The Nov. 23 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine published an observational study that concluded that hyperglycemia (blood sugar level) independently predicted progression from noncritical to critical condition and death, regardless of prior Diabetes history, among more than 11,000 patients with confirmed COVID-19, from 109 hospitals in Spain. This study informs how people admitted to a hospital even with mild hyperglycemia should be treated. Since it examines outcome by admission blood sugar level it eliminates the effect of any inpatient treatment.
Prescription Drug & Financial Assistance Programs
Last Revised: 08/16/2020
100+ medical funding sources; click or call. Plus, direct links to search for prescription drug assistance program listed on Medicare’s website, and for every State.
You can also explore medical fundraising services and how to win health insurance coverage denials.
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1-866-512-3861 Patient Advocate Foundation
Alphabetical List of Programs
800-222-6885 AbbVie Patient Foundation Prescription Drugs
877-621-7177 Air Charity Network Medical Transportation
866-333-1213 Alex’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Childhood Cancer
800-227-2345 American Cancer Society Cancer
855-858-2226 American Childhood Cancer Organization Childhood Cancer
800-795-3226 American Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease
877-768-1844 American Life Fund Cancer
866-657-8371 Amgen First Step Prescription Drugs
310-276-7111 Andre Sobel River of life Fund Childhood Illnesses
855-447-7277 ARIAD Prescription Drugs
800-477-6472 Astellas Support Prescription Drugs
800-292-6363 AstraZeneca Prescription Drugs
866-505-2866 Avon Foundation Breast Cancer
866-639-2827 Bayer Healthcare Prescription Drugs
xxx-xxx-xxxx Benefits.gov All Patients
800-243-0127 Boehringer Ingelheim Care Foundation Prescription Drugs
800-365-1336 Bone Marrow Foundation Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplants
661-310-7940 Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund Cancer
484-580-8395 Bringing Hope Home Cancer
800-861-0048 Bristol-Myers Squibb Access Support Prescription Drugs
877-509-9516 Cameron Siemers Foundation Life Threatening Diseases
800-365-1336 Cancer Care Cancer
760-599-5096 Cancer for College Cancer
281-437-7142 Cancer Survivors Fund Cancer Patients
323-578-5083 Cancer Warrior Cancer
888-553-3500 Casting for Recovery Breast Cancer
800-931-8691 Celgene Patient Support Prescription Drugs
212-465-1300 Chai Lifeline Seriously Ill Patients
800-238-6479 Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Childhood Cancer
516-222-1944 Children’s Leukemia Research Assoc. Leukemia
408-844-4900 Co-Pay Relief Program Qualified Patients
877-336-3736 Dendreon on Call Prescription Drugs
973-394-141 Family Reach Foundation Cancer
303-798-2342 Friends of Man All Patients
866-422-2377 Genetech Access Solutions Prescription Drugs
866-662-6897 Genomic Access Program Genetics
800-745-4447 Genzyme Patient Support Prescription Drugs
312-322-1200 Give Forward Medical Fundraising
844-946-3863 GoFundMe Medical Fundraising
972-608-7141 Good Days Medical Treatments
888-799-2553 Good Rx Prescription Drug Coupons
866-518-4357 GSK Access Prescription Drugs
866-318-7892 HealthWell Foundation Under-insured Patients
880-642-8399 HelpHopeLive.org Transplant & Catastrophic Injuries
800-638-0742 Hill-Burton Free Hospital Care Income Based
855-452-5234 Incyte Cares Prescription Drugs
866-435-5677 IPSEN Cares Seriously Ill Patients
844-553-2792 Janssen Care Path Prescription Drugs
402-690-1230 John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation Lung Cancer
800-652-6227 Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation Uninsured & Low Income
855-669-9360 Kyprolis Assistance Kyprolis Treatment Patients
914-949-5213 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Leukemia & Lymphoma
888-479-5385 Leukine Direct Reimbursement Cancer Patients Prescribed Leukine
866-472-8663 Lilly Patient Care Cancer Drug Treatments
202-331-1770 Lymphoma Research Foundation Lymphoma Patients
423-490-4555 MaryEllen Locher Foundation Children of Breast Cancer Patients
