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Pending Bills May Drive Care Access in Underserved Regions

April 28, 2017 - 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 to foreign clinicians to practice in federally-designated medically-underserved regions. The program, originally slated to expire on April 28,...


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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...

4 Patient Education Strategies that Drive Patient Activation

by Sara Heath

As meaningful patient engagement continues to be a core priority for healthcare professionals, clinicians need a thorough understanding of patient education strategies. Ensuring patients are knowledgeable about their healthcare is the surest...

Is Sitting the New Patient Communication Strategy for Nurses?

by Sara Heath

Nurses can add an easy-to-implement patient communication strategy to their tool belts, according to a recent study. Research published in the Patient Experience Journal shows that nurses who sit down when communicating with patients yield higher...

Lifelong Healthcare Planning Must Trump Advance Care Planning

by Sara Heath

Medicare began reimbursing clinicians in January 2016 for delivering advance care planning services that identified patient end-of-life healthcare needs and preferences. Reimbursement rates reached as high as $86 per half hour session, highlighting...

6 Steps to Improving the Patient, Family Engagement Process

by Sara Heath

As patient and family engagement continue to be key measures of quality care and a humanistic imperative for clinicians, most practices will need to undergo a practice culture shift. Healthcare professionals detail the importance of driving culture...

Navy Value-Based Pilot Improves Patient Satisfaction, Outcomes

by Sara Heath

A value-based care strategy from the Navy Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) has proven effective in improving patient satisfaction, outcomes, and care coordination, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. The...

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...

Low Medication Adherence Negates Medicare Cost-Sharing Savings

by Sara Heath

Although cost-sharing saves Medicare money on pharmaceutical expenses, these savings are likely negated by low medication adherence and eventual health complications, found a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. High chronic...

Long-Term Care Plans, Engagement Improve Cancer Survivorship

by Sara Heath

Breast cancer survivors who receive written long-term care and engagement plans, and meet individually with self-care coaches experience better clinical outcomes, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. With...

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...

Using Shared Decision-Making to Spark Quality Patient Care

by Sara Heath

Shared decision-making in healthcare is an effective strategy for incorporating patient preferences into treatment plans. Taking the time to educate patients about their conditions and treatment options, and then prompting them to contextualize...

Patient Portal Benefits in Pediatric Care Must Fuel Parent Use

by Sara Heath

The perceived effectiveness of patient portals in driving parent caregiver engagement in pediatrics is currently limited, presenting more opportunities for healthcare organizations to refine and streamline their patient portal adoption strategies,...

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...

Patient-Provider Communication Key to Wellness Improvement

by Sara Heath

Patients and clinicians often perceive patient wellness differently, highlighting a need for clear patient-provider communication about patient wellness efforts, found a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine....

Industry Groups Partner for Healthcare Shared Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) have partnered for a program geared toward driving shared decision-making in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Along with efforts from Pfizer, the...

PCORI Works to Drive Patient-Centered Health Research Design

by Sara Heath

Although health research is key to driving medical advancements, it’s not always accessible or relevant to patients who need this information to make better care decisions. At the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a call for...

Patient EHR Note Input Boosts Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

Allowing patients to collaborate on EHR notes to set appointment agendas can improve patient-provider communication, shows a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Patients setting the appointment agenda has long been hailed as an...

Family Caregiver Engagement Cuts Hospital Readmissions by 25%

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations that practice meaningful family caregiver engagement and integrate caregivers into the patient discharge process can reduce hospital readmissions by one-quarter, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh...

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...

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