Financial Navigation During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips From Financial Advocates
Join Financial Advocacy Network leaders during this Town Hall to hear critical financial advocacy tips that can benefit your patients and your cancer program during the pandemic and economic crisis.
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Lori Schneider (Moderator)
Oncology Operations Manager, Green Bay Oncology
Lori Schneider is an Oncology Operations Manager at Green Bay Oncology, and has worked in healthcare for over 25 years. She joined Green Bay Oncology as a receptionist, later transferring to their billing department where she worked in accounts receivable. In 2006 Ms. Schneider transferred back to the clinic setting and developed the financial counseling role. In her role as Oncology Operations Manager, she currently oversees financial counseling, social work, medical records, site management, credentialing, and physician scheduling. She also serves as the Chairperson for the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Health Navigation Program.
Ms. Schneider has presented at conferences on the importance of financial counseling in the oncology clinic; what it looks like to have a centralized team that cares for all of the patient’s financial and insurance needs, including all authorizations; and the importance of utilizing pharmaceutical and specialty pharmacy representatives to enhance your program. Lori and her team have assisted cancer programs nationally and locally helping them establish financial counseling programs.
Angie Santiago, CRCS
Lead Financial Counselor, Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Angie Santiago, CRCS-I, is the Lead Financial Counselor - Oncology, with the Thomas Jefferson University Health System, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. She created and implemented the Oncology Patient Assistance Program that is utilized at the Thomas Jefferson University Health System. The program was initiated to assist patients with the acquisition of supplemental financial coverage, over and beyond what has been traditionally provided by the hospital’s business office. Angie has worked in healthcare for almost 16 years within patient access, revenue cycle and financial counseling. She has presented on financial toxicity and related topics at patient navigators networking meetings. She is a graduate of the ACCC Financial Advocacy Network Boot Camp.
Program Manager, Oncology Service Line, Saint Luke's Cancer Institute
Rifeta Kajdic is a program manager for the oncology service line at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute in Boise, Idaho. In her role, Rifeta works on improving processes and programs that allow for patient centered care while simultaneously building security for the health system to prevent unnecessary revenue losses. Rifeta helps support oncology patient financial advocates across five Saint Luke’s sites supporting medical and radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pediatric oncology, bone marrow transplant, and hemophilia. Rifeta is passionate about the importance of patient financial advocate roles within oncology clinics, and as a member of the supportive oncology team, is working collaboratively to eliminate financial toxicity for the patients she serves.