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Patient Knowledge Impacts Use of Urgent Care, ED Services

February 28, 2017 - 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 in recent years as viable alternatives to emergency departments for certain healthcare episodes. According to the American Academy of Urgent Care...


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Patient Activation Levels Drive Health Coaching in Chronic Care

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New research in the American Journal of Managed Care calls for payer-sponsored care management programs to improve chronic care management by including individualized health coaching elements. Health payers have a financial impetus to improve...

Senators Urge Sec. Price to Improve Rural Patient Care Access

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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...

Targeted Patient Engagement Efforts Key for Teen Cancer Care

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Cancer survivors need high levels of patient engagement and education in order to continue to manage their care, mitigate any lingering treatment effects, and prevent relapse. However, patient engagement often falls short for adolescent and young...

Merck Leads Alliance for Patient-Centered Cancer Care Access

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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...

Patient Education Reduces Costs, Boosts Asthma Outcomes

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Community-based patient education programs can help improve asthma management, resulting in better patient knowledge of their condition, lower healthcare utilization, and lower overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study published in...

MD Bill Aims to Restrict Drug Pricing Changes, Access Barriers

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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...

Patients Want More Access to Telehealth, mHealth Treatment

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The pressure is on for providers and health payers to increase access to digital and telehealth tools as patients demand more technology use, says a recent Accenture survey. In the survey of 1,500 adult respondents, 78 percent said they are interested...

Shared Decision-Making Reduces Cardiac Admissions from the ED

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Shared decision-making tools can cut cardiac admissions in the emergency department by empowering patients and clinicians to make more informed choices about their care, according to research published in the British Medical Journal and discussed...

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

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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...

Patient Care Navigators Increase Care Quality, Decrease Costs

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Non-clinical laypeople make effective patient care navigators, offering a low-cost solution for offering care coordination services to aging cancer patients trying to access quality treatment, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology....

How Prior Authorization Affects Timely Patient Treatment Access

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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...

Payer Patient Engagement Key for Chronic Disease Management

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Despite the fact that one out of two Americans is managing a chronic disease, only half say they are getting enough support from their health payers to help them stay engaged in their health, according to a recent HealthMine survey. HealthMine’s...

Low-Income Patients Cite Financial, Cultural Barriers to Care

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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...

Practical Patient-Centered Care Strategies Key for ACO Success

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As the healthcare industry continues to embrace value-based reimbursement models, accountable care organizations need a strong grip on practical patient-centered care strategies in order to remain competitive, according to a viewpoint published...

How Patient Education Tools Improve Chronic Disease Management

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Empowering and engaging patient education tools are at the core of any meaningful chronic disease management program that succeeds in encouraging individuals to take the actions necessary to achieve their healthcare goals. At Centura Health,...

VA Extends Practice Authority to NPs, Expanding Vet Care Access

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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