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HHS Grants Fund Patient Access to Care for Opioid Use Disorder

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has allocated $487 million in grant funding to allow states to increase patient access to care and treatment for opioid use disorder. These funds come as a part of the State Opioid...

Online Reputation, Provider Reviews Tied to Hospital Revenue

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A good online reputation filled with positive online provider reviews could result in a healthier revenue stream, according to a recent report from Reputation.com. The report, which analyzed online reviews for 4,800 hospitals across the...

How Food Insurance Plans Can Address Social Determinants of Health

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New research highlights the cost efficiency of Medicare and Medicaid coverage for healthy food plans, demonstrating the effectiveness of programs that address the social determinants of health. The researchers, hailing from the Friedman...

Industry Players Spar Over Path to Address Surprise Medical Bills

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Hospitals are at odds with payer and healthcare business groups about how to address surprise medical bills, with both cohorts issuing statements on the matter. On March 18, payer industry leaders sent a letter to Congress outlining key...

How to Build Stronger Patient Relationships, Avoid Clinician Burnout

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When clinicians build strong patient relationships, it inevitably results in better patient satisfaction and care experiences. And strong patient-provider relationships aren’t just for the patient’s benefit. Clinicians also...

Advance Care Planning Improves Quality of Life, Reduces Anxiety

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Early interventions and patient-centered advance care planning communication can improve patient-reported outcomes and quality of life for individuals with a serious illness, according to researchers from Dana Farber Cancer...

Patients Say EHR Use Improves Care Quality, Provider Communication

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Patients say the EHR improves their care quality and patient-provider communications, but concerns about security and data accuracy remain, according to a data note from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The note, which included survey...

Using Quality Measures to Address Medication Adherence, Access

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A clinical quality framework may be an effective path forward for understanding and improving medication access for patients, according to a new report from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. The report, which also outlined the key social,...

How Healthcare Organizations Drive Homeless Patient Care Access

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As healthcare organizations continue to drive strong population health management, they must work to meet the medical and social needs of their homeless populations. In doing so, they can help improve patient care access for patients...

Provider Communication Key for Appointment Agenda-Setting Tools

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Health IT may be effective for eliciting patient preferences and giving patients a voice in appointment agenda-setting, but only so long as providers then use that information during the visit, concluded a study published in the Annals of...

Patient Satisfaction Varies by Chronic Disease, Perceived Outcomes

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Patient satisfaction in chronic disease management depends on the condition a patient has and patient perceptions about outcomes, according to a new survey from Health Union. Overall, 65 percent of all patients are satisfied with their...

Payers Slow to Update Prior Authorization, Limit Patient Care Access

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Healthcare payers are slow to adopt best practices to streamline the prior authorization process, putting at risk timely patient care access and adding administrative burden to providers, according to a recent American Medical Association...

UnitedHealth Requires Drug Rebates to Cut Patient Drug Spending

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UnitedHealth Group and its pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) offshoot OptumRx will be expanding a year-old program set to deliver point-of-care drug rebates and discounts for patients, ideally cutting drug spending for consumers. The...

Behavioral Health, Burnout, mHealth Use Top Patient Safety Issues

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Integrating behavioral and physical healthcare access, addressing physician burnout, and creating safe mHealth patient engagement tools are among the top patient safety issues of 2019, according to the latest rankings from the ECRI...

Out-of-Network Docs Charge More in ED, Spur Surprise Medical Bills

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Surprise medical bills and charges from out-of-network physicians total to nearly $6 billion annually, putting a significant strain on patient finances and out-of-pocket medical spending, according to a recent report from UnitedHealth...

What are Patient Preferences for Technology, Provider Communication?

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As health IT revolutionizes patient-provider communication, it will be essential for providers to be judicious about the context in which they use that technology and aware of patient preferences for communication. Empathy is a key...

Kaiser Pairs with Data Analytics Team to Address Housing, SDOH

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Kaiser Permanente will continue its work to mitigate housing security and the social determinants of health (SDOH) through a strategic partnership with Community Solutions, a data analytics company that aids housing support programs in...

How Bedside Tablets, Health IT Drive Patient Experience, Education

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When BJC HealthCare embarked on its Campus Renewal project, they knew health IT was going to be the cornerstone. But as the health system felt the pressures to drive patient-centered care, they knew they also needed to build their health...

mHealth App Helps Patient, Family Caregiver Education Post-Op

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A postoperative patient education mHealth tool has been helpful for family caregivers looking after pediatric patients who have recently had their tonsils removed, according to a group of researchers from the University of Michigan. The...

Bill Targets Commercial Drug Rebates, Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs

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Proposed legislation would rework the rebates system for prescription drugs in the commercial health payer space, prohibiting rebates being passed from drug manufacturers to pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs). Instead, rebates savings...

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