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Veterans Choice Program Extends Third-Party Care Options for Vets

April 21, 2017 - President Trump has signed into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, according to multiple sources. The law will extend the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to access third-party care when experiencing extraordinary barriers to VA care. The Veterans Choice Program was slated to expire on August 7, 2017. The new law strikes that expiration date but does not offer a...


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Veterans Choice Program Extends Third-Party Care Options for Vets

by Sara Heath

President Trump has signed into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, according to multiple sources. The law will extend the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to access third-party care when experiencing extraordinary...

Payer Administrative Barriers Limit Access to Cancer Care

by Sara Heath

Healthcare payers should reform their utilization management strategies and reduce administrative barriers to better facilitate easy access to cancer care, says the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Utilization management strategies...

Is Yelp an Effective Patient Resource for Treatment Decisions?

by Sara Heath

Positive Yelp reviews are correlated with key clinical quality metrics, suggesting that the platform is an effective and accessible resource for patients making treatment decisions, according to a new report conducted by the Manhattan Institute...

VA Launches Center for Patient-Centered Healthcare Innovation

by Sara Heath

The VA has launched its Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) to help produce and deliver patient-centered healthcare innovations and treatment options to veterans. The CCI will explore cutting-edge medical therapies and emerging workflow...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

by Sara Heath

More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

VA Tool Shows Vets Healthcare Access, Care Quality Information

by Sara Heath

The VA Health Administration has launched an online quality of care and healthcare access tool to empower patients with more information to make better treatment choices. The tool allows patients to view and compare various aspects of healthcare...

Congress Advances Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according...

Using At-Home Treatment to Drive Patient Satisfaction, Access

by Sara Heath

At-home interactive voice recognition (IVR) therapies may be effective in improving chronic conditions without medication, driving various aspects of patient engagement (i.e. treatment access, feasibility, patient satisfaction), according to...

$1M Grant to Increase Patient Access to Free Clinic Care

by Sara Heath

The CVS Health Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million in grant funding to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), ultimately aiding 33 free health clinics across the country. These grants are geared toward improving...

Seamless Appointment Scheduling Fuels Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

In the age of patient-centered care and strong patient care priorities, healthcare organizations must focus on creating a seamless and satisfying experience for patients. A positive patient experience starts with the appointment scheduling process,...

33% of Primary Care Providers Also Deliver Palliative Care

by Sara Heath

About one-third of primary care physicians offer palliative care services, allaying some concern about a growing senior patient population and a shrinking palliative care workforce, according to research published in the Journal of the American...

Industry Deals Drive Patient Care Access, Provider Training

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professional societies and other stakeholders are partnering to increase clinical education and input to drive more patient healthcare access. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) recently announced its partnership...

Ridesharing Deal to Drive Timely Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

Lyft and American Medical Response (AMR) have partnered to provide easier transportation and healthcare access for patients receiving outpatient treatment. The partnership will support AMR’s One Call program, which allows patients to call...

Medicaid Patient Healthcare Access on Par with Private Plans

by Sara Heath

Medicaid-covered patients experience near equal healthcare access when compared to their privately-insured counterparts, according to a data note from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). “Given Medicaid’s major coverage role and the...

Convenient Telemedicine Access Reduces Travel, Healthcare Costs

by Sara Heath

Convenient telemedicine can save patients time and money, with these services producing over $100 in travel time cost savings, according to experts from the University of California Davis. Researchers, led by Chief of the UC Davis Division of...

mHealth Apps Offer Patient-Centered, Convenient Recovery Care

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps are helpful in reducing in-person care after surgery, presenting a viable patient-centered and convenient option for patients during post-operative follow-up care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. Offering convenient...

Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times, Harms Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Doctors’ appointment wait times have increased by 30 percent since 2014, likely due to a growing number of insured patients and resulting physician shortages, according to a Merritt Hawkins survey. The survey of physician practices in 30...

Hospital Execs Keep Focus on Patient Engagement, Experience

by Sara Heath

Better patient engagement and consumer satisfaction remain among the top priorities for C-suite hospital executives, according to the 2017 C-suite survey from Premier, Inc. The survey of 63 healthcare executives revealed that healthcare organizations...

Clinical Trial Finder to Boost Patient Participation in Trials

by Sara Heath

The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has launched a brain tumor clinical trial finder to help boost patient participation in treatment development. Brain tumor clinical trials have seen limited patient engagement in recent years, likely because...

Does the ACA Drive Patient Access to Primary Preventive Care?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of patients receiving primary preventive care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. “A major goal of the Affordable Care...

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