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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...

Walgreens Partnership Boosted Patient Mental Health Screening

by Sara Heath

A partnership between Walgreens and Mental Health America (MHA) resulted in an increase in patients screening for mental health and taking the steps to manage a mental illness. The partnership, forged last year, included an online platform on...

Using Onboarding Automation to Drive Specialty Care Access

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare market becomes increasingly competitive, many specialty practices are looking for the safest and most streamlined strategy to increase patient volume. For many facilities, that means turning to onboarding automation, ensuring...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

by Sara Heath

The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

AHA Lauds Bill for Patient Access to Rural Emergency Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to rural emergency hospitals has been introduced to Congress, according to multiple sources. The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act would create a new rural emergency hospital classification...

Bill Urges More Patient Access to Physician-Owned Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford introduced a Senate bill to repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) bans on new construction of physician-owned hospitals (POHs). Bill supporters say the bans currently limit patient healthcare access. The Patient Access...

Patients Need Help Receiving Chronic Illness Social Support

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals must educate patients about the importance of social support when facing a chronic illness, according to a report from The Parkinson’s Alliance. The report featured findings from a survey of over 1,400 individuals...

Rural Patients Gain More Telehealth Access in New WA Law

by Sara Heath

A new Washington state law to help expand patient access to telehealth services has earned the praise of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). The law, signed by the state’s governor Jay Inslee, clarifies the definition of “home”...

VA Deal Drives Patient Education on Mental Health Treatment

by Sara Heath

The VA and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFA) have partnered with Walgreens to improve patient education about mental healthcare access, suicide prevention, and opioid abuse. The partnership will support overcoming mental and behavioral...

Understanding Mental Barriers to Patient Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Clinicians looking to improve medication adherence amongst their chronic illness populations should look beyond the external barriers patients face. Clinicians must also be aware of the emotional and behavioral barriers patients face, according...

BCBS, Lyft Forge Deal for Patient Care Access, Transportation

by Sara Heath

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has announced a nationwide partnership with Lyft to support patient care access and fill transportation needs. This is a part of BCBSA’s overall strategy to address the social determinants...

CHLA Health Network Drives Coordinated Pediatric Care Access

by Sara Heath

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) launched the CHLA Health Network, a coalition that aims to improve access to coordinated pediatric healthcare across Southern California. The CHLA Health Network currently includes over 100 clinicians...

AHA: Realign Inpatient, Outpatient Services to Patient Needs

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to better align inpatient and outpatient healthcare services to meet patient needs. The one-page resource highlights the challenges healthcare organizations face in balancing their...

Using Patient-Centeredness to Drive Practice Improvements

by Sara Heath

Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to supporting patient-centeredness. Between appointment scheduling and healthcare access, organizations must ensure processes are simple for all patients, including those who are generally healthy...

Pending Bills May Drive Care Access in Underserved Regions

by Sara Heath

Both houses of Congress have introduced companion bills to extend the Conrad State 30 Waiver program through 2021, according to multiple sources. The Conrad State 30 Waiver program drives care access allows state legislatures to extend visa waivers...

57% of Children Have Access to Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

by Sara Heath

Just over half of children have feasible access to a pediatric trauma care center that meets their unique needs, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Children who have suffered a severe and potentially...

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...

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...

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