MEDIA ADVISORY: Leslie Michelson and Jonathan Karl to discuss "The Patient's Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love" at National Press Club -- Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Aug 27, 2015, 14:23 ET from The Patient's Playbook

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl to interview author Leslie Michelson about his groundbreaking book. Michelson, a medical-case management expert for more than thirty years, wrote The Patient's Playbook to share his unique — and often counterintuitive — decision-making strategies and life-saving techniques so that readers everywhere, no matter their age or income, can get better medical care and more focused attention from their physicians.

In this highly anticipated discussion, Michelson will reveal insider tips from the book, including:

  • Why it doesn't cost more to get the country's best specialists on your case — and how to exploit this quirk in our health care system.
  • The 6 steps to finding the "No-Mistake Zone" in medicine. Medical error contributes to the deaths of 400,000 Americans a year — that's akin to two fully loaded jumbo jets crashing every single day, with no survivors. Michelson's step-by-step process has helped thousands of patients avoid error and achieve exceptional results.
  • The 5 must-visit websites. About 60,000 medical articles are published every month — twice as many as a decade ago. We can't expect our doctors to be up-to-date on the latest advances for our conditions. Michelson explains how to be a savvy online researcher.

This is not a traditional self-help book. Called "a primer on making the right moves," by Kirkus; "invaluable" by Herald-Tribune; and a "unique and useful" resource in a starred review by BooklistThe Patient's Playbook is an essential guide to getting the best care from a broken system.

WHO:   Jonathan Karl, ABC News, and Leslie Michelson, author of The Patient's Playbook

WHAT: The Patient's Playbook launch event and discussion in Washington, D.C.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 9.

WHERE: The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 529 14th St. NW, in the Zenger Room. Copies of the book will be available to journalists who attend.  

RSVP REQUIRED: Space is limited. Contact Susan Forbes at 678 770 1305, or by email at Continental breakfast and coffee will be served.

About the author: As the founder and CEO of Private Health Management, Leslie Michelson has served as an expert navigator for thousands of clients struggling with medical problems. He has been involved in almost all aspects of the health care system, starting at age 29 when he served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has founded and led four entrepreneurial health care companies, served as CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the board of the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Michelson received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. For more, see the Wall Street Journal profile on Leslie Michelson.


SOURCE The Patient's Playbook