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Industry Orgs Question CMS Proposals for QPP, Value-Based Care

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As industry organizations begin their in-depth analyses of the recent CMS proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, several have issued preliminary responses saying the rule could hinder provider payments and...

Patients Support Efforts to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs for Seniors

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Patients largely support legislative measures that would stabilize the Medicare Part D program, stating that such measures could reduce rising patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket drug costs, according to a Morning Consult poll...

CMS Medicare Proposal to Boost Patient-Provider Relationships

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CMS has proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that aim to reduce administrative burden, improve patient-provider relationships, and drive overall better healthcare quality at a lower cost. Specifically,...

What Do Patients, Consumers Want in Digital Health Tools?

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As patients continue to assume the role of healthcare consumer, healthcare providers and payers are beginning to leverage healthcare technology that helps connect patients to their care. Those innovations, when utilized correctly, help drive...

UnitedHealthcare Invests Millions in Social Determinants of Health

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UnitedHealthcare has awarded multimillion-dollar grants to community health organizations to help address the social determinants of health in Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, the health plan has announced. These grants will...

UNMC Grant to Support Nurse Education, Patient Care Management

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the US Healthcare Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to help support the role of nurses in patient care management. Specifically, the...

What Are the Top Patient Engagement Measures in Value-Based Care?

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With more providers turning to patient engagement to drive success in their value-based care models, they are working to tie those initiatives to actionable results. To meet that need, providers are tapping a variety of patient engagement measures....

FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

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Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a statement...

Driving Health Equity in Value-Based Care Payment Models

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Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service payments to value-based payment models is an important step toward higher-quality healthcare and more judicious healthcare spending. However, emerging payment models must take into account the social...

Cerner Unveils Patient-Centered Tool to Support Value-Based Care

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A new healthcare technology from EHR vendor Cerner Corporation and health plan Lumeris aims to support patients and providers in value-based care models by driving patient-centered care and removing administrative burden, the two companies announced....

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

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With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical professionals...

Cleveland Clinic Taps Apple Health Records for Patient Portal Data

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The Cleveland Clinic has joined the ranks of hospitals and health systems across the country to make patient portal data available via the Apple Health Records app. The move will improve patient access to health data, a key ingredient in patient...

CMS Proposal Adds Remote Patient Monitoring in Home Health Payments

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CMS has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System that would incentivize home health providers to utilize remote patient monitoring devices and improve patient-centered care. In an announcement earlier this week, the agency...

Intermountain Alliance to Address Social Determinants of Health

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Intermountain Healthcare plans to invest $12 million in programs to coordinate community care services that address the social determinants of health in two Utah cities, the organization recently announced. These funds will bolster the Utah Alliance...

VA Partnership to Drive Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Veteran & First Responder Healthcare (VFR Healthcare) to improve patient access to mental healthcare. This comes as a part of the organizations’ efforts to address rising veteran...

Top Challenges Impacting Patient Access to Healthcare

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Patient access to healthcare sets the baseline for all patient encounters with the healthcare industry. When a patient cannot access her clinician, it is impossible to receive medical care, build relationships with her providers, and achieve...

VA Deploys Text Message Appointment Reminders for Patient Outreach

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is trying its hand at text message appointment reminders in an effort to improve patient access to care and appointment attendance, according to a department blog post. The system, called VEText, aims to...

How Health Coaches Drive Patient Healthy Behavior Change

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Overall patient wellness and promoting healthy behavior change in healthcare consumers has become a key concern for not only clinicians, but for healthcare payers as well. As more payer organizations work to improve patient engagement with healthy...

Patient Engagement Technology Comes to Forefront in Healthcare

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The healthcare market is ripe for an insurgence of patient engagement technologies that help connect patients to their healthcare, according to a recent market report from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The report, which outlines some...

60% of Orgs Use Tools to Monitor Patient Wait Times, Appointments

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Most healthcare organizations are using wait lists to keep track of growing patient wait times, highlighting some effort to understand the issue, according to a recent MGMA Stat Poll. The survey of 1,300 organization leaders found that 61 percent...

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