The last in a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
Becoming Your Own Healthcare CEO
When you think about a chief executive officer (CEO), what characteristics come to mind? Someone who is in charge or that has power? A person who is respected and in control?
You're right - and that is the position you should take in your healthcare.
Now this is not to say that you have to be a tyrant who disrespects others like many people in power. You can dictate your treatment and care with diplomacy and respect. My grandmother, who is the inspiration for my healthcare advocacy business, always said to me, "Baby, there is always a nice way to say kiss my behind (and she didn't say "behind" by the way). And there is.
In the art of healthcare advocacy, you will catch more flies with honey. Totally alienating your healthcare provider is a big no-no.
A CEO also knows when to have respect for others that know more about a subject than they do, and put those people in charge of their specialties. That is how your doctors should be treated. They are the experts in the practice of medicine and you must yield to their opinions within their expertise. I barely passed biology in college, so I am not qualified to be a doctor.
Fourth in a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
What Kind of Patient Are You?
As part of my series on how to get the best health care immediately, I wanted to go further into the concept of figuring out the type of patient you are. This is a critical piece of becoming a stronger and more in-charge patient over your healthcare and treatment.
In my former life as a social worker, I ran into patients that were passive – they really didn’t care what was said, they would go along with any plan their doctor had for them. And I also saw the opposite – major skepticism in patients where the doctor was not trusted. I am hoping to show you how to fall somewhere in the middle, with the ability to use both kinds of characteristics, if needed.
There are some things that you have to ask yourself to find out your patient-type. Answer honestly because the type of patient you are has a direct effect on your health care and treatment, including how you receive it and how it will play out.
Here are some things to think about to determine your patient type.
I did a patient assessment myself. I discovered but there's not a patient bone in my body (no pun intended, I guess). It's not a good thing, but I accept it. Therefore in my healthcare, I have a real problem with long waiting times and I will express myself accordingly to staff. No one should have to wait two hours for a seven minute
After asking yourself these things, you will be well on your way to figuring out your patient-type. There is no right or wrong answer because again everyone is unique. You may have completely different answers than your BFF does.
This is the type of information that will help you long term in your healthcare journey. Knowing your patient-type will help you find the right doctor that will cater to your principles, can help you find the right insurance it covers your treatment style and give you the ability to communicate your wishes to your providers on how things will be done. You will begin to be in charge of your care, which is what you need. And I want that for
Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, is a Writer, Social Worker & Healthcare Advocate at Live Better Boomer! Healthcare Access & Advocacy Services, in the greater Philadelphia area. You can also connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
A Message from Disability Rights Pennsylvania
The United States Senate is preparing to vote NEXT WEEK on the Graham Cassidy Amendment that will mean millions, including many people with disabilities, will lose health insurance.
Graham-Cassidy is more devastating to healthcare than any other proposal. It does not simply reduce the ACA’s commitment to healthcare, it ends it all together. Medicaid Expansion and subsidies for individual insurance? Gone in 2026. What’s also gone? Protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Also eliminated are the standards that ensure everyone has access to high quality health plans. What is the same is that it guts Medicaid and radically reduces care for children, seniors, and people with disabilities.
SNAP recipients may see changes to their benefits beginning October 1, 2017
Harrisburg, PA –The federal government issues adjustments to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) maximum benefit amounts, deductions, and income eligibility standards at the beginning of each federal fiscal year. This year’s adjustments were recently announced.
The changes, which vary by year, are based on an annual Cost of Living Adjustment and take effect on October 1, 2017. This year the maximum benefit amount will decrease, but the income limit will increase. For example, the income limit for a family of four at 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline will raise $25 from a monthly net income limit of $2,025 in October 2016 to $2,050 in October 2017.
“SNAP is a federal program that is administered by the state and provides critical benefits to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations,” said Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller. “These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania have nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.”
The third of a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
I wrote this series of articles to inform you of several methods you can use to improve your health care experience immediately. I assure you, if you use tactics that I give to you, your care and treatment will improve.
Every single time I go to a local restaurant, they always seem to get my order wrong. Something is cold that needs to be hot, or hot needing to be cold. I constantly have to take things back. I have to stop going there - but it's close to home and the coupons are great.
But is it really worth it if I am not getting what I want or what I asked for? Probably not. This is especially true when this applies to your health care.
Getting the health care you deserve starts with you. You must change your mind and your attitude about treatment to become an active patient. I want to give you some tips on adopting a better mindset because it is a vital action in becoming the patient you need to be.