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New Audio Podcast Provides an Insider's View of the Healthcare System
Date:8/12/2009

Following years of providing advice to clients one-on-one, Dianne Savastano, MBA, BSN is now sharing her insider's knowledge of the healthcare system through a new, free audio podcast called Healthassist. In 20-minute reports, Savastano shares practical advice consumers can use immediately to impact their healthcare experience. Topics for the first few episodes include: making the most of your visit to a primary care physician, identifying and communicating with a specialist, preparing for and managing an inpatient hospital stay, and researching skilled nursing facilities.

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA (PRWEB) August 12, 2009 -- As the contentious debate over healthcare reform rages on in Washington, patient advocates like Dianne Savastano, MBA, BSN, can't help but feel optimistic change really is on the way. With over 25 years of experience in the industry--she's done everything from providing direct patient care to holding senior positions in hospital administration and insurance--Savastano knows a sad truth about the current healthcare system.

"Most consumers today don't fully understand how it all works. They're experienced with routine well visits and even urgent care, but when a condition or diagnosis requires more than one physician or the services of a specialist, that's when things get complicated," Savastano explains. "If they are seriously ill or in crisis, the system can be completely overwhelming."

Savastano should know. As the founder of Healthassist, a healthcare consultancy based north of Boston, she's among a growing number of advocates in America and was recently featured in a National Public Radio story on the subject. At a time when financial advisors, attorneys, and travel planners are commonplace, Savastano has identified her own niche: assisting individuals and families who want or need to be more active participants in their own healthcare. So
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