It’s Going to be a Wonderful Conference…

by Joanna Smith on Jul 13, 2010

I am delighted to announce that  the 2nd Annual Meeting of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) is fully organized and scheduled for Washington DC, November 4-6 2010!

Everyone–Healthcare Advocates,  Consumers (that’s all of us who receive health care!)  policy makers and legislators—are welcome to attend the three-day gathering of this professional association.  The schedule is just amazing:

*   Come learn how to set up an advocacy business and tips on developing a marketing strategy

*  Listen to expert Healthcare Advocates and Patient Navigators detail case studies and solutions

*  Be inspired by “serial healthcare entrepreneur”  Tim Godzich who grew a “consumer driven health plan”  company (and find out what that means!)

*  Delve into the healthcare insurance maze and learn how to master it

* Learn about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to healthcare

*  Understand the complexities of participating in Clinical Trails

* Expand your “tool kit” for navigating the healthcare system for someone of any age

There is much more:  visit the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (I founded it just a year ago, and we now have over ninety members) at www.nahac.com.  Join the Association, come to the Conference and expand your knowledge:  See you in Washington DC in November!

The Blog is Back!

by Joanna Smith on Jan 15, 2010

After several months absence–and many wonderful developments–I am resuming the Healthcare Liaison Blog!  It was a very busy fall…

Healthcare Liaison is expanding the 2010 locations for for its popular two-day workshop “Becoming a Healthcare Advocate:  11 Steps to a New Career in Healthcare”.  These workshops are open to consumers, professional healthcare advocates, those teaching in the field and policy and legislative interests.  We have new locations!

SEATTLE, WA–January 30 and 31st

BERKELEY, CA–February 27th and 28th

TUCSON, AZ–March 20th and 21st

BOSTON, MA–May 1st and 2nd

The links will take you to the brochure describing the workshop and you can complete payment on-line with a credit card or PayPal.  There are still spaces in the Seattle workshop and registrants are eligible for a referral bonus when they “bring a friend”.

In other major news, we have a professional organization!  I founded the organization, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants,  in July 2009 and am now the President of NAHAC for 209-2010.  You can read about the Association and join at NAHAC

In November 2009 the newly-formed National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants held its First Annual Conference!  NAHAC  currently has 62 members and membership is open to everyone:  professional advocates, consumers, academicians and policy and legislative participants. Members who were not able to attend the conference can listen to the podcast on the web site and hear workshops on case studies, HIPAA for advocates, insurance-made-understandable and more.  to join:  NAHAC.

We are holding our second annual Conference in Washington DC in November 2010.  Join NAHAC to get the details as soon as they’re released!

Early Registration closes October 15th….

by Joanna Smith on Oct 12, 2009

The newly formed National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants has put together a wonderful First Annual Conference in Berkeley for next month, on November 14th and 15th.  Come hear these presenters:

Ann Tardy, Founder, LifeMoxie; Keynote Presenter: “The New World of Healthcare Advocacy — Creating It Together!”

Jeff Belkora
, PhD, Director of Decision Services and Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Institute for Health Policy Studies, U.C.S.F.: “Making Good Decisions in a Family Health Crisis”

Linda Garrett
, Partner, Risk Management Services: “Confidentiality and Privacy Law for Healthcare Advocates”

Gail Gazelle, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School: “Inside the Doctor’s Mind: What Every Advocate Needs to Know”

Maggie Radany, RN, Founder, Radany & Associates: “How to Solve Health Insurance Problems and Be a Hero to Your Clients!”

Dianne Savastano, Founder & President, Healthassist: “Bringing Bob Home: A Case Study in Patient Advocacy”

Elisabeth Schuler Russell, Founder & President, Patient Navigator LLC: “Inside the World of Pediatric Healthcare Advocacy”

Judith Stark, Principal, Judith Stark Consulting: “Harnessing the Power of Technology Solutions for Healthcare Warriors”.

To register, go to www.nahac.com.  Early registration (at the reduced rate of $150 for NAHAC members and $200 for non-members) ends October 15th.  After Oct. 15th the rates will be $200 for NAHAC members and $250 for non-members.

First Annual Conference of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants

by Joanna Smith on Sep 8, 2009

As interim President of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) , I am pleased to announce the First Annual NAHAC Conference.  It will be held at the University of California, Berkeley on November 14th and 15th 2009 at the Clark Kerr Campus.  This two day event features talented and skilled practitioners in the field of Healthcare Advocacy.  The event is open to the public as well as Association members.

To view the conference brochure and register for the Conference go here.
To receive the 25% Conference discount for members of NAHAC, please join the Association and complete your membership payment before registering and paying for the Conference event.

We look forward to seeing you in Berkeley!

Empowered Healthcare Conference May 16, 2009

by Joanna Smith on May 8, 2009

Joanna Smith, LCSW, MPH, the CEO of Healthcare Liaison, will be a panelist at the upcoming Empowered  Healthcare Conference, Saturday, May 16th at Mission Bay, San Francisco.  To find out more information and register for the conference, read the information at the Empowered Healthcare Conference web site.

Empowered Healthcare

Empowered Healthcare Conference