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  • Geisinger App to Support Patients in Chronic Disease Management

    August 15, 2018 - Geisinger and Merck have joined forces to create new patient- and caregiver-facing apps to support chronic disease management. The two patient engagement apps will help patients manage the logistics of their care, such as scheduling and planning aspects of complex treatment or organizing their medications. These actions should improve medication adherence and care coordination, the two...

  • Creating Community Health, Social Programs to Drive Health Equity

    August 13, 2018 - Healthcare industry leaders have made it part of their mission to drive health equity, giving all patients equal opportunity to achieve wellness. But as many organizations work toward this goal by expanding patient access to care, others say that isn’t enough. Strategies to address the social determinants of health will be key to achieving health equity. Such was the case at...

  • CMS Overhauls ACO Programs, Pushes for Beneficiary Engagement

    August 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a major overhaul of its accountable care organization (ACOs) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) model, aiming to tamp down on spending, drive healthcare transparency, and increase beneficiary engagement in the models. In a post to Health Affairs, CMS Administrator Seema Verma noted the industry’s shift from...

  • CMS Allows Medicare Advantage Plans to Adopt Step Therapy

    August 7, 2018 - CMS has given new authority to Medicare Advantage plans that allows those plans to negotiate lower drug prices. These new policies will specifically allow Medicare Advantage Plans to practice step therapy, which CMS says will create cost cuts that can reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients. The new policy will also allow Medicare Advantage plans to cross-manage across Part B and Part...


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AHRQ Hosts Contest for Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures Apps

The Agency for Healthcare Resources and Quality (AHRQ) has launched the Step Up App Challenge aimed at creating patient engagement technologies that collect patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs). The contest, which offers $250,000 in...

Healthcare Costs Limit Patient Access to Care for DoD Beneficiaries

Patients enrolled in the Department of Defense’s military health plan are facing high healthcare costs, hampering adequate patient access to care and patient satisfaction, according to a recent survey from the Military Officers...

More Urgent Care, Retail Clinics Offer Low-Cost Patient Care Access

Urgent care clinics and retail clinics are on the rise across the state of Massachusetts, offering more convenient patient care access for a low cost, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC). The...

Geisinger App to Support Patients in Chronic Disease Management

Geisinger and Merck have joined forces to create new patient- and caregiver-facing apps to support chronic disease management. The two patient engagement apps will help patients manage the logistics of their care, such as scheduling and...

HHS Awards $125M to Support Community Health Centers, Patient Care

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has awarded $125 million in grant funding to community health centers in an effort to improve patient access to care in high-risk and high-needs areas. These awards come as a part of the...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Primary Care, ACO Success

Could integrating the patient-centered medical home into accountable care organizations be the key to driving care quality and cost savings? According to one new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), it could...

Patients Unprepared for Out-of-Pocket Costs for Long-Term Care

Patients underestimate the financial responsibility associated with beginning long-term care, with many leaving themselves unprepared for the high out-of-pocket costs at long-term care facilities, according to a recent survey from Moll Law...

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