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Kane In Your Corner: Picking a health proxy and why you need one

A recent study found two thirds of Americans have not named a health care proxy to make medical decisions for them when they are unable.

Health care advocate AnnMarie McIlwain says your health proxy may have to make difficult choices on your behalf, often when the medical tea leaves regarding life expectancy and recovery outlook are hard to know. Selecting the right person is critical.

Wise and Wonderful Women

Advocating Boot Camp

CEO of Patient Advocators LLC, AnnMarie is a fantastic patient advocate who will teach us how to be smarter and stronger when navigating the medical system for ourselves and our loved ones.

Consumer Reports

How to Be a Healthcare Advocate for Yourself and Others

Plan your questions before an appointment to avoid forgetting something, says Mariah Robertson, MD, MPH, an associate professor of geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. And get right to them because you may be given only 15 minutes, says AnnMarie Quintaglie Mcllwain, CEO of Patient Advocators.

Prostate Forum of Orange County

Avoiding Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Moments

What you don’t know can hurt you – never more so than following a cancer diagnosis. Private patient advocates find information you need to make decisions about care. Look to them for assistance with doctors, treatments, and insurance coverage.

AnnMarie McIlwain, CEO of Patient Advocators, talks to the Advanced/Recurrent Support Group of the Prostate Forum about how patient advocates, whether personal or professional, can bring clarity , effectiveness, and determination to what is often a frightening and confusing time for prostate cancer patients.

Los Angeles Times

Crushed by a hospital bill? Here’s how you can fight for free or low-cost care

AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain, CEO of Summit, N.J.-based Patient Advocators, tells of a client who got a bill charging her for a bone marrow transplant she didn’t receive. It was a coding error, McIlwain says, and correcting it knocked $250,000 off the bill.


Patient Advocates Can Save Your Money And Your Life

The tangled, inscrutable bureaucracy of the American healthcare system has given rise to a brand new profession: the patient advocate.

Often second careerists from the insurance industry or the healthcare profession, they’re independent contractors hired by individuals to help navigate the system to save time, money, and to connect them to resources or specialized care.