Patient Advocate Certificate Training Program Delivers Springboard for Professionals Seeking Entry Into a Patient Advocacy Profession

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Providing entry into the rapidly emerging field of patient advocacy, the Professional Patient Advocate Certificate Training Workshop will take place on May 6, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Presented by the Professional Patient Advocate Institute, the all-day training program provides an opportunity to learn about the key elements of patient advocacy and serves as a launching point for those entering this growing field.

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The Professional Patient Advocate Certificate Training Program is an advanced education program aimed at enhancing training for those already in this specialized field or those interested in entering the emerging practice of patient advocacy. The program focuses on concepts of patient advocacy to improve the patient experience, patient engagement and patient education. The program will help independent advocates, healthcare organizations and payers meet the needs of their clients with efficient, effective care.

“Patient advocacy is emerging as an integral part of today’s healthcare environment, and trained patient advocates are working effectively in independent as well as payer- and provider-based settings to help consumers navigate our immensely complicated healthcare system,” said Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN, the trainer of the Certificate Training Program.

The Certificate Program is an advanced course that is open to all professionals with a baseline level of healthcare experience. Additionally, the Certificate Program serves as a point of entry for professionals who want to transition into this new role, providing a course of study that builds on an existing body of knowledge.

The PPAI Certificate Training Workshop will take place one day before the 5th Care Coordination Summit: Innovation and Creativity: Paving the Way Toward a Sustainable Healthcare System. The Summit is an interactive learning event designed for members of the care coordination team as they strive to optimize their business practices, quality-of-care initiatives, and cost-effectiveness of their organizations.

The PPAI Certificate Workshop will take place Thursday, May 6, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. The Care Coordination Summit will take place May 7-8th at the same venue.

Interested parties can learn more about both events online. For more information about the PPAI Certificate Training Program, go here:

For more information about the Care Coordination Summit:
About The Professional Patient Advocate Institute
The Professional Patient Advocate Institute (PPAI) is a member organization and a community aligned around the common cause of providing advocacy for consumers as they strive to secure their healthcare needs and cover their insurance and financial matters. The Institute welcomes the wide range of healthcare professionals and others currently working as a patient advocate or those in search for a new model that will enhance their existing practice. The Institute provides a range of services to its members, including resources to grow their businesses, educational opportunities to ensure clinical and business competency, tools and resources that expand their vision through venues such as webinars and special reports as well as a portal where consumers can locate patient advocates to meet their needs.

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