Integrated Health Advocacy Program
What is the Integrated Health Advocacy ProgramSM (IHAP)?
A program in which a team of healthcare professionals works with you to address your health needs.
Your IHAP Team is made up of:
- The Primary Advocate: a registered nurse.
- The Behavioral Advocate: a licensed counselor.
- The Medical Advocate: a licensed physician.
Your Team will partner with both you and your physician(s) and will develop and share a personalized Transition Plan that addresses your specific health issues. Your primary physician directs your treatment and works with your Team to continue addressing your healthcare needs. Your treatment continues in your community with your own healthcare providers.
What’s in it for me?
You will have an opportunity to move from significant health concerns to lifestyle changes that nurture your best quality of life. And while in the program, you will:
- Benefit coverage for recommended services, programs, consults or testing in your Transition Plan will not cost you any out-of-pocket expense (excluding surgeries) for the initial 12-18 months. Any insurance co-payments will be paid by the program. Non-covered services recommended by your Team, such as exercise and weight loss programs, dietitian consults, massages and acupuncture treatments are paid at 100 percent.
- Open and ongoing access to your Team for education, encouragement and support.
How do I get started?
You will receive a letter inviting you and/or a member of your family to meet for an assessment.
Then you will receive a call to schedule a meeting that is convenient for you to meet with the Primary Advocate in your local area.
The Primary Advocate will discuss the program, answer your questions and review your healthcare issues.
The initial process usually involves one or two meetings.
You decide whether this program is for you. It is completely voluntary and you are under no obligation to join. If you decide to continue with the assessment, you will be asked to sign medical releases for your past health records. These are reviewed by the Medical Advocate and shared with your Team. You will also be asked at this time to complete the instrument questions.
Your IHAP Team will then determine if you are appropriate for further assessment.
What are the next steps if assessment continues?
Meeting with the Behavioral Advocate
- Review your life and family history.
- Identify stressors in any aspect of your life.
- Usually involves one or two meetings.
Meet with the Medical Advocate
- Review health history and general physical status.
- Brief physical assessment.
- Complete survey.
- Usually involves one meeting.
How does the program work?
If your Team determines you are appropriate for the program following their assessments, they will create your personalized Transition Plan with identified goals.
You and your spouse or significant other will meet with your Team to review the Transition Plan in full. If you agree to work on completing the plan, you and the Team sign a formal Transition Plan Agreement and begin monthly meetings.
Your primary physician’s input is encouraged.
Your healthcare issues remain confidential within your Team and shared with other professionals only with your permission.
There are three phases you will complete while you are in the program:
Meet with your IHAP Team monthly in your area to review your progress and discuss your goals.
Give feedback on program services you are actively working in and receive Team input. The length of time in Phase One depends on your particular needs and progress.
- Begins when you have completed most of your Phase One goals. You meet with your Team bimonthly.
- Identifies goals for continued growth and support.
- Is a plan for your lifelong health benefit.
- Includes an ongoing agreement for feedback and progress updates with your Team.
- Completes the transition of your healthcare needs from team involvement to self sufficiency.
- Provides ongoing team support and availability as needed.
For more information
Please call Integrated Health Advocacy at 574-296-6426. IHAP is located at 616 S. West Boulevard in Elkhart, Indiana.