Brown Bag Lunch: Navigating the Health Care System
Location: Mass School of Law, Andover, Mass.
Topic: Navigating the Changing Healthcare System
Some questions for you:
• Are you ever frustrated with the healthcare system?
o I’d be shocked if you said no!
• Have you ever had difficulty communicating with your doctor?
o Again, shocked, but pleased if you said no.
• Do you know what to do when a loved one is hospitalized?
o I know you’d drop everything and get to them, but then what?
• What if you required hospitalization?
o Hopefully you have a person who will drop everything for you.
• Do you know what the following terminology means?
o ACA (Affordable Care Act)
o ACO (Accountable Care Organization)
o PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home)
No worries if you didn’t know the answers. Lots of people in the healthcare industry can’t answer the question.
If any of these questions resonate with you, or if they made you laugh, please join us for an enlightening presentation and we’ll share our insider knowledge about how to make the healthcare system work for you.
Speaker: Dianne Savastano is Founder and Principal of Healthassist, a Massachusetts-based company founded in 2004 that specializes in helping clients navigate the complexities of the healthcare system.
Beginning as a registered nurse providing direct patient care, Dianne’s 25-year career includes roles as a hospital, insurance and employee benefits executive and as a management consultant. Her experience has taught her to ensure that the healthcare consumer is at the center of the healthcare equation.
A frequent, sought-after speaker, Dianne has delivered programs covering a wide range of critical healthcare-related topics covering patient advocacy, Medicare choices, healthcare reform and more. In addition, she has been interviewed in both national and local media, including Boston Women’s Business, The Detroit Free Press, Financial Advisor Magazine, Yahoo Health, and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Further, she has appeared as an expert guest on the PBS Second Opinion Series and presented at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
Dianne received her BS in Nursing from Rhode Island College and her MBA from Simmons College in Boston. An avid outdoorswoman, Dianne sails frequently out of Newport, Rhode Island, bikes regularly (she’s completed several Pan Mass Challenges) and enjoys skiing with friends and family.