The Secret’s Out: It’s Possible to Privately Negotiate Care and Prices

A patient advocate who isn’t afraid to negotiate on behalf of a client is likely to be an advocate in demand. Everywhere an advocate turns, opportunities to negotiate are plentiful: Inflated medical bills, premature hospital discharges, discontinuation of physical therapy sessions, procedures deemed medically unnecessary by insurance companies – yet desired by a specialty physician. […]

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Lisa’s Turn: Unfortunately, Assisted Living Didn’t Work for Henry

Henry — Hospice Day #13 Still refusing to let go, I found Henry a bit weaker today but still lucid. Since turning 100 on July 4, 2012, Henry has been after me to write about his life before knowing me and after. I always put him off. “Henry, I’m too busy. I don’t have time […]

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At 104, I’ve Moved Into An Assisted Living Center

After walking hundreds of miles over so many decades, I managed to keep my aging process at bay. Sadly, it appears time has finally caught up with me. Fortunately I’m not ill, just “old” as my doctor tells me. And a “fall risk,” which doesn’t sound that bad to me but I’m told it is. I never […]

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Introducing Our Patient Assistance App

DependableDoc (C) enables patients and their loved ones to learn the ABCs of patient rights in a clear and simple app format. Whether you find yourself in an emergency room, a rehabilitation facility, staring at an outrageous medical bill, or countless other unwanted (yet all too familiar) healthcare scenarios, our app provides healthcare consumers with helpful […]

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Life Care Planners (Originally Published on NerdWallet.com)

The Critical Role Life Care Planners Can Play in Your Finances by Advisor Voices | posted in Advisor Voices, Finance Published on November 4, 2015 12 By Lisa Berry Blackstock Learn more about Lisa at NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor The inability to pay medical bills is the most common reason for bankruptcy among Americans. According […]

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SOUL SHERPA (R) Now Part of AdvoConnection Speakers Forum

A new public outreach program has just been launched by Trisha Torrey, formidable patient advocate in her own right and force behind AdvoConnection.  This organization provides many consumer resources, including a free national directory of patient advocates located throughout the country.  Now AdvoConnection is offering the public access to experienced advocates who are available to speak […]

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Lisa’s New and Improved APHA Listing Unveiled

The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA) is now listing SOUL SHERPA’s (R) updated contact information, including photographs and our logo. Lisa Berry Blackstock Serving: Offices in California and NevadaSOUL SHERPA provides all aspects of patient healthcare advocacy to clients from the wealthy to the needy, throughout the United States and with offices based in […]

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Shout Out to Mario, Craig, and Steve at Magoo’s!!!

Just a quick note to say “thanks guys” for buying my pizza dinner tonight at Magoo’s in Newbury Park.  I’ll enjoy every bite of it! Send Lisa your email addresses and she’ll send each of you invitations to my 103rd birthday party this July.  Stay off rolling golf carts so you can make it my […]

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Time-Sensitive Information for CA Healthcare Subscribers

SOUL SHERPA (R) is compelled to pass along today’s email from Carmen Balber, the executive director of Consumer Watchdog, whose mission is to “Expose, Confront, Change.”  To all Californians who are covered by a healthcare plan with Anthem Blue Cross or Blue Shield of California, please read: Can you believe that two giant insurance companies […]

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Look At Our Public Television Profile!

Never thought it would happen, but it’s here! Check our website’s home page for the link. Maybe it IS time for patient advocacy to explode!

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