Friends for years, Alan Blaustein and Dr. Nancy Snyderman grew even closer after Alan was diagnosed with serious illness and Nancy became responsible for her parent’s care in 2005. They shared story after story of dealing with the healthcare system’s many obstacles: managing and coordinating physicians, insurance companies, medical billing agencies, and various hospitals.
The more they discussed these inefficiencies, Alan and Dr. Nancy were amazed by the limited resources available to caregivers and patients to make it simpler for them to manage their healthcare crises and evolving needs. While you would never go to court without a lawyer, you’re left to deal with the complex healthcare system on your own. It makes no sense and should be made simpler.
Now it is – CarePlanners was created to make it easier for you, so you don’t need to do it alone.
Alan was diagnosed with thymic cancer in 2005. Since that time, he has focused much of his efforts on helping patients and caregivers make better decisions in the face of the healthcare system’s complexities. He has started a number of successful ventures (e.g., OpenSky.com) and spends as much time as he can on charitable activities (e.g., The Foundation for Thymic Cancer). Most importantly though, he is the father of three wonderful kids for whom he wants to set a lasting example of the right way to do things.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman
Dr. Nancy is both a surgeon and broadcast journalist. She is currently the Chief Medical Editor for NBC News, and frequently appears on NBC’s Today Show and NBC Nightly News to discuss medical issues. In addition, Dr. Nancy currently serves on GE’s healthymagination board, and is on the surgical staff of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Nancy is her family’s “chief medical officer” and is coordinating the care of her spouse, three children and both her parents.
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These deeply caring and committed people share a passion to eliminate the obstacles and frustrations of the healthcare system and help you focus on what’s most important – making the best healthcare decisions for yourself and your loved ones.
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Rachel Becker, LMSW
Rachel is a licensed Social Worker who has experience working with clients of all ages. She earned her MSW from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work where she was a member of the Phi Alpha Honors Society. She completed a fellowship in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and is also a recipient of the Zelda Foster Fellowship in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Rachel has also worked at New York Methodist Hospital, as well as the Jewish Child Care Association.
Laura Carpenter, MSSW, CSW
Laura is a certified social worker with over 22 years of experience. She graduated from Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville. She has experience working with clients of all ages. Laura has worked in the inpatient setting and the outpatient setting with adults and children, as well has managed agencies that serve multiple populations.