Healthcare Costs

How Out-of-Pocket Costs Affect Patient Healthcare Access

January 11, 2017 - 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 utilization, how restricted access can impact overall health, and what role healthcare organizations can play in working with patients to alleviate...


4 Patient Engagement Strategies to Improve Patient Retention

by Sara Heath

Cultivating the ability to maintain high rates of patient retention and loyalty has become a top priority for providers, especially as patients face rising out-of-pocket costs and make more careful decisions about how to use their buying power....

How Healthcare Orgs Can Manage Patient Financial Responsibility

by Sara Heath

Out-of-pocket patient financial responsibility has increased by 10 percent over the past five years, shows a survey from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), leading to frustrations for consumers and potential revenue cycle...

How Do Patient Engagement Strategies Cut Healthcare Costs?

by Sara Heath

Although patient engagement strategies are excellent for improving wellness and satisfaction, they also have a peripheral benefit: cutting healthcare costs and improving the hospital revenue cycle. By keeping patients connected with and engaged...

Senators Urge HELP Committee to Reassess Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

A bipartisan group of US Senators is urging the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to shift its focus to patient perspectives on access to care, particularly in light of rising healthcare costs. The letter, addressed to...

Healthcare Costs Dampen Patient Engagement Despite Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

If more than 90 percent of patients are satisfied with their primary care,, then why are so many patients going without routine medical treatments? According to one survey, rising healthcare costs may be the culprit. The Physicians Foundation...


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