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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Patients Need Strong Broadband for mHealth, Telehealth Access

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The AHA and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) plan to improve broadband services in rural regions. This will make mHealth and...

Is Administrative Data a Quality Patient Satisfaction Measure?

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Administrative data about healthcare facility characteristics offers some insight into patient satisfaction, helping to inform specific practice improvements, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Although many...

Improving Nurse Communication with a 56-Second Strategy

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Using nurse communication to deliver compassionate care is a high priority in the healthcare industry, especially considering the unique impact nurses have on the patient experience. Nurse empathy and communications have a tremendous effect on...

Rising Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Spur Patient Financial Woes

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Out-of-pocket drug costs are growing, with 25 percent of patients paying more for their prescriptions now than they did one year ago, showed a survey from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The survey of 1,000 prescription-taking patients found...

Walgreens Partnership Boosted Patient Mental Health Screening

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A partnership between Walgreens and Mental Health America (MHA) resulted in an increase in patients screening for mental health and taking the steps to manage a mental illness. The partnership, forged last year, included an online platform on...

Using Onboarding Automation to Drive Specialty Care Access

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As the healthcare market becomes increasingly competitive, many specialty practices are looking for the safest and most streamlined strategy to increase patient volume. For many facilities, that means turning to onboarding automation, ensuring...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

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The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

Health Coaching Drives Patient Behavior Change, Weight Loss

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Health coaching conducted by medical assistants is an effective measure for preventing or managing chronic illness, alleviating some management burden from clinicians, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family...

AHA Lauds Bill for Patient Access to Rural Emergency Hospitals

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Bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to rural emergency hospitals has been introduced to Congress, according to multiple sources. The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act would create a new rural emergency hospital classification...

Interactive Websites Aid Patient Healthcare Decision-Making

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An interactive website for patients helped increase patient-led healthcare decision-making by up to 35 percent, according to researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The PREPARE For Your Care website, launched in 2013...

Dual Strategy Key for Driving Patient Preventive Screenings

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Patient-facing decision aids used in tandem with patient navigators are effective in improving the rate of preventive cancer screenings, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite general consensus...

Bill Urges More Patient Access to Physician-Owned Hospitals

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Oklahoma Senator James Lankford introduced a Senate bill to repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) bans on new construction of physician-owned hospitals (POHs). Bill supporters say the bans currently limit patient healthcare access. The Patient Access...

Exploring Patients’ Roles in Chronic Illness Care Coordination

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Strong care coordination is one of the core necessities for effective chronic disease management. Patients managing a chronic illness are confronted with a plethora of health information, often coming from multiple different specialists and primary...

Patients Need Help Receiving Chronic Illness Social Support

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Healthcare professionals must educate patients about the importance of social support when facing a chronic illness, according to a report from The Parkinson’s Alliance. The report featured findings from a survey of over 1,400 individuals...

60% of Patients Want Stronger Health Payer Communications

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Health payer communication and engagement with patients is lacking, especially with regard to patient-facing digital tools, according to a new HealthMine survey. The survey of 750 insured patients found that health payers need to do more to support...

Rural Patients Gain More Telehealth Access in New WA Law

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A new Washington state law to help expand patient access to telehealth services has earned the praise of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). The law, signed by the state’s governor Jay Inslee, clarifies the definition of “home”...

Does Hospital Environment, Culture Affect Family Engagement?

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Considerations about the hospital environment are an oft-forgotten variable factoring into a positive patient experience and meaningful patient and family engagement. After all, shouldn’t hospitals prioritize quality of care over how “pretty”...

mHealth Equally Effective as Manual Chronic Care Management

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mHealth apps are useful for supporting chronic care management, but no more so than manual, paper-based self-management strategies, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps can specifically benefit...

VA Deal Drives Patient Education on Mental Health Treatment

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The VA and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFA) have partnered with Walgreens to improve patient education about mental healthcare access, suicide prevention, and opioid abuse. The partnership will support overcoming mental and behavioral...

Understanding Mental Barriers to Patient Medication Adherence

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Clinicians looking to improve medication adherence amongst their chronic illness populations should look beyond the external barriers patients face. Clinicians must also be aware of the emotional and behavioral barriers patients face, according...

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