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Patient Satisfaction of Telehealth Hinges on Convenience, Quality

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Telehealth is a considerable driver of patient satisfaction, meeting patient expectations for convenient care access and care quality, according to new data from Massachusetts General Hospital. In fact, patient approval for telehealth may...

Patient Care Access Efforts Zero in on Opioid Crisis

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Colorado is making strides in improving patient access to opioid treatment, but will require further progress to truly address the opioid crisis, according to a spotlight analysis of the state by Manatt Health in partnership with the...

Medicare Part B Drug Plan Could Raise Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs

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An HHS proposal to shift some Medicare Part B drugs to Medicare Part D may decrease overall drug spending, but it could increase out-of-pocket patient costs, data suggests. The HHS proposal would shift Part B drugs to Part D prescription...

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Housing Program to Address SDOH

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New community health programs from Kaiser Permanente aim to address the homelessness issue that affects the Oakland, California, area as a part of the health system’s efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). In a...

In-Clinic Patient Education Videos Improve Vaccination Rates

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Patient education videos delivered inside the clinic or doctor’s office can help increase the number of patients accessing certain vaccinations or other preventive care services, according to new data from the Regenstrief...

Patient Education About Patient Portals Key for Self-Knowledge

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Patient health literacy and knowledge about their own medical information leaves a lot to be desired, leading to calls for better patient education about patient portal and data access, according to a survey conducted by Kelton Global on...

Patients Satisfied with Apple Health Records, Data Access

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Seventy-eight percent of patients are satisfied with Apple Health Records, the tech giant’s foray into EHR and patient engagement technology, according to data from the University of California San Diego. The data, published in a...

Stanford Children’s Health Plans 2,500 Telehealth Visits for 2019

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Stanford Children’s Health has vowed to double its telehealth appointments in 2019 in an effort to increasing convenient patient care access, according to a health system announcement. Over the past decade, telehealth has emerged as...

Verma: Price Transparency Rule Critical First Step for CMS

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Healthcare organizations may only need to post chargemaster lists online for now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t create their own initiatives to improve price transparency, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a press call...

MA Attorney General Awards $3M for Social Determinants of Health

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Thirteen community health groups will split nearly $3 million in grant funding from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Health. These grants will fund projects across the Commonwealth that aim to address the social...

ONC: After EHR Adoption, Patient Data Access, Exchange Are Key

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Although the US healthcare industry has nearly ubiquitously transitioned to EHRs and other electronic documentation, challenges remain for patient data access, according to the 2018 ONC Annual Report to Congress. The report, presented to...

Out-of-Pocket Insurance Costs Challenge Pre-Medicare Patients

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The out-of-pocket costs of health insurance coverage is daunting for older adults who don’t yet qualify for Medicare, posing insurance and treatment access issues for this population, according to a recent AARP/University of Michigan...

Patient-Centered Care Coordination Key for MA Telehealth Plans

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Although telehealth shows promise for driving more convenient patient care access, supporting that technology with effective care coordination and continuity will be essential to a quality patient experience, according to a recent comments...

AMA Calls to Eliminate Prior Authorization for MAT Patient Access

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Eliminating prior authorization regulations will be essential for expanding patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), asserted American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny,...

Cerner Collaboration to Drive Drug Price Transparency in the EHR

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EHR vendor Cerner and CoverMyMeds, a health IT company that focuses on prior authorizations, have partnered to bring point-of-care price transparency to patient and provider. The partnership will put contextualized drug prices in front of...

National Health Rankings Highlight Health Disparities, SDOH

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New insights about the nation’s health and life expectancy shines a light on the social determinants of health and how those factors impact health disparities and wellness in different communities. While the 2018 America’s...

Provider Communication Drives Patient Trust in Aging Populations

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As the Baby Boomer generation begins to consume healthcare at an increasingly higher volume, medical providers will need to determine strategies for engaging these patients and gaining patient trust. This will be especially important in...

HRSA Loan Repayment Program to Close Opioid Treatment Gaps

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A new program from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) aims to fill opioid treatment access gaps in medically underserved areas. The National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program...

DE Faces PCP Workforce Decline, Patient Care Access Obstacles

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The full-time equivalent (FTE) primary care physician (PCP) workforce in Delaware is down 6 percent since 2013, according to a recent study commissioned by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The report, which...

Price Transparency Rules Take Effect, Slated to Empower Patients

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As of January 1, 2019, hospitals across the country are responsible for full price transparency, a move that will allow patients to make informed decisions about care access. The mandates come as a part of the 2019 inpatient prospective...

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