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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...

Inaccurate VA Wait Time Data Creates Healthcare Access Issues

by Sara Heath

A recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General shows that appointment wait times at the VA are longer than the agency is reporting. According to the brief, these inaccuracies are keeping patients from accessing Veterans Choice, a program...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

by Sara Heath

Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

Patient Knowledge Impacts Use of Urgent Care, ED Services

by Sara Heath

Patients need more education to help them determine whether to access care in urgent care centers or the emergency department, according to a survey by New York City-based urgent care provider CityMD. Urgent care centers have come to the forefront...

How Health Payer Communication Boosts Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Patient care access and preventive treatment are hallmarks of meaningful patient engagement. However, due to insufficient health payer communications with other stakeholders, patients are often left in the dark about whether or not their payers...

Senators Urge Sec. Price to Improve Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

On the tails of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s confirmation, a group of senators have sent him a letter urging him to advocate for better patient care access in rural areas. The group of 41 senators, led by Roger Wicker (R-Miss), Jon Tester...

Merck Leads Alliance for Patient-Centered Cancer Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Merck Foundation has selected six health systems to form the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care, issuing a total of $15 million in grants over five years to improve patient access to cancer care in underserved populations. According...

MD Bill Aims to Restrict Drug Pricing Changes, Access Barriers

by Sara Heath

A Maryland bill could help patients receive uninterrupted access to critical treatments, regardless of changes in their health payer plans by preventing payers from making unreasonable changes to drug prices and medication access. The Continuity...

Lyft Partnership to Expand Transportation for Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

LogistiCare, a service for coordinating transportation to non-emergency medical appointments, has partnered with Lyft to help patients access healthcare in an easier and more timely manner. Through this partnership, LogistiCare will leverage...

OIG: VA Still Struggles with Third-Party Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to bolster its third-party patient care access to help reduce its appointment wait times, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. OIG’s report, which it conducted in response...

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...

Bill Targets Patient Access to Pharmacy Care in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

Pharmacy trade groups are praising the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (HR-592), which aims to improve patient access to pharmacy care by recognizing pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B. The bill, originally...

Low-Income Patients Cite Financial, Cultural Barriers to Care

by Sara Heath

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...

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....

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