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Patient Advocacy

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Ben Berlin is the President and Founder of the Lucky Hedgehog Company, Inc. a patient advocacy firm.  After 20 years of being a courtroom litigator, Ben found himself helping families get what they needed from the fractured health care system by advocating to insurance companies, medical providers, coordinating care, helping clients manage the finances and bills for themselves or elderly loved ones and more.  He has been successful in helping people achieve smoother transitions including hospital discharges, establish the care necessary to return to appropriate settings in the community or at home and negotiate significant reductions in surprise medical bills.

Ben graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in Economics and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law with a J.D.  He also holds a Masters in Media and Communication from the Fordham Graduate School of Business and has worked for Archie Comics Entertainment, CBS, and Sony Music.

For the past several years Ben has worked exclusively as a patient advocate for private clients who realize that the system tends to put patients and their concerns last.  It is fragmented and often one group is not communicating well with the other groups.  With someone looking at the larger picture from the patients perspective, often times solutions can be found that are beneficial to all sides.  Ben is a strong proponent of Shared Decision Making and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine as well as the Walking Gallery of Healthcare.  

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