America's Healthcare Advocate

by Cary Hall

My name is Cary Hall and I have a strong desire to empower my fellow Americans to cancel out (not add to) the noise and confusion in the US healthcare system by bringing you curated information, a powerful group of healthcare providers, experts, practitioners, authors, and inventors, plus related business and industry leaders for every episode of my show. My goal is to enable you to become an expert in your own healt ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 20

  • How to access Medicare Advantage plans and determine which one will fit your needs

    How to access Medicare Advantage plans and determine which one will fit your needs

    My guests are Medicare and Medicare Advantage experts! Joining me from RPS Benefits by Design are Carolee Steele, who is the Director of Medicare, and Maria Ahlers, Chief Operating Officer, Employee Benefits at RPS Benefits By Design. Together, they offer Medicare Advantage plans from every carrier out there that has a Medicare Advantage plan: Blue Cross, Aetna, Humana, United… they all have zero premium plans. Hear how they can help ensure you find the right plan that fits your needs with allowances for dental, vision, hearing and even transportation via a debit card that are built into the Medicare Advantage plans. Did you know, the “extra benefits” that are built into the Medicare Advantage plans is how the carriers compete with each other? That’s important and they tell us why. And, most people start with comparing prescription benefits. Find out why that matters. Ep 2006 Terms used in this episode: Simply Blue plan the Blue Cross of Kansas City RPS Benefits by Design: 877-385-2224 https://www.rpsbenefitsbydesigninc.com/ Primary Care: Spira Care: https://spiracare.com/ Primary Care: CenterWell https://www.centerwell.com/ Medicare Part B Medicare Part D Medicare Advantage Plans I'm Cary Hall. Contact me if I can help you: https://www.americashealthcareadvocate.com/contact-us

  • Why is Value Based Primary Care so much better for the patient than Volume Based Primary Care?

    Why is Value Based Primary Care so much better for the patient than Volume Based Primary Care?

    They say that 40 cents of every $1 that’s paid for Primary Care services goes to the relationship between the Insurance company and the Doctor. So we're going to talk about a different model of primary care today. It's an alternative. It's something different, and I'm intrigued by it. And I think you will be, too. It's a model that obviously is working well because they continue to expand the number of clinics they have here in the KC Metro, and you'll find similar value based primary care throughout the USA. My experts this episode are Troy A. Burns, MD, a pioneer in healthcare reform. He was among the first to adopt the new Direct Primary Care model that fixes many of the problems with our broken healthcare system. Dr. Burns is joined by Angela Prato, M.D., who joined ProPartners Healthcare in 2018. Learn more about ProPartners Health Care: ProPartnersHealthCare.com or call 913-451-4776 Have an idea, or an issue you need help with? Send me a note or submit a topic here: https://www.americashealthcareadvocate.com/contact-us This is S20 Ep 4 and I'm Cary Hall, America's Healthcare Advocate.

  • The Dr Is In - CenterWell's Dr Ikeme with A Better Way to Experience Primary Care

    The Dr Is In - CenterWell's Dr Ikeme with A Better Way to Experience Primary Care

    Today we visit with CenterWell Market President Drew Hare and back for a second visit is Dr. Stephanie Ikeme. I am a fan of the CenterWell model for Senior Primary Care and I think you will find this to be a fascinating episode as we investigate what makes CenterWell so amazing. CenterWell Senior Primary Care features a care team approach that helps each patient live a healthier, happier life by supporting the mind, body and spirit. As a result, our patients frequently mention how they don't feel rushed when they come in for an appointment. They feel like they can be heard. Our returning guest, Dr. Stephanie Ikeme, is the regional medical director for CenterWell Senior Primary care. If you are a senior or if you are the care giver to a parent or relative who is, this episode is for you! While we discuss the Kansas City market specifically, the information is for all seniors in the US who are seeking a better level of primary care. For those outside of Kansas City, CenterWell is in 26 states currently and it is well worth it to see if they operate near you. Learn more about CenterWell by calling 816-640-8522 or visit http://seniorfocusedkansascity.com Do you have a problem I can I help you with? Let me know by sending an email: https://www.americashealthcareadvocate.com/contact-us Thank you! -Cary Hall

  • The Dr is In - The Challenges Seniors Face with Healthcare-How CenterWell Senior Primary Care Helps

    The Dr is In - The Challenges Seniors Face with Healthcare-How CenterWell Senior Primary Care Helps

    Our topic today is a different primary care model that is centered on Seniors. CenterWell Senior Primary Care features a care team approach that helps each patient live a healthier, happier life by supporting the mind, body and spirit. Or, as our guest Dr. V says: “One of the things patients frequently mention to me is they don't feel rushed here. They feel like they can be heard. I think that's important because when you feel like you can't express yourself, you're not going to bring things that are of concern to you to the forefront.” Our goal with this episode is to help you feel happier and healthier everyday and my expert guest: Vinod Naidu Velakaturi, MD from CenterWell Senior Primary Care in the Kansas City Metro. --- Are You Someone's Care Giver: CenterWell can make a big difference? Not only do they provide transportation, but there are other things that might be something for mom, or dad or for a grandmother or grandfather. Learn More about CenterWell: https://seniorfocusedkansascity.com/ (816) 640-8522 America’s Healthcare Advocate, Season 20, Episode 02 --- Other contact information: RPS Benefits by Design, Carolee Steele and Maria Ahlers: (877) 385-2224 https://www.rpsbenefitsbydesigninc.com/ Need help or have something to share? Contact Cary Hall: https://www.americashealthcareadvocate.com/contact-us Senior Care Consulting, Steve Kuker 913 945 2800 seniorcareconsulting.com

  • Season 19

  • Woman Admits Pregnancy and Loses Her Healthcare Coverage on healthcare.gov

    Woman Admits Pregnancy and Loses Her Healthcare Coverage on healthcare.gov

    Claire Benson’s health insurance was abruptly cancelled when she tried to update her information in her healthcare.gov account. Claire bought her insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and after the policy was in place, she was asked in an email from healthcare.gov to update her account to reflect her married name and provide documents. She needed help logging in and called the 1-800 number for help. The navigator on the other end of the phone reviewed her policy, and encouraged her to update pregnancy information, too. So, Claire clicked “yes” and revealed her pregnancy. As first reported by KCTV5 Investigative Reported Angie Ricono: “I was just following instructions,” said Benson, “speaking to the person who answered the phone at Marketplace, trusting that she would tell me what I needed to know and guide me in the right direction.” Benson’s health insurance was immediately terminated. Angie offered Claire several ways to deal with this including getting me on the case to advocate for her. In this episode, Claire and I discuss her terrifying journey and offers this story to anyone finding themselves in this situation. Ep 1941 Have an issue? Send me a message and let’s talk: https://www.americashealthcareadvocate.com/contact-us