425-778-8660 Max Foundation Blood Cancers
855-257-3932 Merck Access Program Prescription Drugs
844-664-8933 Merrimack PROVYDE Onyvide Patients
866-835 2233 Millennium Pharmaceuticals Prescription Drugs
440-840-6497 Mission for Maureen Brain Tumors
314-241-1600 National Children’s Cancer Society Childhood Cancer
800-532-5274 National Financial Resource Directory All Patients
888-999-6743 National Marrow Donor Program Transplant Patients
800-642-8399 National Transplant Assistance Fund Transplant Patients
800-532-5274 Uninsured & Under-insured Assistance All Patients
800-503-6897 Needy Meds All Patients
904-716-5394 Nicki Leach Foundation Cancer (age 18-30)
844-617-6468 Ninlaro 1 Point Income Challenged Patients
800-245-5356 Novartis Patient Assistance Prescription Drugs
855-669-9360 Onyx 360 Prescription Drugs
202-835-3400 Partnership for Prescription Assistance Prescription Drugs
202-347-9272 Patient Access Network Foundation Chronic & Rare Diseases
800-532-5274 Patient Advocate Foundation Chronic & Life-threatening Conditions
800-676-5884 Patient Rx Prescription Drugs
800-366-7741 Patient Services Inc. Chronic Illnesses
800-253-6530 Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Childhood Brain Cancer
855-612-1951 Pfizer Co-pay and Savings Prescription Drugs
866-706-2400 Pfizer Rx Pathways Prescription Drugs
877-877-3536 Pharmacyclics You & I Support Program Prescription Drugs
516-379-8885 Pins for Pauly Childhood Leukemia
855-991-7277 R-Pharm US Access + Support Cancer & Chronic Immune Diseases
617-938-3484 SamFund Adult Cancer Survivors
877-507-3731 Rx Advocates Prescription Drugs
855-877-5346 Rx Hope Prescription Drugs
888-847-1797 Sanofi Patient Connection Prescription Drugs
855-473-2436 Seattle Gentetics SeaGen Secure ADCETRIS® Patients
855-777-9235 Sprycel Assistance Prescription Drugs
888-254-3038 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Catastrophic Childhood Illnesses
855-260-2642 Taiho Oncology Patient Support Cancer
800-830-9159 Takeda Patient Assistance Prescription Drugs
877-735-4673 Team Continuum Cancer
877-237-4881 Teva Cares Foundation Prescription Drugs
888-587-3263 Teva Oncology Assistance Cancer
844-283-7276 Together with TESARO Prescription Drugs
855-698-4223 United Healthcare’s Children’s Foundation Childhood Illnesses
866-835-2233 Velcade Assistance Prescription Drugs
888-489-8944 Victory Junction Fertility
855-696-3446 Xofigo Access Connect Prescription Drugs
855-898-2634 XTANDI Support Prescription Drugs
877-848-4248 Yahoo Answers All Patients
718-438-9355 Zichron Schlome Tefuah Fund Cancer
844-998-4421 Zydelig Prescription Drugs
855-998-4421 Zytiga Patient Support Prescription Drugs
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Patient Advocate Foundation
One of the very best resources of free help and financial assistance in the U.S. Get help navigating your health insurance, accessing treatments, appealing insurance denials, and connecting to care through the Patient Advocate Foundation, or call 800-532-5274. Go to https://apatientsplace.wordpress.com/help-guidance/ for hundreds of links to free help with your healthcare.
Coronavirus Testing Guidance for all 50 States; with or without a doctor or insurance
Last Update: March 31, 2020
The following steps and state-by-state instructions, links, and phone numbers can help you get a test for Coronavirus Continue reading “Coronavirus Testing Guidance for all 50 States; with or without a doctor or insurance”
How to Increase Your Residents’ Community Connection to Fight Loneliness and Isolation
If your communities are like most others you have fewer visitors and your residents are not able to get out into the community as they could just a short while ago. This can cause people to feel a little isolated and lonely. The decrease in interaction with others can also impact your residents’ health.
GPS-based geofencing can connect your residents to their community and neighbors
Here’s just one creative strategy to fight back and help keep your staff and residents connected to your community and neighbors no matter how long limited visitation and contact with others outside your community are required.
