, provide peace of mind, and help you feel more empowered and in control of your health care.
What does it mean to be a patient advocate? Patient advocates come from many different backgrounds. There is currently no certification requirement to be a patient advocate, although a certification exam and process is in the works. Gayle has completed a professional certificate program in Consumer Health Advocacy at the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; see more about her background here. She is a member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates and subscribes to their Code of Conduct and Professional Standards.
How much does it cost to hire an independent patient advocate? We offer a free initial consultation. If we decide to proceed, we’ll meet to discuss your specific situation and goals, as well as develop an action plan. Learn more. Will my health insurance cover independent patient advocacy? Currently, health insurers do not cover independent patient advocacy services. All expenses are out-of-pocket.
How do you protect my privacy? Although private patient advocates are not required to be HIPAA-compliant, InTune Health Advocates, LLC follows HIPAA guidelines to protect your personal health information. Your privacy is of utmost concern.
What services are not included? We cannot and do not provide medical, legal, or financial advice.
Do you work with patients outside of the Chicago area? Yes, in certain situations we can work with patients remotely. If not, we can help you find an independent patient advocate in your area.