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

metimes she's a teacher, explaining medical technology and Medicare reimbursement guidelines. Other times she's an advocate, attending physicians' appointments and taking notes in plain English. Often she's the calm voice on the other end of the line, offering reassurance, guidance, and outlining next steps for her clients.

"Even when people are able to access the system, they don't fully understand the process," Savastano says. "An unexpected healthcare crisis can consume an entire family. And when you factor in that most patients don't speak the same language as providers," she explains, "you quickly understand that what we really need is more education and advocacy on the patient's behalf."

Following years of providing advice to clients one-on-one, Savastano 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.

Future episodes will include interviews with healthcare and insurance professionals, elder law attorneys, estate planners as well as patients and their family members. Story ideas and questions may be submitted through the Healthassist Web site at Healthassist Web site.

To subscribe to the Healthassist podcast, visit the iTunes Store and search for "Healthassist" or visit the podcast page on the Healthassist Web site

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