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

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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

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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...

More Face-to-Face Interaction Is Key to Patient Engagement

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More face time with patients is a top patient engagement strategy, while mHealth tools are not, says a recent survey from the New England Journal of Medicine. The survey, administered between February and March of this year, gleaned insights...

HHS Funds Facility Expansion to Boost Patient Access to Care

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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

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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

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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

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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 &...

Why Patient-Centered Care Coordination Must Start with PCPs

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As value-based reimbursement makes patient-centered care coordination a serious financial advantage, primary care providers must take on a greater role in patient management and preventative care delivery.   Becoming a centralized hub for...

Healthcare Execs Focus on Patient Engagement, Population Health

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Healthcare executives are paying close attention to patient engagement and population health, according to the Advisory Board Company’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey. While the healthcare industry shifts its focus towards value-based and...

Can Cell Phone Patient Engagement Reduce Medication Non-Adherence?

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Older, non-white patients of lower socioeconomic status may be harder to engage with in order to reduce medication non-adherence, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). Researchers...

Are Patients More Satisfied with mHealth Than Their Providers?

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Between mHealth’s ability to connect patients and providers in disparate locations, track patient wellness, and monitor symptoms for chronic illness, mobile apps and devices  are disrupting the way patients stay connected to their...

3 Patient-Centered Steps to Reduce Medication Non-Adherence

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Medication non-adherence is a significant population health issue, with a price tag totaling millions of dollars per year in avoidable costs. When confronting the issue, healthcare professionals don’t just face the challenges of creating...

Retail Clinic, Telehealth Visits Increase by 10% Since 2013

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Retail clinics and telehealth might be the new path toward patient engagement and patient satisfaction, a recent Oliver Wyman survey reveals. The survey, which questioned a total of 2,000 patients, found that alternative care methods, like retail...

3 Effective Patient Engagement Strategies Using mHealth Tools

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If you think that health IT and mHealth are permeating all aspects of healthcare, including patient engagement, you’d be right. As the healthcare industry continues to enter into the technological world, providers are discovering new strategies...

How Better Patient Engagement Can Drive Accountable Care

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When it comes to providing quality accountable care, healthcare organizations need to go beyond the traditional scope of the patient-provider relationship and work to boost patient engagement. According to Mark Wagar, President of Heritage Medical Systems,...

Health IT, Internet of Things Devices Boost Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement and the devices, tools, and communications systems that support it have become some of the most important concepts in the healthcare space. By carefully implementing and directing the use of patient portals, medical devices,...

HIMSS 2016 Developments Boosting Patient Engagement, Satisfaction

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When the health IT industry collided last week at the HIMSS 2016 Conference, patient engagement was a notable theme for many healthcare professionals and technology developers. Between advocating for new technologies that claim to boost patient...

Over Half of Health Pros Use Patient Engagement Technology

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More healthcare professionals are adopting connected health technology to help advance patient engagement efforts, according to HIMSS. In the 2016 HIMSS Connected Health Survey, the organization showed that 52 percent of the 227 IT professionals...

Few mHealth Apps Effective in Promoting Patient Engagement

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When it comes to patient engagement, not all mHealth apps are created equal. In a data brief out of the Commonwealth Fund, a research team led by Karandeep Singh and David Bates, MD, discusses various different mHealth apps aimed toward increasing...

Seniors Turn to mHealth, Health IT to Enhance Patient Engagement

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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...

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