Here are the steps…
- Using your CRM or other marketing tools identify the neighborhoods where your current residents used to live. Identify the areas where there is a higher concentration and make a note of the addresses. If that’s too difficult pick a few areas within a few miles of your community to start.
- With any resident who is interested, take their photo and/or produce a short video (30 seconds or less) telling people what they’re doing and that they would love to hear from their neighbors in the community how their families are doing.
- Using the photos and videos of your residents, and/or staff if your residents are reluctant, build digital advertisements for your geofencing campaign.
- Your community’s advertisements can be as simple as a photo and a call to action (CTA). CTA’s should state the action that you want the reader to take. For example, “click to tell me how your family’s doing” or “Click here to share your day and photo with me and my friends at AAA Retirement Community.” There are numerous geofencing providers. AdRoll is a leader in the space and a good choice for novices. Expect to pay about $20 to $25 per thousand digital advertisements sent to the homes and businesses you target, and a few hundred dollars more to develop the advertisements you’ll need to run the campaign.
- Set up a new landing page on your website so people can click on your advertisements and share their thoughts, photos, and videos with your residents. The website landing page should have minimal content with clear and simple step-by-step instructions on how to share text, photo, and/or video replies.
- Share the replies with your residents and staff via email and print them so they can be shared on a wall or bulletin board in a very visible place in your community.
Using technology to connect to others is an effective and low-cost way to counteract some of the challenges people are facing when combatting loneliness and isolation. In the future, I’ll share some very creative ways that video technology is being used to connect people in senior living communities of all sizes and care levels to their friends and families.
If you need any help or additional information on setting up a geofencing program let me know. To request a demo of how integrated CRM marketing technology drives occupancy increases click here.
Otherwise, be well and stay positive!
8 Takeaways from Wuhan, China – Coronavirus
Thank you to Bill Frist, MD for sharing highlights of his conversation with three top Chinese physicians leading the Coronavirus response in China.
I’ll summarize here. However, consider watching the video shared by Dr. Frist on LinkedIn.
1. Early control of local transmission depends on rapid diagnosis and hospitalization of those with the disease. Failure to do this results in a spike in local cases.
2. Disciplined social distancing allowed for a peaking of cases in Wuhan within 10 days after first being reported. The number of new cases remained elevated for 6 days, followed by a rapid fall in reported new cases.
3. The most common feature of serious infection appeared to be fever, which was present in 98.6% of pneumonia cases reported in Wuhan. Other common symptoms included fatigue, dry cough, and muscle soreness.
4. Viral load, the measure of the virus present in the blood stream, had a direct impact on the severity of the disease.
5. COVID-19 was confirmed with two positive PCR performed one after the other.
6. Chest x-rays and CT scans were not precise in identifying COVID-19.
7. The main incubation periods, the average time from initial infection to onset of infection, in China was about 6 1/2 days.
8. No anti-viral drug has been proven effective against COVID-19. That said, trials are underway on Lopinavir, Retonavir, Remdisivir.
I encourage you to listen to the entire video on LinkedIn.
NEW UPDATEs: 3/16 – Coronavirus; (COVID-19)
Last revised: March 16, 2020
Great information on “How to protect yourself” and “What to do if you think your sick.”
Rewritten in part from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you would like to get regular updates on COVID-19 from the CDC click here, and complete the form in the left column in the middle of the page.
If you would like to learn about the Clinical Management and Treatment click here.
The Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities from the CDC to prepare for community transmission can be found by clicking here. Senior housing communities would be well advised to follow these Guidelines as well.
The following symptoms often appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19); fever, cough, shortness of breath.
To get tested call your doctor. At this point, due to the shortness of tests, most states still require a doctor’s order to get tested.
Steps for Prevention
- Stay home except for medical care, and avoid public areas and transportation.
- As much as possible, separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. If you have contact with others or pets in your home wash your hands before and after contact and wear a face mask if possible.
Click here for additional information on preventing the spread of Coronavirus Disease in Homes and Residential Communities.
If you would like to learn how Coronavirus spreads click here.