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Low-Income Patients Cite Financial, Cultural Barriers to Care

January 18, 2017 - Low-income and otherwise vulnerable patients are facing barriers to accessing their healthcare, citing lack of cost transparency and insufficient language assistance as primary issues, according to a recent survey conducted by Oliver Wyman and the Altarum Institute, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The survey of nearly 4,000 respondents focused on low-income patients, Medicaid...


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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...

VA Extends Practice Authority to NPs, Expanding Vet Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs has officially granted advanced practice nurse practitioners full practice authority, says a VA news release. The move aims to improve veteran healthcare access by increasing the number of authorized clinicians...

Access to Care, Communication Aid Chronic Disease Patients

by Sara Heath

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...

70% of Senior Patients Need Better Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

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...

AHA Develops Strategies to Enhance Rural Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

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...

Can Primary Care Address Limited Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare?

by Sara Heath

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....

Patients Still Struggle to Access Mental Health Care at VA

by Sara Heath

More than a third of veterans struggle to access mental health care within the VA system despite a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a recent survey from the Wounded Warrior Project. Although nearly three-quarters...

High Patient Financial Responsibility Reduces Positive Outcomes

by Sara Heath

One in four patients who skimp on healthcare due to high financial responsibility see their conditions decline in the long-run, shows a recent survey conducted by Morning Consult and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). According...

Patient-Provider Interaction Top Priority for Health Consumers

by Sara Heath

Patient-provider interactions are top-of-mind for healthcare consumers, while use of digital tools isn’t as important, according to the Deloitte 2016 Consumer Priorities in Healthcare Survey. The survey of nearly 1,800 patients asked respondents...

Care Coordination May Improve Behavioral Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry should do more to improve behavioral healthcare access and substance abuse disorder treatment, says an op-ed published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in order to account for the growing patient...

Could Low Provider Morale Affect Patient Healthcare Access?

by Sara Heath

Low job satisfaction and physician morale may be negatively affecting patient healthcare access, shows a Physician Foundation survey report. The survey, administered to nearly 17,000 primary care and specialty physicians, shows that 53.9 percent...

Ridesharing Services May Drive More Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

Ridesharing services could play a big role in improving patient healthcare access by making it easier for patients to get to their doctor’s appointments. As more individuals gain healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act and subsequent...

VA Leader Promises Patient Care Access, Scheduling Improvements

by Sara Heath

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald is defending the agency once again, restating its commitment to improve patient care access  and timely appointment scheduling for veterans. Following President Obama’s...

New AMA Mapping Tool to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

by Sara Heath

A new geographic mapping tool from the American Medical Association could help providers identify underserved regions, enabling them to boost patient access to healthcare. According to a press release, the mapping tool is an improved version...

How Can Providers Drive Patient Empowerment in Healthcare?

by Sara Heath

Patient empowerment is all too often seen as a characteristic an individual does or does not possess, similar to being funny or not.  Engagement and the ability to take charge of one’s health is a personality trait, many providers...

88% Favor Expanded Use of Nurse Practitioners in VA Facilities

by Sara Heath

Eighty-eight percent of Americans support a new proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing nurse practitioners to practice at the top of their licenses in an effort to expand patient access to care. According to a press...

Do Group Doctor’s Visits Boost Patient Satisfaction, Education?

by Sara Heath

To boost patient-centered care and patient education, it’s the more the merrier, a new study says. A recent article published in the American Journal of Managed Care indicates the benefits of shared medical appointments, saying that they...

How VA Handles Problems Related to Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seemingly always under the microscope regarding a practice issue. Recently, the agency has been under fire for problems in facilitating patient access to healthcare. But what exactly are the care access...

Cancer Moonshot Adds Patient-Centered Programs for Care Access

by Sara Heath

At a summit meeting earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of initiatives within the Cancer Moonshot mission, including two aimed at boosting patient-centered healthcare by supporting patient access to care. According...

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