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5 Patient-Centered Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

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Patient safety is a key aspect of patient-centered care and is tied to the patient experience and health outcomes. However, all too often healthcare professionals view patient safety and patient-centered care as two different issues. Clinicians...

Overcoming Engagement Barriers to Shared Decision-Making

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Despite industry calls for better shared decision-making, patient engagement barriers make that goal easier said than done. In a recent paper from the Baylor College of Medicine, author J.S. Blumenthal-Barby explains that shared decision-making...

How Patient Portal Use Improves Business in Specialty Groups

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Finding an effective use for the patient portal may not be instinctual in acute specialty settings. After all, patients don’t always need a follow-up appointment in some of these settings, and many patients aren’t accessing health...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how both IHS...

Patient-Centered Care Models Enhance End-of-Life Cancer Care

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Patient-centered medical home, patient navigation, and palliative care models can all improve cancer patient experience and reduce healthcare spending at the end-of-life, shows a new study published in Health Affairs. End-of-life cancer care...

WA Drug Price Transparency Bill to Reduce Patient Cost Burden

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The Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill requiring drug manufacturers to offer better price transparency, helping to alleviate patient financial burden. Representative June Robinson sponsored the bill, which passed by a modest...

How Clinician Guidance Aids Patient-Provider Communication

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Clinicians need better guidance about patient-provider communication to help facilitate stronger shared decision-making, patient goal-setting, and clinician advice-giving, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board...

VA Choice Program Protocol Creates Long Patient Wait Times

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Protocol at the Department of Veterans Affairs for scheduling Veterans Choice Program appointments causes veterans to wait up to 81 days for treatment, despite VA goals to administer care within 30 days of requesting a doctor’s appointment,...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

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Telehealth may improve patient access to healthcare services, but service over-utilization due to easier access may actually increase healthcare costs, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Telehealth access...

Digital Patient Education Tools Improve Procedure Prep Process

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Digital tools are helpful in driving patient education in procedure preparation, helping to reduce the number of necessary repeat procedures in patients undergoing their first colonoscopy, shows a study published in the American Journal of Medicine....

How Healthcare Orgs Can Drive Family Engagement in Patient Care

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When patients are admitted to the hospital or diagnosed with a potentially life-changing illness, they are hardly ever alone. More often than not, patients have a network of family and friends behind them, and providers need to practice strong...

Lower Drug Costs, Subsidy Access Improve Medication Adherence

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  Improving access to Medicare Part D subsidies and lowering out-of-pocket patient drug costs can help raise medication adherence rates in patients of low socioeconomic status, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical...

Patient Education Improves Diabetes Self-Management Outcomes

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Self-management programs that include patient education and participant input are helpful in driving outcomes in chronic care management, shows a recent case study on diabetes care published in the American Journal of Managed Care. At a family...

Inaccurate VA Wait Time Data Creates Healthcare Access Issues

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A recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General shows that appointment wait times at the VA are longer than the agency is reporting. According to the brief, these inaccuracies are keeping patients from accessing Veterans Choice, a program...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

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Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

Better Assessments Needed for Patient EHR Note Readability

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Healthcare professionals need a better metric for testing patient readability for EHR notes, especially as patients gain more access to their health data via clinician notes and the patient portal, says a recent study published in the Journal...

3 Best Practices to Improve the Healthcare Patient Experience

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As healthcare continues to embrace patient-centered care strategies, industry stakeholders have begun to focus on improving the patient experience. Per the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the patient experience “encompasses...

Accuracy, Usefulness of Patient eHealth Literacy Assessments

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With the increasing mHealth and other health IT use to support patient engagement, healthcare professionals are focused on assessing the ability for patients to access, use, and apply knowledge from these tools — otherwise known as patient...

Retail Consumer Experience Key in Consumer-Driven Healthcare

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Just like retail industries have to cater to shoppers’ needs, healthcare organizations must focus on patient experience in order to thrive in an increasingly consumer-driven landscape. Increasingly, out-of-pocket patient costs are rising...

AHIMA Reviews the Basics of HIPAA Compliant Patient Data Access

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has posted a slideshow and report guiding patients through the proper process of  obtaining their medical records from their providers and navigating HIPAA privacy regulations....

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