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Overcoming Patient Barriers to Chronic Disease Management

Improving adherence to chronic disease management and treatment plans is a critical facet of improving outcomes and keeping costs low. In order to engage patients, communicate efficiently, and help individuals achieve their wellness goals, providers must identify barriers to patient adherence and work collaboratively to overcome those obstacles. Chronic disease is a prevalent and expensive...


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How Hospitals Can Raise Patient Satisfaction, CAHPS Scores

Healthcare organizations with high patient satisfaction and CAHPS scores see a multitude of benefits. High patient satisfaction scores usually result in higher reimbursement payments from CMS, better patient retention rates, and the assurance...

Patient Engagement Strategies for Post-Discharge Follow-Up Care

Follow-up care after the discharge process is an important part of improving patient outcomes. In order to successfully guide patients through their recovery, providers must employ the same patient engagement strategies that have been proven...

Top Strategies for Collecting Patient Financial Responsibility

Patient financial responsibility – or the amount of out-of-pocket healthcare costs patients incur – has been increasing in recent years, presenting a new foil to the patient experience. Providers must both adjust to consumer-centered...

How Do Patient Portals and Personal Health Records Differ?

Patient portals and personal health records (PHRs) have both received considerable praise for their role in increasing patient engagement. However, distinguishing between the two forms of health IT tools can often be difficult, due to nebulous...

Balancing Patient Portal Privacy and Access for Pediatric Care

Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement, with industry professionals touting their ability to better engage the patient and help all participating parties manage patient health. While pediatric and adult patients tend to use the...

What Providers Should Know to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

Patient engagement, consumer satisfaction, and patient access to healthcare are three of the most critical pieces of the value-based care puzzle. As outcomes, satisfaction, and patient loyalty become more important to financial security for healthcare...

How mHealth Technology Supports Patient Engagement Strategies

mHealth is an important tool for improving patient engagement because so much of the technology is already consumer-facing. From fitness trackers and patient portals to smartphone apps and home monitoring equipment, mHealth permeates patients’...

How Will MACRA Impact Patient Engagement, Care Coordination?

In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) with an overwhelming bipartisan majority. The complex piece of legislation has a number of  provisions, each of which affects different areas of the healthcare...

How Patient Engagement Supports Chronic Disease Management

Patient engagement and chronic disease management are both key components in support of the healthcare industry’s shift toward value-based healthcare. Through robust patient support efforts inside and out of the doctor’s office, providers...

How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Engagement

The 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act began a thorough overhaul of the healthcare system. Some states expanded Medicaid, consumers began to buy health insurance on federal and state health insurance exchanges, and healthcare professionals...

The 3 Building Blocks Supporting Patient Engagement Strategies

In the increasingly value-based healthcare industry, patient engagement has become an important buzzword to know. However, the wide-reaching definition of the phrase can often make it difficult to pinpoint. According to the Healthcare Information...

How Patient Health Data Access Drives Patient Engagement

As the healthcare industry continues to focus on improving patient engagement, experts regularly discuss the importance of patient health data access, saying that it’s imperative to boosting patient involvement in care. But thinking about...

Patient Satisfaction and HCAHPS: What It Means for Providers

What is patient satisfaction? Patient satisfaction is the extent to which patients are happy with their healthcare, both inside and outside of the doctor’s office. A measure of care quality, patient satisfaction gives providers insights...

How Patient Portals Improve Patient Engagement

What are patient portals? Patient portals are an online website that is connected to the EHR, centrally focused on patient access to health data. These tools give patients a look into various data points, including lab results, physician ...

Benefits of Software-Defined Networking in Healthcare

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations are rapidly introducing more connected devices into their health IT infrastructures, which calls for increased network visibility and management. Entities currently deal with Wi-Fi connectivity supporting cloud applications,...

The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement

RevCycleIntelligence Medicare and Medicaid are government healthcare programs that help individuals acquire coverage, but similarities between the programs more or less end there. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement structures vary significantly by program and state....

Data Integrity Strategies for Patient Matching, Identification

HealthITAnalytics Patient matching errors are an insidious but all-too-common threat to patient safety in the healthcare setting.  While providers have generally embraced the idea that a patient’s electronic record should follow her from the moment...

Telepsychiatry Opens a New Window into Behavioral Healthcare

mHealthIntelligence Telepsychiatry is one of the fastest-growing platforms in the telemedicine space these days, due in large part to improvements in video-conferencing technology. Mental healthcare is described as the one medical field in which the doctor doesn’t...

EMR v. EHR: Electronic Medical, Health Record Differences

EHRIntelligence The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate. Healthcare organizations and...

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