Navigating Healthcare Requires Skilled Experience
Lisa Berry Blackstock
Patient Healthcare Advocate, Educator, Mentor, App Designer
Over 2,900 Hours Spent With Hospitalized Clients
Available In-Person Nationwide
Hospitalization and Discharge Specialist
Medical Insurance Coverage Negotiation Expertise
Medical Appointment and Bedside Accompaniment Services
Certified Palliative Care Specialist
Brain Surgery Survivor/Trigeminal Neuralgia (2007)
In Business Since 1990
Available 24/7; Will Travel
TIMELY TIP FOR SENIORS — The deadline to enroll in Medicare for year 2018 coverage ended on December 7, 2017. However, if you are currently covered by a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) you have until February 14, 2018 to switch from a Medicare Advantage plan to traditional Medicare (Parts A and B) coverage. Traditional Medicare coverage carries the need for a supplemental plan (Medigap) and Part D (prescription drug coverage.) While Part C plans are almost always less expensive, they are usually not as comprehensive as traditional Medicare.
FOR THOSE UNDER 65 –– If you are insured through an individual or family plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment for year 2018 coverage was scheduled to end on December 15, 2017 but extended to January 31, 2018 in California. If you reside in another state check with your state ACA insurance exchange to see if its enrollment date has been extended. If you are insured through your employer’s EGHP (Employer Group Health Plan) check with your Human Resources Department for your annual open enrollment dates.
Healthcare is confusing, and those needing it are at their most vulnerable. Soul Sherpa ® Healthcare Advocacy understands the business and politics affecting healthcare today. With almost thirty years of experience, we assist our clients in person, via Skype, email, and telephone. Patients and their agents/proxies/loved ones contact us regarding advance healthcare planning, as well as from emergency rooms, hospital rooms (especially when told it’s discharge time,) from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs,) and hospice facilities. We are experienced with deciphering insurance claims and medical bills, and successfully appeal prescription and medical procedure denials.
Initial consultations lasting 20 minutes are offered at no charge. Ongoing consultations are offered beginning at 30 minutes for $75.00. For convenience, credit card payments are accepted. In situations requiring in-person assistance, we offer partial or full day sessions, with respective rates of $500.00 and $900.00. Our goal is to provide you with helpful service navigating the healthcare system today, and save you more in healthcare costs than the fees we charge. Experienced negotiating allows us to protect our clients physically, emotionally, and financially, while receiving the quality healthcare that’s medically necessary.
Our new app, Dependable Doc (C,) is free! Designed to teach users the ins and outs of healthcare today, its helpful contents have been learned in the trenches on behalf of protecting our clients. Be proactive and gain the upper hand in a system designed to overwhelm patients during their greatest time of need. Protect yourselves and your loved ones. Stay a step ahead!
DependableDoc© App Now Available!
In response to the ever-increasing demand for independent healthcare/patient advocates, SOUL SHERPA® looks forward to using its invaluable off-the-record interactions with physicians, both independent and hospital-employed (hospitalists) — and its own hands-on experience encompassing 28 years — to guide healthcare consumers with insights and advice when challenged with obtaining quality medical care and ensuring its costs are reasonable. Download our innovative app for helpful tips and questions every patient must ask to ensure thorough care at reasonable prices.
DependableDoc© App Now Available!
The universal and affordable healthcare promised to Americans has been seriously compromised. Successful lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, totaling $1.2 billion, impacted legislation which became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed by Congress in March 2010. Recent attempts to repeal “Obamacare,” which is seriously flawed, now complicates healthcare accessibility and affordability even more for patients. The recent Tax Reform Legislation passed by Congress in December 2017 contains amendments which will reduce government funding to Medicare and Medicaid, resulting in narrowing healthcare coverage for seniors, the disabled, and those facing financial hardship.
SOUL SHERPA® is proud to present the entire patient advocacy feature beautifully created by Public Television’s award-winning program, Leading Edge. The program’s unique version, which will be hosted by football legend Jimmy Johnson, will be available to every public television station throughout the entire country beginning in November 2014. At the same time, watch for our commercial!
Thanks to everyone at Nerd Wallet for their interest in my work and spreading the important news every healthcare consumer should know in today’s climate of spiraling medical costs.
If you suddenly received a serious health diagnosis, how prepared are you and your loved ones to cope with the challenge? Are all matters concerning your Last Will and Testament and other legal documents in order? How can you be certain the medical opinion you receive is accurate? Do you know where to search for a second one? While you may not be wealthy, do you understand what the future financial cost to your beneficiaries will be in the event your home is not held in a living trust? What will your health insurance cover? How can you successfully appeal an insurance denial for reasonable coverage? Who will protect you if you’re told it’s time to be discharged from the hospital but it really isn’t?
SOUL SHERPA® possesses tremendous experience — 29 years — protecting its clients along their medical and personal life care paths. The mission of SOUL SHERPA® is to keep its clients safe, solvent, and educated during whatever medical and aging challenges lie in the future.
A Sherpa is a Tibetan person adept in mountain climbing and is acclimated to high altitudes. Often secured as a guide by other less experienced mountaineers to ensure safe passage en route to a high summit (Mount Everest, for example) a Sherpa usually resides on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas. A Soul Sherpa is an individual with expertise in advising others how to effectively organize and manage their personal business affairs as they or their loved ones age. These areas incorporate (but are not limited to) medical, legal, financial, insurance and emotional matters. A Soul Sherpa possesses the knowledge and compassion to understand the significance and privilege of successfully accompanying a client along this extraordinary journey.
I serve primarily as an experienced patient healthcare and legal life care advocate and educator who is available 24/7. In business since 1990, I have witnessed many changes to our healthcare system and have insight into new ones that await each of us. Seniors are not the only people who are being affected; it’s everyone at every age, especially as our country embarks upon the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. SOUL SHERPA® views every life — regardless of age, health, or financial status — as priceless. SOUL SHERPA® offers unique, customized, and confidential patient advocacy, legal life care services, and education aiding in successfully addressing the challenges of navigating medical treatment and recovery in today’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape, whether one’s needs are physical, emotional, or both. The company works with clients in a variety of settings (homes, offices, hospitals, doctors’ offices, care facilities) in various ways (active presence at medical appointments, at hospitals, at rehabilitation facilities, at skilled nursing facilities, at private homes, teaching in community centers and in corporations.) SOUL SHERPA® always travels to its clients.
Click here to read more about my Detailed Services. Portrait photograph courtesy of Thrift Road Images