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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. We have found that most of our assignments do not require being physically located near the client. This ultimately makes us sad because we develop close relationships with our clients and we would love to meet them.

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

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

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 challenges including, but not limited to, biofeedback, neurofeedback and TMS.

Media

*Recently quoted inĀ US News and World Report.

*Recently quoted in US News and World Report and Columbia University's Uptown Radio

 

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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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