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The Care Partner Project offers simple checklists to help families know what to do to help their loved ones get safe and sound health care in the hospital, for surgeries, during pregnancy, at doctor appointments, for diagnoses/2nd opinions, treatment decisions, and more!

Do you have a pre-existing condition? Know anyone who does?
01/07/2024

Do you have a pre-existing condition? Know anyone who does?

Physician Rob Davidson says many of his patients didn’t have health insurance until the passage of Obamacare in 2010. The possibility that they might lose it if Donald Trump is elected president again has him deeply worried.

01/02/2024
We can't vouch for the method used to create this list, but it does confirm lots of what we hear, here in the trenches o...
10/26/2023

We can't vouch for the method used to create this list, but it does confirm lots of what we hear, here in the trenches of care.

Many Americans feel dissatisfied with the U.S. healthcare system. In fact, more than 70% of adults say the healthcare system is failing to meet their needs in at least one way, according to a recent Harris Poll survey. In the worst states for healthcare, accessing healthcare may be more challengi

Did you know that .org offers checklists to help demystify palliative and hospice care - and how to choose a safe, quali...
09/29/2023

Did you know that .org offers checklists to help demystify palliative and hospice care - and how to choose a safe, quality provider when the need arises. Helpful, comforting information for hard decisions.

As Jimmy Carter marks his sixth month in hospice care, the provider community is raising awareness by saluting the former president. The National Hospice

09/29/2023

The Biden administration unveiled regulations that potentially would help tens of millions of people who have medical debt on their credit reports.

If you or a loved one ever suffer harm from your medical care, ask for CANDOR and expect HEART - Healing, Empathy, Accou...
09/26/2023

If you or a loved one ever suffer harm from your medical care, ask for CANDOR and expect HEART - Healing, Empathy, Accountability, Resolution and Trust.

Preventable harm is a devastating reality for 1 in 10 hospitalized patients, and a wall of silence in today's healthcare culture often prevents caregivers fr...

Great news for the day! Super smart investments, desperately needed! Good for all of us!
08/12/2023

Great news for the day! Super smart investments, desperately needed! Good for all of us!

Includes support for trainees, faculty positions, and NPs launching practices

The US ranks at the bottom of all developed nations in pregnancy and childbirth safety and women of color are at greates...
06/13/2023

The US ranks at the bottom of all developed nations in pregnancy and childbirth safety and women of color are at greatest risk of a deadly outcome. PLEASE share our safety checklists for moms-to-be and their Care Partners with everyone you care about. https://thecarepartnerproject.org/safe-pregnancy-birth-checklists/

American track and field champion Tori Bowie died from complications of childbirth, according to an autopsy report released by the Orange County, Florida, medical examiner’s office.

Excellent tips!
05/29/2023

Excellent tips!

When a hospital or nursing home wants to send a loved one home, but you don’t think they’re ready, you can fight back.

Don't you just love the name of this organization? The Smiley Movement -- super thrilled that they chose to cover The Ca...
04/14/2023

Don't you just love the name of this organization? The Smiley Movement -- super thrilled that they chose to cover The Care Partner Project!😃😃

Medical care is incredibly complicated. The Care Partner Project hopes to relieve that.

When patients fear health care costs, or have medical debt, they avoid hospitals and doctors... and get sicker.  #1 thre...
03/28/2023

When patients fear health care costs, or have medical debt, they avoid hospitals and doctors... and get sicker. #1 threat to patient safety in the US. Know how to protect your health and your budget: follow .

I saved a patient almost $5,000 with a financial assistance program, but the hospital didn’t make it easy. The case shows why we must educate patients.

Long overdue.
01/25/2023

Long overdue.

Don't Miss this Live Webinar: Why Does the U.S. Need a National Patient Safety Board?

Join a live on Wednesday, January 25, 1-2 pm ET, on why federal action is critical to address preventable medical harms. This webinar features a panel discussion with Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), and Ken Segel, CEO of Value Capture, LLC, moderated by Mark Graban, Director of Strategic Marketing at Value Capture LLC.

Attendees will have the opportunity engage with panelists about the National Patient Safety Board Act legislation, the NPSB, and in general.

Register today! https://hubs.li/Q01x5Mzc0

Great interview with one of our Community Speakers, Bonnie Sheeren, a professional patient advocate in Houston, sharing ...
01/10/2023

Great interview with one of our Community Speakers, Bonnie Sheeren, a professional patient advocate in Houston, sharing great tips on getting safe care in the hospital.

"You can ask for consults. If you think there's an infection going on, you can ask for an infectious disease consult. You can ask for physical therapy if you...

12/31/2022

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12/31/2022
Surgery is always worrisome. Especially as we age.
12/31/2022

Surgery is always worrisome. Especially as we age.

How do older adults know when the potential benefits from surgery are worth the risks? And what questions should they ask as they try to figure this out? Here, guidance from experts on how to navigate the process with family and doctors.

We have 2 checklists on our website (www.TheCarePartnerProject.org) to help you avoid this: one covers questions to ask ...
12/19/2022

We have 2 checklists on our website (www.TheCarePartnerProject.org) to help you avoid this: one covers questions to ask for any diagnosis to help make sure it's right for you, and the other covers how to manage an ER trip to "keep calm and carry on", esp. if your loved one is scared and confused.

Diagnostic Errors in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review: https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/products/diagnostic-errors-emergency/research

An estimated 5.7% patients are misdiagnosed in the emergency department (ED) each year, representing about 7.4 million errors, 2.6 million harms, and more than 370,000 patients suffering permanent disability or death, according to a systematic review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

WBBM radio named us a "Difference Maker" this week! Broadcast from Chicago, it has a national reach.
12/14/2022

WBBM radio named us a "Difference Maker" this week! Broadcast from Chicago, it has a national reach.

Karen Curtiss, founder and director of The Care Partner Project, found there were so many questions to be asked and ways to advocate for a friend or relative who is dealing with a health situation.

Excellent advice from an excellent doc! Your kids may be home for the holidays.. a good time for a check up on their ins...
12/14/2022

Excellent advice from an excellent doc! Your kids may be home for the holidays.. a good time for a check up on their insurance coverage while at school, especially if it's out-of-state.

(updated 8/7/20) My rising junior moves into her off-campus apartment in 2 weeks. I have been reflecting on her first move-in day two years ago. Like most freshmen parents, we had spent a lot of time shopping for twin XL sheets, storage bins, a micro-fridge, and various other items to furnish her

No, it's not your imagination! Share your tips? How have you landed on docs you like and trust?
12/13/2022

No, it's not your imagination! Share your tips? How have you landed on docs you like and trust?

It’s important to find a primary care physician you can develop a relationship with, but a shortage of doctors means it can be a frustrating process.

Nearly 1 in 7 older adults die within a year of undergoing major surgery, according to an important new study that sheds...
11/30/2022

Nearly 1 in 7 older adults die within a year of undergoing major surgery, according to an important new study that sheds much needed light on the risks seniors face when having invasive procedures.

An important new study offers much-needed data to inform older Americans of the risks and benefits they must weigh when facing major surgery.

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