• The Advocates

    BRAVA Magazine, September/October 2020, pages 57-62 Please click on the arrow on the left hand column to read the entire article. Let us know how we can help you or your loved ones…it’s what we do! debby@patientcarepartners.org

  • Patient Advocates and COVID-19: Does HIPAA Still Matter?

    By Debby Deutsch | March 22, 2020 (Published at GNANOW.org It goes without saying that within the last couple of weeks our world has been turned upside down as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Once the initial shock wears off, however, we realize that life still goes on and we need to adapt to new norms as we go…

  • Maintaining Sanity: Burnout and Other Challenges for Family Caregivers

    By Debby Deutsch | March 4, 2020 Greater National Advocates website https://www.gnanow.org/ Support and assistance are properly focused on the needs of those afflicted with chronic and acute illness, and aging. Cancer Support Community, Alzheimer’s Association, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and many other organizations offer information on services available to help. However, behind every patient, there is…

  • Caregiver Transitions: Proving the Value of Patient Advocates

    By Debby Deutsch | May 16, 2020 (published on the Greater National Advocates website, https://www.gnanow.org) During current stay at home orders, many family members and loved ones have suddenly found themselves in the unanticipated role of caregiver. Likewise, those who were already caring for friends or family before coronavirus have expanded their roles and taken on significant additional challenges, some…

  • Guest Blog: National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16, 2020 ~

    By SAIL Professional Services Member Debby Deutsch|Patient Care Partners, LLC608-445-5431 April 16 is dedicated to prompting thoughts and conversations about advance care planning. What are your thoughts about end of life wishes, and who would help you communicate your wishes if you are no longer able to? It’s vital that the proper legal documents are in place to ensure your…

  • Without notice, Ascension Health may have shared Wisconsin patients’ personal records with Google

    Madeline Heim, Appleton Post-Crescent Published 7:28 a.m. CT Nov. 12, 2019 | Updated 2:11 p.m. CT Nov. 12, 2019 Google is collecting personal health records of millions of Americans who receive medical care from Ascension Health — Wisconsin’s second-largest health provider — according to a Wall Street Journal report.  The St. Louis-based Ascension operates 23 hospitals and over 110 clinics in Wisconsin, according to the…

  • Madison-area advocates guide patients through complex health care system

    Wisconsin State Journal, May 26, 2019 DAVID WAHLBERG dwahlberg@madison.com Photos by: STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL Months after she had a stroke, Mariana Weinhold underwent a sleep study that revealed a breathing disorder for which a doctor ordered a sleep therapy machine. When Weinhold and her husband called to get the machine, they were told it might take more than a…