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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Despite EHR Adoption, Patients Still Face Record Copying Fees

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Despite widespread EHR adoption and regulations limiting copying fees, patients still face financial and administrative barriers to health data access, contends a group of authors in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine viewpoint. These barriers often...

Lyft Partnership to Expand Transportation for Healthcare Access

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LogistiCare, a service for coordinating transportation to non-emergency medical appointments, has partnered with Lyft to help patients access healthcare in an easier and more timely manner. Through this partnership, LogistiCare will leverage...

Shared Decision-Making Reduces Cardiac Admissions from the ED

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Shared decision-making tools can cut cardiac admissions in the emergency department by empowering patients and clinicians to make more informed choices about their care, according to research published in the British Medical Journal and discussed...

AHRQ Awards $4M for Patient Experience, Safety Initiatives

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a $4 million grant to the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the American College of Surgeons to help practices improve patient experience and...

Five Best Practices for Improving Patient Health Literacy

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Strong patient health literacy is key for improving patient engagement, but it does not occur in a vacuum. Instead, providers should assess and understand outside variables that affect health literacy, such as practice-wide interventions, policy...

Online Physician Reviews Stressful for Docs, Useful for Patients

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Seventy-eight percent of providers say that online physician reviews cause them stress, despite the fact that about a half of patients think the reviews are useful, according to a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine....

How Healthcare Pros Measure Patient Engagement, Satisfaction

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As a part of the industry push for value-based healthcare, healthcare professionals are facing calls to improve patient engagement. However, patient engagement as a practice is difficult to define and difficult to measure. To work towards achieving...

Communications on Outcomes Can Boost Shared Decision-Making

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Surgeons who discuss best and worst case outcomes scenarios as a part of their patient-provider communications see stronger shared decision-making with their senior patients, shows a new study published in JAMA Surgery. Developing shared decision-making...

Best Practices for Advanced Care Planning, End-of-Life Care

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Clinicians looking to improve their advanced care planning conversations and end-of-life care for their patients should utilize strong interpersonal skills and supplementing them with health IT use. Advanced care planning is the process by which...

How Can Healthcare Professionals Define Patient Engagement?

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Patient engagement is a widely used buzzword throughout the healthcare industry, but for too long has been only that – a phrase with little tangible definition. But coming to an industry-wide consensus on the meaning and scope of patient...

OIG: VA Still Struggles with Third-Party Patient Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to bolster its third-party patient care access to help reduce its appointment wait times, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. OIG’s report, which it conducted in response...

High Costs Quell Widespread Patient Engagement Tech Adoption

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High costs and lack of payer coverage are two leading barriers to widespread mHealth and patient engagement technology adoption, despite their potential to support chronic disease management, shows a recent survey from the New England Journal...

Effective Patient Advocacy Starts with Strong Relationships

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When a patient is diagnosed with a serious chronic or life-threatening condition, more changes than just her health status. These patients often face financial, logistical, and bureaucratic challenges to obtaining quality care, and need strong...

Patient Care Navigators Increase Care Quality, Decrease Costs

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Non-clinical laypeople make effective patient care navigators, offering a low-cost solution for offering care coordination services to aging cancer patients trying to access quality treatment, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology....

How Digital, Health Literacy Drives mHealth Patient Engagement

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mHealth and other digital health technologies have emerged as viable tools for facilitating patient engagement. However, in order to ensure these technologies contribute to meaningful chronic disease management, patients need high health and...

How Prior Authorization Affects Timely Patient Treatment Access

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A group of 17 healthcare industry stakeholders has published a set of guidelines to improve payer prior authorization programs in an effort to improve timely patient treatment access. Treatment authorization programs, known as utilization management...

Bill Targets Patient Access to Pharmacy Care in Rural Areas

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Pharmacy trade groups are praising the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (HR-592), which aims to improve patient access to pharmacy care by recognizing pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B. The bill, originally...

Payer Patient Engagement Key for Chronic Disease Management

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Despite the fact that one out of two Americans is managing a chronic disease, only half say they are getting enough support from their health payers to help them stay engaged in their health, according to a recent HealthMine survey. HealthMine’s...

Arguing for Patient Data Access Amidst Provider Pushback

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When OpenNotes came onto the healthcare scene in 2011, it introduced the fairly innovative concept of allowing patients to have full access to their clinicians’ notes. Physicians questioned whether this was the right or responsible approach...

How Patient Data Access, Education Improve Patient Safety

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Adverse patient safety events continue to plague the healthcare industry, with government agencies reporting as many as one in ten patients experiencing harm during treatment. And as patient safety becomes tied to the overall patient experience,...

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