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Beacon Advocates. Expert cancer care guidance and advocacy services when it is needed most.

Beacon Advocates. Expert cancer care guidance and advocacy services when it is needed most.
Beacon Advocates. Expert cancer care guidance and advocacy services when it is needed most.
Lead Advocate or Care Manager's Name: Lea Ann Biafora, MS, RN, OCN, CCM, CPHQ
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In 2012, Lea Ann Biafora founded Beacon Oncology Nurse Advocates (Beacon Advocates) after working in the oncology field for ~30 years. Her experience in oncology spans across a variety of settings, including community, academia, pharma, and insurance in a variety of roles ranging from clinical to administration in nursing, quality improvement, case management, project management, clinical strategy including population-based analytics and program development.

She has witnessed first-hand the spectrum of excellent, good, and inadequate care experiences. Even within the ‘good care’ scenario, there are many opportunities for improvement. The problem is driven by how our healthcare system is set up. Cancer care is centered around the payer, the healthcare setting, and the physician’s knowledge and schedule. Too often, the patients’ needs/wants are left unaddressed. Moreover, individuals usually do not know what questions to ask or what or how to anticipate what will happen within their cancer journey.

She has created a model focused on improving the cancer care experience and clinical outcomes by delivering services tailored to meet their needs and wants to break down barriers. She believes that Beacon Advocates is successful because the individual living with cancer treated holistically – as a person not as a patient – finding out what is important to the individual, their client. Barriers to excellent care are identified and then eliminated while Beacon oncology specialists focus on the specific disease and translate the science to manageable terms; they help prepare individuals throughout their journey – providing questions to consider and insight into other potential treatment options, including specific clinical trials available. Beacon Advocates understands how the disease can impact the individual’s work and life, and as such, they help their clients work through all these issues.

Experience: I have worked in private, independent practice for: More than 5 years
Experience: I have provided patient support and assistance for: More than 5 years
For More Information: https://www.BeaconAdvocates.com
Phone: 855-490-8777
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  • Beacon Advocates. Expert cancer care guidance and advocacy services when it is needed most.
  • Beacon Advocates. Expert cancer care guidance and advocacy services when it is needed most.

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I would highly recommend hiring Beacon Advocates. I hired Lea Ann in March when my 47 year old brother was stuck in a hotel in Florida with terminal cancer. He was rapidly declining and I, as his sister and executor/power of attorney, was in Canada. To say it was a tragic and terrifying time for Steve and myself would be an understatement. Once I confirmed my needs with Lea Ann within 2 hrs she was with Steve and securing he didn't die alone which was his only request to me as his sister. She hand picked a team of 24/7 nurses to be with them and in the middle of a pandemic got him an oxygen machine, stabilized him, comforted him with in person conversations and got to know him. I couldn't cross the border to be with him so she not only made sure he survived but took him to the doctor to get him set for travel. I sent a plane to medevac him back home. He passed away with me by his side in quarantine together in Canada and I will never forget what she did to get him home and feeling safe before he died. She can move mountains to help anyone and that I know for sure. A true angel!!!
Susan | July 24, 2020

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