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Patient Access to Care

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...

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...

Top 3 Factors Driving Patient-Centered Healthcare Initiatives

by Sara Heath

When it comes to patient-centered healthcare and shifting away from reactionary medicine, providers and patients need to keep three key factors in mind: patient access to healthcare, care coordination, and patient technology adoption. A recent...

Senate Bill Seeks to Improve Patient Access to Care at IHS, VA

by Sara Heath

A new Senate bill, the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act, could help improve patient access to care through a collaboration between the Indian Health Services (IHS) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Often, tribal veterans who...

Senate Bill Boosts Patient Access to Care in Rural Regions

by Sara Heath

The Senate has passed South Dakota Senator John Thune’s Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015, which will now make its way toward the President’s desk. The bill, which Thune expects the President will sign, will help promote...

AMA: Physicians Must Lead VA Teams for Quality, Care Access

by Sara Heath

Physicians must remain at the head of patient care teams in order to maintain the quality of services available to patients within the Department of Veterans Affairs, says the American Medical Association (AMA) in a public statement. In response...

VA Works to Boost Patient Access to Healthcare Amidst Turmoil

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has proposed changing their healthcare provider standards to allow advanced practice registered nurses permission to practice at the top of their licenses, ideally improving patient access to healthcare...

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...

HHS Funds Facility Expansion to Boost Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a total of $260 million worth of funding toward the renovation of various primary care facilities, helping to improve care quality and patient access to care, according to a press...

GAO Reports Find Patient Access to Care Issues at IHS, DOD

by Sara Heath

The Indian Health System (IHS) is not keeping up to standards with regard to patient access to care, a new report from the Government Accountability Office stated. The GAO investigation found that wait times for primary care at IHS facilities...

Easier Appointment Scheduling Can Boost Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Developing strong patient engagement strategies is critical for any provider, particularly in this value-based healthcare world, but facilitating actual access to care may be an equally critical hurdle. According to Irene Vergules, a medical...

Reviewing Medicaid’s Role in Boosting Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have made great strides in increasing patient access to care over the course of the past ten years, according to a recent blog post from the Centers for Medicare &...

New VA Program Boosts Patient Access to Care, Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is improving patient access to care, primary care delivery, and customer service through its care transformation program, MyVA. Earlier this week, VA’s Secretary Robert A. McDonald detailed the path...

Pharmaceutical Groups Target Patient-Centered Services

by Sara Heath

Pharmaceutical companies are boosting their investments in patient-centered services, with 85 percent of patient services executives reporting a boost in capital investment over the next 18 months, says a recent Accenture survey. The survey,...

VA Boosts Patient Access to Care, Engagement Strategies

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) is boosting veteran’s access to care by improving its patient engagement strategies, according to David J. Shulkin, MD, VA’s undersecretary for health. During the Association for Healthcare...

How Hospital Environments Affect Patient Satisfaction Levels

by Sara Heath

Hospitals should take a three-pronged approach to improve patient satisfaction and patient experience, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a new publication, Improving the Patient Experience through the Healthcare Physical...

Seniors Turn to mHealth, Health IT to Enhance Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Patients aged 65 and older want to be more involved and empowered in their own healthcare, a recent Welltok survey shows. The Senior Health and Technology Survey, which was conducted via Harris Poll last September, shows that most older adults...

How Telemedicine Brings New Meaning to Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Telemedicine, one of the healthcare industry’s most creative and innovative technological advances, has introduced an entirely new layer to patient engagement. By providing healthcare via video conference on a smartphone or a computer,...

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