What is CarePlanners?
CarePlanners is a team of senior care advisors in clinical services, advocacy, geriatric care management, social work, medical billing and finance who work collaboratively with families and professionals to coordinate services for your aging loved ones.
Alan Blaustein founded CarePlanners in 2011 following his battle with thymic cancer and his firsthand experience with the inefficiencies of the healthcare system. His dear friend and co-founder Dr. Nancy Snyderman is a surgeon and broadcast journalist. She’s also a caregiver. About Us
What services does CarePlanners provide?
CarePlanners primary mission is to help you and your loved one get the care they deserve and ensure your coordination needs are appropriately met. We will ensure your loved one is safe and properly cared for in their living situation. We also help in informed decision making and expert coordination of services. CarePlanners is also there in case of any crisis or emergency. And available to help in financial and legal questions and resolution.
Will my insurance pay for CarePlanners?
Not at this point in time.
Does CarePlanners provide medical services?
CarePlanners does not provide medical services or offer medical advice; we do not diagnose or treat actual or potential health problems. The services that CarePlanners provide are solely consultative in nature and are not intended in any way to replace medical care. Our goal is to help caregivers and patients make informed choices based on the best information available.
How does CarePlanners help in an emergency?
CarePlanners is not an emergency medical service and should not be your first call in a true emergency situation – instead you should dial 9-1-1.
CarePlanners will be able to help you and your loved ones deal with urgent medical and insurance issues, helping you sort through the decisions you need to make in the aftermath of an emergency or crisis. Also through our proprietary online tools you and your family will have access to a relevant electronic record that can be used to provide emergency providers.
How can I sign up for a Careplanner to help me?
Give us a call at 1-800-989-3588. A senior advisor will speak with you and schedule an onsite assessment with you and your loved ones.
Will I be able to speak with the same Careplanner each time I call with an issue?
You will be matched with a Careplanner who is best qualified to help you and your family; that Careplanner will remain your contact for as long as necessary.
Are your Careplanners all nurses? What's their background and training?
Our Careplanners are trained professionals from across the healthcare spectrum. They are registered nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, Medicare specialists, insurance billing and claims experts, and other experts.
We have set the highest standards for our Careplanners based on experience and commitment to customer service and client satisfaction. Each Careplanner has completed our extensive training program and they are evaluated on an ongoing basis to ensure they are providing the highest level of service.
Does CarePlanners provide 24-hour coverage?
Currently, CarePlanners can be reached 24/7 via our online tools. If reaching us after hours, a message can be left and a representative will return your phone call upon the start of business the next day.
Are CarePlanners services available nationwide?
Currently we are focused on the tri-state area of New York-New Jersey-Connecticut. However some healthcare issues and questions can be resolved by Careplanners that are not in your immediate geographic area. For example, most insurance billing and claims issues and coordination of care can be done from anywhere.
Our longer-term goal is to create a broad, national network of Careplanners to provide you with the local information and resources that you need.
What is a CarePlanner membership?
By joining CarePlanners as a member you and your loved one will be assigned to a dedicated Careplanner. He or she will perform your in home visits and monitor your ongoing progress and issues. The Careplanner will also be responsible for regular communication with you and your loved ones as long as you are a member. Your membership also gives you access to our online tools and proactive reminders. If you are in need of additional services, you will also be able to receive substantial discounts off our normal hourly rate.
How does CarePlanners determine its service fees?
CarePlanners fees are based on a membership and/or hourly model. Please contact us at 1-800-989-3588 and we can discuss our rates with you directly.
Is there a fee to use the online tools?
No. Currently you can use CarePlanners.com online tools for free, whether or not you are paying for one of our services.
Who at CarePlanners has access to my information? Can I control who sees my information?
The only people who have access to your information are the people you choose to share it with, such as your Careplanner and family members. You are also able to revoke access to anyone previously linked to your account.
How does CarePlanners keep my family's health information private and secure?
CarePlanners uses industry-leading privacy practices and security tools to protect consumer data from security breaches, including the encryption, backup and emergency restoration of data. Through both our on-call and our online platforms, you can be assured that your personal information is handled with confidentiality and security.
How do I send CarePlanners confidential information? Is everything handled electronically?
You have the option of sending your confidential information electronically or by mail. Should you choose to send your information electronically, we use secure encryption technologies to keep the information safe and protected.
Does CarePlanners talk directly with my physicians or health coverage providers?
Yes, upon your request and with your permission, your Careplanner can speak on your behalf to your physicians, insurance companies and any other healthcare providers.
How is CarePlanners.com connected to the telephonic Careplanner services?
Both platforms work together to make managing your loved one’s care more efficient. CarePlanners provides a fully integrated system in which information you enter in your CareCenter on CarePlanners.com is also available, with your permission, to your Careplanner through the telephonic service. Conversely, you can view any information entered in by your Careplanner by logging in to your CareCenter.
What technology does CarePlanners use for their website?
The CarePlanners.com online platform is designed to provide personalized healthcare information and recommendations for you, based on the information you provide and update in your profile. The more information you add, the more useful the tools become.
How do I use the online tools on CarePlanners.com?
The careplanners telephonic service is meant to work together with CarePlanners.com. The website includes CareCenter or dashboard to provide you with quick access to your healthcare information and files. Your Careplanner can help you get started updating your profile, and you can add to the profile as needed, keeping it updated with your medical history, medical provider contact information, and your medications.
The more information you provide, the more personalized and useful the online dashboard will be. For instance, CarePlanners can provide reminders about upcoming preventative services such as immunizations and checkups. We can provide alerts when administrative issues need attention, such as Medicare enrollment or changes in healthcare coverage for young adults.
The CarePlanners.com CareCenter and alerts can help you stay organized, so you’re better prepared for future health issues that may occur.
Will my Careplanner update my information and my loved ones' information on the website – our health records and appointments?
Yes, when you work with a Careplanner, they will update your information on your CareCenter while you are working with them so the profiles on your CareCenter are current. You can also upload whatever documents you want to store within your profile.
Whether you are facing an immediate crisis or overseeing the care of a loved one, CarePlanners.com provides you with the information, tools and support you need.
Do CarePlanners do in home consultations?
Yes, CarePlanners will provide you with a Senior Care Advisor (Careplanner) that will meet with you and your loved one in the comfort of your own home setting. The initial visit will include a comprehensive holistic assessment to identify the important care priorities for you and your family. The Careplanner will routinely monitor progress and provide timely updates and reminders, and return to the home for additional evaluation as needed.