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CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Meeting for Patient Health Data Access

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CMS will be hosting a Blue Button 2.0 developer conference slated to connect different health IT developers under the common cause of improving patient health data access, according to an agency announcement sent via email. The conference is...

Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

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Humana and Walgreens have announced a partnership to bring pharmacy, primary care, and health plan wellness services under the same roof, ideally improving patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program will be a part of Humana’s...

Health Consumers Focus on Patient Wellness, Value-Based Care Access

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Patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their own health, focusing on elements of overall patient wellness and mental health, according to a recent survey from Aetna. The Health Ambitions study, which included a survey of 1,000...

Real-Time Patient Experience Surveys Key for Practice Improvement

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Point-of-care patient experience surveying tools might be the answer to many patient experience officers’ needs, although the technology currently has limited adoption, according to a new Chilmark Insight Report. Healthcare organizations...

How APRN, PA Scope of Practice Changes Boost Patient Care Access

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Overhauls to scope of practice (SOP) laws for advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) could improve practice efficiency and increase patient care access, according to a recent report from the Brookings Institute’s...

Do Wellness Programs Create Healthy Behavior Change in Patients?

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As a part of the medical industry’s overall shift toward more value-based care, healthcare professionals are focusing on driving patient wellness. For payers, this means implementing wellness programs to promote healthy behavior change...

How Health Orgs Prepare for Senior Patients, Chronic Care Management

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Healthcare organizations are stepping up to the plate when it comes to older adult care and chronic care management, according to a recent report from BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation. The report, which was informed by an...

VA Patient Appointment Schedule Tool Receives GAO Approval

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The VA’s patient appointment scheduling system meets all of the standards outlined in the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The analysis reviewed a pilot project...

How Digital Patient Outreach Tools Boost Preventive Care Visits

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For Dana Wolf, a quality programs lead at a South Carolina pediatric clinic, adopting text message-based patient outreach tools was like setting a slow cooker. Wolf and her team could onboard patients into the outreach system and, like clockwork,...

Health Payers See High Patient Satisfaction Despite Cost Concerns

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Despite high patient satisfaction with health payers, most healthcare consumers associate high healthcare costs with the insurance market, according to a recent survey from Survata on behalf of HealthEdge. The survey of nearly 2,500 patients...

FDA Recommits to Patient-Centered Care, Patient Access to Care

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The FDA is continuing its efforts for patient-centered care, releasing two separate statements focused on incorporating patient voice into medical product development and improving patient access to affordable drugs. The first statement outlined...

CMS Hits Pause on Patient Satisfaction Star Ratings Updates

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CMS has announced it will delay updates to the patient satisfaction and Hospital Quality Star Ratings updates, which were slated to go live on the Hospital Compare website come July. This is the second time in recent months that the agency has...

Patient Rounding Tech Gains Popularity, Boosts Patient Satisfaction

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Patient rounding tools are on the rise, as healthcare organizations go digital while looking for strategies to streamline hospital management and improve patient satisfaction, according to a recent KLAS report. Patient rounding calls on providers...

HUD Addresses Housing Quality, Social Determinants of Health

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reached an agreement with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that aims to make housing and living conditions healthier for residents, addressing a key social determinant of health....

VA Choice Program Needs Reworking Ahead of MISSION Act Revamp

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The process by which the VA refers patients to the Veterans Choice Program is complicated and creates more delays in patient access to care for the VA’s patient population, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office...

CMS Issues Guidance on Patient Access to Care for Opioid Misuse

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New CMS guidance for combating the opioid crisis calls for state Medicaid agencies to improve patient access to care and patient engagement with certain opioid misuse treatment protocol. Specifically, CMS released a special bulletin that offers...

Understanding Patient Relationship Codes in MACRA, QPP

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In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced optional reporting for patient relationship codes that would define the purposes for which a clinician treated a patient. Healthcare professionals should opt into...

Exploring the Next Steps in Patient Data Access, Patient Health IT

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Healthcare technology continues to loom large as a key part of the present-day healthcare puzzle. But as medical professionals employ EHRs and other tools to ideally make their jobs easier, the question of supporting patient data access has become...

Hospital Patient Safety Efforts Reduce Hospital Conditions by 8%

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Patient safety is improving nationwide, as hospital-acquired condition rates go down by 8 percent between 2014 and 2016, according to the latest numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Between 2014 and 2016, hospitals...

President Signs VA Mission Act Into Law, Extends VA Choice Program

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President Trump has signed the VA Mission Act into law, cementing the agency’s plans to overhaul the Veterans Choice Program and other community health programs across the country. The $5.2 billion legislation is part of the Administration’s...

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