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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Private Funds for Patient Advocacy Orgs Raise Transparency Issues

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Nearly two-thirds of non-profit patient advocacy organizations (PAOs) receive private-sector funding to support their initiatives, raising questions about transparency and conflicts of interest, asserts a new report from Cleveland Clinic published...

Low-Income Patients Cite Financial, Cultural Barriers to Care

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Low-income and otherwise vulnerable patients are facing barriers to accessing their healthcare, citing lack of cost transparency and insufficient language assistance as primary issues, according to a recent survey conducted by Oliver Wyman and...

Quality Care Drives Positive Patient Perceptions of Clinicians

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Patients are reporting positive perceptions of clinicians and hospitals, with patients believing their providers to have good intentions when it comes to their healthcare, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll. With over 1,000...

Practical Patient-Centered Care Strategies Key for ACO Success

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As the healthcare industry continues to embrace value-based reimbursement models, accountable care organizations need a strong grip on practical patient-centered care strategies in order to remain competitive, according to a viewpoint published...

Digital Weight Loss Tools Improve Patient Engagement, Adherence

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Healthcare providers have long struggled with engaging their patients in weight loss, finding that most efforts are unsuccessful and have low adherence rates. A multi-faceted patient engagement platform may help improve this issue, shows a recent...

How Out-of-Pocket Costs Affect Patient Healthcare Access

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Patients are increasingly facing high out-of-pocket costs, a trend that can limit their healthcare access and ability to pay for quality services. It is important for providers to understand how high out-of-pocket costs can impact patient treatment...

CMS Measures Have Limited Impact on Patient Experience Levels

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CMS has played a significant role in emphasizing positive patient experience, notably by tying incentive payments in the Value-Based Purchasing program to patient satisfaction scores. But to what extent have these policy decisions actually improved...

How Patient Education Tools Improve Chronic Disease Management

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Empowering and engaging patient education tools are at the core of any meaningful chronic disease management program that succeeds in encouraging individuals to take the actions necessary to achieve their healthcare goals. At Centura Health,...

Do Patient Satisfaction Scores Truly Portray Quality Care?

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Although touted as important indicators of quality patient care, patient satisfaction measures aren’t an accurate portrayal of positive outcomes and effective treatment, say Justin B. Cohen, MD, MS, Terence M. Myckatyn, MD, and Keith Brandt,...

End-of-Life Patient Satisfaction Hinges on Longer Hospice Care

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Hospice care plays an important role in improving patient satisfaction and fulfilling end of life wishes for patients with cancer, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, but the benefits are dependent upon...

Patient Demand Drives mHealth Engagement Technology Adoption

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Patient engagement technology and mHealth have long shown promise for many providers looking to activate their patients in their care. But for some providers, the days of simply considering the potential of patient engagement technology are over...

Privacy Issues, Distrust Keep Patients from Health IT Engagement

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Patient perceptions about health IT use are becoming more complicated, as health data security concerns, limited health and technology literacy, and differences in patient-provider viewpoints  get in the way. A recent Black Book survey of...

How Health IT Adoption Affects Patient Satisfaction, HCAHPS

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As federal incentive programs such as meaningful use spark widespread EHR and health IT adoption, some healthcare professionals have questioned technology’s effects on patient satisfaction. According to researchers from a Delaware health...

4 Healthcare Pros Share their 2017 Patient-Centered Care Goals

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In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, healthcare professionals are making their own patient-centered care goals for 2017. But while New Year’s Resolutions typically fall by the wayside after a period of time, it’s likely...

Using Health IT for Patient Engagement, Consumer Activation

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Consumers of all ages are becoming empowered and perpetually connected in all aspects of their lives. We see it in the grocery store, on an airplane, at children’s’ soccer games, and shockingly even while driving. This tells us that...

VA Extends Practice Authority to NPs, Expanding Vet Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has officially granted advanced practice nurse practitioners full practice authority, says a VA news release. The move aims to improve veteran healthcare access by increasing the number of authorized clinicians...

2017 Patient Engagement Requirements for MACRA, Meaningful Use

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As 2017 approaches, healthcare professionals should prepare for new sets of reporting requirements, including patient engagement provisions under meaningful use for hospitals and MACRA for eligible clinicians. With reimbursement rates hinging...

Can Artificial Intelligence Coaches Boost Patient Engagement?

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Virtual health coaches driven by artificial intelligence can improve patient-provider communication in the clinic setting by helping to activate patients in their care and encourage them to initiate healthy lifestyle discussions with their clinicians,...

Patient Satisfaction, Portals, mHealth Led 2016 Headlines

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Amidst the plethora of patient engagement initiatives healthcare professionals faced in 2016, three areas drew the most provider focus: patient satisfaction strategies, the use of mHealth, and patient portal adoption. To account for policies...

OpenNotes, Patient Feedback Tools Improve Patient Safety

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A new study from OpenNotes shows that offering patients a method to engage with physician notes and offer feedback on what they see can help improve care outcomes and patient safety. The researchers introduced a feedback tool to 41 physicians...

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