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Published on June 08, 2010

Healthcare costs, Medicare issues subject of Carmel talk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

MONTEREY, Calif. - Medicare coverage, healthcare costs, and hospital billing issues will be explored in a talk at the Carmel Foundation by the patient advocate and leaders of the billing and admissions departments of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

The program is at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30 in Diment Hall at the Carmel Foundation, Lincoln Street and 8th Avenue in Carmel. It is free and open to the public.

Oriol Sandwell, who works with patients to resolve billing and insurance issues as the hospital's patient advocate, will share a presentation called Financially Speaking with the Human Touch. She will be joined by Daisy Noguera, director of Patient Business Services, which oversees billing, and Sharon Griffin, director of Patient Access, which handles admissions.

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Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit, integrated healthcare provider delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. For more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, visit www.chomp.org.

The Carmel Foundation provides a broad spectrum of interactive activities and services for the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of its more than 4,000 members, who are over 55 years of age. For more information, visit www.carmelfoundation.org or call 624.1588