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Pending Bills May Drive Care Access in Underserved Regions

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Both houses of Congress have introduced companion bills to extend the Conrad State 30 Waiver program through 2021, according to multiple sources. The Conrad State 30 Waiver program drives care access allows state legislatures to extend visa waivers...

Top Hospital Patient Portal Vendors by Implementations

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Patient portals offer a host of web-based tools empowering patients to play an active role in their own health management. ONC defines a patient portal as “a secure online website that gives patients convenient 24-hour access to personal...

57% of Children Have Access to Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

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Just over half of children have feasible access to a pediatric trauma care center that meets their unique needs, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Children who have suffered a severe and potentially...

4 Patient Education Strategies that Drive Patient Activation

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As meaningful patient engagement continues to be a core priority for healthcare professionals, clinicians need a thorough understanding of patient education strategies. Ensuring patients are knowledgeable about their healthcare is the surest...

Is Sitting the New Patient Communication Strategy for Nurses?

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Nurses can add an easy-to-implement patient communication strategy to their tool belts, according to a recent study. Research published in the Patient Experience Journal shows that nurses who sit down when communicating with patients yield higher...

Lifelong Healthcare Planning Must Trump Advance Care Planning

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Medicare began reimbursing clinicians in January 2016 for delivering advance care planning services that identified patient end-of-life healthcare needs and preferences. Reimbursement rates reached as high as $86 per half hour session, highlighting...

6 Steps to Improving the Patient, Family Engagement Process

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As patient and family engagement continue to be key measures of quality care and a humanistic imperative for clinicians, most practices will need to undergo a practice culture shift. Healthcare professionals detail the importance of driving culture...

CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Applications Deadline Approaching

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The application deadline for CMS CAHPS for MIPS survey vendors is fast approaching. Interested vendors may apply to be a CAHPS for MIPS survey administrator by April 30, 2017. The CAHPS for MIPS survey may only be administered by those vendors...

Patients Prioritize Costs, Convenience when Selecting Docs

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Healthcare costs and convenience are top of mind for patients when selecting their doctors, according to a report published by locum tenens provider Weatherby Healthcare. In a survey of nearly 500 adult patients, a research team found that 77...

Navy Value-Based Pilot Improves Patient Satisfaction, Outcomes

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A value-based care strategy from the Navy Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) has proven effective in improving patient satisfaction, outcomes, and care coordination, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. The...

Patients Prefer Email, Patient Portals for Lab Result Alerts

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Most patients prefer receiving their laboratory results online via email or the patient portal, despite some data privacy and security concerns, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. In a survey of 200 patients...

Veterans Choice Program Extends Third-Party Care Options for Vets

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President Trump has signed into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, according to multiple sources. The law will extend the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to access third-party care when experiencing extraordinary...

Payer Administrative Barriers Limit Access to Cancer Care

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Healthcare payers should reform their utilization management strategies and reduce administrative barriers to better facilitate easy access to cancer care, says the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Utilization management strategies...

Low Medication Adherence Negates Medicare Cost-Sharing Savings

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Although cost-sharing saves Medicare money on pharmaceutical expenses, these savings are likely negated by low medication adherence and eventual health complications, found a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. High chronic...

Long-Term Care Plans, Engagement Improve Cancer Survivorship

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Breast cancer survivors who receive written long-term care and engagement plans, and meet individually with self-care coaches experience better clinical outcomes, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. With...

Is Yelp an Effective Patient Resource for Treatment Decisions?

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Positive Yelp reviews are correlated with key clinical quality metrics, suggesting that the platform is an effective and accessible resource for patients making treatment decisions, according to a new report conducted by the Manhattan Institute...

VA Launches Center for Patient-Centered Healthcare Innovation

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The VA has launched its Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) to help produce and deliver patient-centered healthcare innovations and treatment options to veterans. The CCI will explore cutting-edge medical therapies and emerging workflow...

Using Shared Decision-Making to Spark Quality Patient Care

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Shared decision-making in healthcare is an effective strategy for incorporating patient preferences into treatment plans. Taking the time to educate patients about their conditions and treatment options, and then prompting them to contextualize...

Patient Portal Benefits in Pediatric Care Must Fuel Parent Use

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The perceived effectiveness of patient portals in driving parent caregiver engagement in pediatrics is currently limited, presenting more opportunities for healthcare organizations to refine and streamline their patient portal adoption strategies,...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

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More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

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