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Patient advocates: How They can Help During and After Hospitalization

Patient advocates:  How They can Help During and After Hospitalization Patient representatives, also called patient advocates, serve as liaisons between the patient/family and hospital, helping to assure quality of care as well as patient/family satisfaction. Patient advocates work with you to make sure any issue you have is resolved in a timely manner.  If you have concerns about the care being given during a hospital visit, you can always ask for the hospitals’ patient advocate/liaison.  Ways a patient advocate can help:  Increase the personalization of care to patients and families Strengthen, encourage and facilitate patient and family dialogue with their healthcare team Provide a personal and impartial means of communicating patient and family  expectations, needs, requests and concerns to the healthcare providers Communicate the hospital's policies and procedures to the patient and family Identify potential patient, family, or visitor concerns or suggestions and di

Save the Date: "Hearts of Glass" Film Screening & Panel Discussion

From American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) We're using this year's AAIDD media award winning film, "Hearts of Glass," as a catalyst for conversation about employment and inclusion. Attendees will have access to stream the film from  Friday, June 19, 7 pm ET to Friday, June 26, 7 pm ET. A panel discussion about the film will then be held via webinar on June 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET. Join us for a lively discussion with the filmmaker, individuals featured in the documentary, and the executive director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, who served as an advisor during production.  The film is about an ambitious small business that combines high-tech local food production and meaningful employment for people with disabilities. You can watch the trailer here . Cultivating Employment & Community Inclusion: "Hearts of Glass" Film Screening & Panel Discussion June 24, 2020 4:00 pm EST

Online purchasing now available for SNAP recipients in Indiana

FSSA News Release Many Hoosiers may opt to have groceries delivered to their homes INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning today, SNAP recipients in Indiana may use their Hoosier Works EBT cards to purchase groceries online for pickup or delivery at two approved retailers – Amazon and Walmart. SNAP participants are automatically eligible to participate in this program and do not need to apply. “We have been working with our federal partners to remove barriers and provide safety and convenience benefits for Hoosier SNAP recipients – particularly those who are most at risk for COVID-19 infection and those who are homebound,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA secretary. “We are pleased to make this benefit available for SNAP recipients in Indiana. While this service will initially and immediately address needs caused by the pandemic, we intend to keep this service in place permanently.” Currently, Amazon and Walmart are the only Indiana retailers that have been approved for onlin

IIDC Guardianship Survey

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) is conducting a survey about information on guardianship options and alternatives. Please complete this short, confidential survey. Survey results will be used to improve access to information about guardianship options and alternatives. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, June 15, 2020. To take the survey, visit

TRICARE Revises Telehealth Policy to Respond to COVID-19

From Tricare To improve virtual access to health care during COVID-19 , TRICARE recently revised its policy on telehealth services . This temporarily allows you access to care more easily during the national health emergency due to the pandemic. These changes will remain for the duration of the stateside public health emergency. They may be in place overseas beyond the U.S. national emergency end date, based on local conditions. “Telemedicine has become an important tool in caring for patients while keeping providers and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Christopher Priest, deputy assistant director, Health Care Operations, Defense Health Agency. “These changes will help TRICARE beneficiaries by making it easier for you to use telehealth services for your health care needs.” Here’s what you need to know about each of these temporary changes to telehealth visits: 1. Addition of audio-only health care visits Covered telehealth visits