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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Patient Portals, mHealth Top 2016 Patient Engagement Trends

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With value-based care coming to the forefront this past year, healthcare professionals have turned to patient engagement strategies to improve care outcomes and cut healthcare costs. In doing so, a series of trends emerged in 2016. Between patient...

CMS Updates Quality Compare Sites for Patient Health Decisions

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CMS has launched two new healthcare quality compare websites and will be implementing updates to several existing ones to better inform patients making health decisions, according to an agency blog post. The post, authored by CMS Acting Principal...

How Patient Safety Factors into the Patient Experience Puzzle

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Patient safety needs to be at the core of providing a positive patient experience, which is why Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, created a step-by-step method for ensuring his patients are safe from adverse harms and infections. It started when Pronovost,...

CMS Family, Patient Engagement Strategies to Drive Quality Care

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CMS has launched a new patient engagement strategy to support each of the agency’s quality and patient-centered care initiatives, according to an agency blog post. The initiative is a part of the agency’s overarching goal to improve...

Access to Care, Communication Aid Chronic Disease Patients

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Chronic disease patients tend to experience more healthcare challenges and incur higher costs, but with strong patient-provider communication and more convenient access to care, healthcare professionals can help mediate those issues, according...

CMS, AHRQ Launch New Medicare Patient Engagement Models

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CMS and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have partnered to launch two new patient engagement initiatives to increase quality and decrease spending on Medicare beneficiaries. These projects will be a part of the Beneficiary...

Chronic Disease Management Apps for Teens Need Stakeholder Input

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When creating chronic disease management apps for adolescent patients, it’s important for developers to keep parent and clinician opinions in mind, says a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. According to the research...

GAO: Improve Usability, Info on CMS Nursing Home Compare Site

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The CMS Nursing Home Compare website could benefit from updates that improve usability and better inform patient care decisions, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In a recent audit, GAO found that the Nursing Home Compare...

70% of Senior Patients Need Better Care Coordination

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Care coordination is an integral part of providing quality healthcare to senior patients, many of which are managing a chronic health condition. But according to a recent survey from CareMore Health, only about 30 percent of senior-aged patients...

Why Patient Satisfaction is More Than “Making Patients Happy”

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Patient satisfaction efforts need to shift away from simply “making patients happy,” to delivering individualized treatment to optimize care. These efforts cannot be about improving everything for every patient, but delivering the...

AHA Develops Strategies to Enhance Rural Healthcare Access

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As the healthcare industry embraces patient-centered healthcare, organizations must work to ensure healthcare access to vulnerable communities, such as rural or urban regions. So says the American Hospital Association in a recent report. According...

3 Ways to Incorporate Patient Preferences into Healthcare

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Understanding and incorporating patient preferences into provider care delivery should prove useful to improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. With these preferences in mind, providers can tailor care strategies capable of being...

Stakeholder Collaboration Can Boost Patient Portal Enrollment

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When assessing the potential barriers to patient portal enrollment, healthcare organizations should consult with all stakeholders, including practice leadership, providers, and patients, according to recent research published in the Journal of...

Can Primary Care Address Limited Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare?

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Primary care interventions may be required to help expand behavioral healthcare access to underserved children, but providers are facing a number of obstacles as they try to improve access to care, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics....

Palliative Care Effective in Boosting Patient Quality of Life

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Palliative care has shown itself effective in improving quality of life for patients with a variety of serious illnesses in two studies recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Palliative care providers usually supplement...

Prolonged mHealth Use May Improve Patient Self-Management

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mHealth and electronic self-management devices may influence positive patient behavior changes when paired with strong patient engagement and prolonged use, according to a recent study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. With 69 percent...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Changes Can Support Patient Engagement

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As the optional reporting period for Stage 3 Meaningful Use approaches, healthcare industry stakeholders and CMS should consider modifications to the patient engagement requirements, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed...

Are mHealth, Health IT Good for Patient-Provider Relationships?

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mHealth and other health technologies may be the key to improving patient-provider relationships by drawing them closer together between office visits, according to the authors of a recent opinion piece in Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation,...

How Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety

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Strong patient engagement and education strategies may be useful for improving medication safety, according to a recent ONC report. The report, which centers on medication ordering within the EHR, suggests that while technology usability can...

Patient Lifestyle Needs Key to Driving Patient Self-Management

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When Jordan Asher, MD, MS, from MissionPoint Health Partners tries to engage his patients in self-management and health improvement activities, he doesn’t just think about how to move a needle on a quality measurement. Instead, he thinks...

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