Know what your policy covers What are your individual health care benefits Save all of your healthcare bills and insurance records Does this really cover all of your usual expenditures?
Look into the hospitals and labs that you are referred to for procedures Are they OK? Ask around…. Did you get your test results back? Did a healthcare professional talk to you about what the results mean? Dont be afraid to get a second opinion
We currently dont have a national system of medical health records You can keep a running record of what has happened to your health Immunizations illnesses Surgeries CT scan, MRIs, DEXA Mammograms pap smear prostate exam lab tests
Get a copy of your medical record HIPPA does not prevent you from getting a copy of your own record Make a copy of these records for your own files
Talk to your healthcare team The better they know you….the better your care will be Write down questions and ask them Take ALL your medications with you to the visit Be honest about your bad habits
Amarillo VAMC life support (ER) primary care and specialty clinics hospital psych clinic/in house treatment Thomas Creek Nursing Home Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home
Contact a Geriatric Care Manager Leticia Goodrich MA Goodrich Care Management Services 352-9956 firstname.lastname@example.org La Rita Mason, MS,CCCSP 376-6200 http://www.caremanager.orghttp://www.caremanager.org for more information
To find a nurse practitioner http://www.npfinder.com/ To find a physician assistant http://www.steadyhealth.com/find_doctor/ physician_assistant/
You can have the information sent to the provider of your choice Or You can become a patient with Texas Tech
One time when the phone book might help http://medicare.gov has a list by city and state to help you find a home health agency Usually the provider will recommend an agency that deals with the type of medical need that you have
Again the phone book might help Provider will usually suggest a group National hospice & palliative care organization http://www.nhpco.org
Visit and look around Talk to the residents, staff and visitors Talk to the Omsbudsman
For explanation of Quality Improvement Program: http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/statenhB.htm#Te xas http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/statenhB.htm#Te xas Enter Your county to find out a nursing homes quality rating: http://facilityquality.dhs.state.tx.us/ltcqrs_public/nq1/ jsp3/qrsHome1en.jsp?MODE=P&LANGCD=en
ER not the place to take Mom and Pop! Not paid by Medicare or Medicaid Private pay only
Call ahead to see what is available and if you meet qualifications Contact local nursing home or home care agency Check with Area Agency on Aging for resources 331-2227
Knowing where to look for the information is half of the battle….