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Rising Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Spur Patient Financial Woes

May 24, 2017 - Out-of-pocket drug costs are growing, with 25 percent of patients paying more for their prescriptions now than they did one year ago, showed a survey from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The survey of 1,000 prescription-taking patients found that prescription drug prices are increasing at a steady rate, putting some pressure on patients’ pocketbooks. Of the respondents who reported...


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Rising Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Spur Patient Financial Woes

by Sara Heath

Out-of-pocket drug costs are growing, with 25 percent of patients paying more for their prescriptions now than they did one year ago, showed a survey from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The survey of 1,000 prescription-taking patients found...

Should Value-Based Care Measures Become Patient-Centric?

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry must make value-based care assessments more patient-centric, ensuring that value measures consider variables that are important to patients, stated a pair of industry leaders in a Health Affairs op-ed. As patients increasingly...

Patients Prioritize Costs, Convenience when Selecting Docs

by Sara Heath

Healthcare costs and convenience are top of mind for patients when selecting their doctors, according to a report published by locum tenens provider Weatherby Healthcare. In a survey of nearly 500 adult patients, a research team found that 77...

Low Medication Adherence Negates Medicare Cost-Sharing Savings

by Sara Heath

Although cost-sharing saves Medicare money on pharmaceutical expenses, these savings are likely negated by low medication adherence and eventual health complications, found a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. High chronic...

AARP Law Supports Family Caregiver Engagement in Discharge

by Sara Heath

The Ohio state legislature has unanimously passed a law that will require hospitals to train and engage family caregivers in at-home patient care, easing the transition during hospital discharge. AARP Ohio proposed the AARP Caregiver Advise,...

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

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

by Sara Heath

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...

Lower Drug Costs, Subsidy Access Improve Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

  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...

High Costs Quell Widespread Patient Engagement Tech Adoption

by Sara Heath

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...

How Prior Authorization Affects Timely Patient Treatment Access

by Sara Heath

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...

How Out-of-Pocket Costs Affect Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

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...

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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