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AnnMarie McIlwain

New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, California and remainder of the U.S.

Assisting clients throughout the U.S., we are a team of professionals (oncology advocate, RN, MPH insurance expert) who help people make well-informed decisions about their medical care and its costs.

AnnMarie is based just outside New York City and has staff in Miami, Boston and Washington and a network throughout the U.S.

To date, we have served clients in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Washington D.C., Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Kansas, California and Oregon.

Four of our clients are physicians, two of whom also hold PhDs.

Our clients range from high net worth individuals, sometimes with well-known names, to Medicaid patients whose friends or family pay for our services.

Some of the hospitals where we have experience are Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dana-Farber, Columbia Presbyterian, New York University, Stanford University Medical Center, UCSF, and Morristown Memorial.

Example Accomplishments:

*Orchestrated the care of a client who suffered a major stroke leading to complete restoration of mobility, speech and cognitive function;

*Identified top physicians, facilitated appointments, and created strong working relationships with the staff for many clients, all of which led to better health outcomes;

*Summarized medical histories into clear and concise charts that increased patient care and reduced medical error;

*Collectively lowered insurance bills by nearly $1,000,000 for several clients;

*Helped two clients become opioid free; and

*Managed the medical/living needs of several older individuals.

Other Expertise:

*Alternative treatments for pain and mental health.

Story on HBO's Vice News Tonight and quoted in U.S. News and World Report

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AnnMarie is a passionate and highly effective advocate. She knows the healthcare system inside and out, and knows how to get results. I am healthcare proxy for a close friend but I live on the opposite coast from him. I first hired her to go to an important doctor's appointment with him for his Parkinson's symptoms. She asked all the questions that he didn't know how to and made sure they took his case seriously. When he eventually had to go into the hospital and then rehab, she did all the on-the-ground follow up, being the squeaky wheel that got him the attention he needed. Ultimately, she helped me see him through an entire year of coping with illness, including in the end helping get him into new housing designed for his particular disability. And she always kept an eye out for more cost effective solutions. Thanks to AnnMarie, my dear friend of many years now has new levels of support that he has never had before, and I can relax knowing he is being cared for.
J.L. | September 28, 2018
AnnMarie was instrumental in helping us find the right course of treatment for our daughters chronic health issues as well as finding assistive care. I highly recommend the services of her and her company
Kerrie Cervenka | September 24, 2018
A herniated disc in my neck left me unable to stand for a month and in extreme pain. Drugged up and immobile, I needed help navigating the medical bureaucracy and I reached out to Patient Advocators. Marie McIlwain was very responsive and helped me get the right people called in the right departments to put me in contact with the specialist I wanted to see. Her familiarity with the medical systems in my area was invaluable and having someone I could just pick up the phone and call when I needed advice was enormous.
Evan | September 22, 2018
Very helpful, professional and caring. These services expedited treatment and saved us both times and money. Our daughter is doing well thanks in large part to the help of Patient Advocators!
Kerrie Cervenka | September 18, 2018
I reading the reviews of other families I read the term "Guardian Angel" and if is possible for them to be among us in the flesh, then AnnMarie is truly was sent by some force. I too, found her by accident. She has proved invaluable in assisting me with very difficult and complicated family matters. Being an only child I was more than used to doing it all on my own so finding someone who, instead of adding to my "to do" list, actually "did the doing", was such a relief. Whether it was resolving issues at an assisted living facility, finding an eldercare attorney, offering emotional support, AnnMarie was there by my side. I felt relief for the first time in years. So while every families specific issues will vary, one thing I would like readers to know is that the attention and results you will get will be the same. She is unbelievable!! I would give her 50 stars if the darn site would let me!
Karen Danico | October 31, 2017
I actually found AnneMarie by accident. She helped us identify a Long Term Care Facility with a locked unit for dementia patients and negotiated the insurance approval - so what does that mean... here is my story. My mom was diagnosed with early stages of Dementia. She was refusing to do anything to get help with this diagnosis, and ended up in Penn Station Newark unattended with a one way bus ticket to Pennsylvania when she was found by the local police, completely confused and no idea where she needed to be. When they contacted us, we had her admitted to Mountainside Hospital for evaluation. My mother had no savings, no property and no assets. She was living on social security and had Medicare/Medicaid. In order to avoid the hospital releasing her to her own apartment, we had them admit her to the Psychiatric Unit for further evaluation, and with the hopes that from there we could get her into a Senior Facility with a "locked unit" as she was now considered an elopement risk. The hospital was insistent that we would have one or two, at most choices of a facility that would have a Medicaid bed available, and they needed to release her asap. This is when I started to research on line patients rights, etc, more looking to find someone who could help extend her stay until we could figure something out - she could not go home alone, and we were unable to move her in with to our home with our children and our working full time. This is when I came across AnneMarie. My husband and I called her that morning, and that very same day she met us at Mountainside and had arranged a team meeting with the staff. They were still insistent that it would be hard to find a facility. Well within 24 to 48 hours, AnneMarie, had found at least four to five facilities that had Medicaid beds available. We were astatic and ready to move her out! However, as things go, it did not pan out as the Medicaid my mother had, was not institutional Medicaid which is required to be in a long term facility. My husband and I had tried to do this previously on our own, so were now telling AnnMarie, how we would not be able to get this done, I kid you not, it was near impossible to get a single person through her insurance or Medicaid to commit to telling us how to have this done! This is where again AnneMarie said leave it to me, and off she went. For the next several weeks (while my mother remained in Mountainside with endless threats from the staff that she had to leave), AnneMarie, made call after call after call, some with us on, and some on her own where she could. Finally at what seemed the last hour before they sent my mother out the door AnneMarie pulled off getting her into a facility and had the Medicaid switched over. I still can not tell you how's it is done, but I can tell you if you need help with Medicaid/Finding a facility for your loved one that accepts Medicaid, AnneMarie is the woman to call. AnneMarie was our guardian angel just when we needed her most, I have to honestly say without her I am not sure where my mother would be today. Give her a chance for sure, you will not be disappointed I am certain!
Christine Lees | October 31, 2017
AnneMarie Mcllwain and Patient Advocators saved my emotional and financial life! After six months of treatment for Burkitt lymphoma, I returned home to collection notices and enormous bills. Ms. Mcllwain negotiated with the hospitals as well as the insurance company on my behalf with fabulous results. She wrote a letter to the insurance company that even impressed my oncologist's office. I highly recommend her for any anxiety you are dealing with in relation to your health bills and navigating the labyrinth of the insurance bureaucracies. I am now in remission from my cancer; Patient Advocators' work gave peace of mind and space to continue healing.
Ruth Bonomo | October 31, 2017

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