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Industry Groups Call on Protections from Surprise Medical Bills

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The healthcare industry must adhere to a set of core standards to protect patients from surprise medical bills, said a group of industry leaders in a new position statement. The statement was issued by America’s Health Insurance...

Patient Care Access Key as Patients Report Pre-Existing Conditions

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More than one in four Americans have a pre-existing condition that would impact patient access to health payer coverage, according to a recent Gallup poll. These results shed more light on the national debate about pre-existing conditions...

Payer Program Addresses Loneliness as Social Determinant of Health

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Cigna is joining the fight against patient loneliness, a key social determinant of health, by offering a patient-facing survey and personalized health improvement recommendations on its website. Using a 10-question version of the UCLA...

As Health IT Evolves, Patient-Provider Trust Remains Essential

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When the stethoscope was invented in 1816, it was a revolutionary change in medicine. What was once an extremely detailed and intimate conversation between patient and provider suddenly had a new instrument separating them. But although...

Low Patient Portal Use Sparks Calls for Patient Tech Education

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Despite strong incentives and provider attempts to the contrary, few patients are actually using the patient portal, according to new data from researchers at the University of Michigan. Patient portals, which rose in popularity after...

AHIMA, AMIA: HIPAA Overhaul Needed for Patient Data Access

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Updates to HIPAA, the decades old statute that regulates the flow of patient health information, could enable better patient data access and engaged use of that data, according to the American Health Information Management Association...

Promoting Patient Choice, Consumer-Centered Care HHS Priorities

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Improving patient choice, cutting healthcare costs, and supporting consumer-centered care design are key action areas for the Department of Health & Human Services, the agency said in a recent report. The report, “Reforming...

AHA, AAMC Lawsuit Targets HHS Site-Neutral Payments, Patient Access

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration advocating against the site-neutral payment rule included in the 2019 Outpatient...

Using Patient-Provider Communication for Antibiotic Stewardship

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As the healthcare industry continues to explore the meaning of quality in healthcare, an examination of antibiotic stewardship may come to the forefront. But as antibiotic prescriptions are shown to correlate with patient satisfaction,...

Confronting Indirect Patient Healthcare Cost Hurdles, SDOH

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Patients face numerous indirect healthcare cost hurdles that impact their ability to access treatment, according to a recent guidance from America’s Essential Hospitals. The guidance, which comes as a part of an entire library of...

Low-Cost Health Plans Come with High Deductibles, Patient Spending

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Low-income patients can access a health plan with little to no out-of-pocket cost on the ACA health insurance markets, but these plans come with a catch, according to new data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. These subsidized health...

4 Core Principles of Patient-Centered Care, Family Engagement

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Treating patients with respect and incorporating them in all aspects of the healthcare industry will help foster a culture of patient- and family-centered care, according to a position paper published by the American College of...

How ACO Patient Outreach Technology Supports Preventive Care

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For Triad HealthCare Network, a North Carolina-based Next Generation accountable care organization (ACO), patient outreach is only a phone call away. Since its inception in 2012, the ACO has set its sights on better patient activation,...

Part D Drug Price Proposal Could Limit Patient Access to Care

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Utilization management strategies such as formulary tiers and copayments serve as significant barriers to Medicare Part D drugs for many patients managing serious illness, according to a new report conducted by Avalere Health on behalf of...

Health Payer Preventive Care, ED Denials Hamper Patient Care Access

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Health payers are denying coverage for preventive care screenings and emergency department (ED) care at a high rate, according to patient advocacy group Doctor-Patient Rights Project (DPRP). In doing so, payers are hindering patient care...

Hiring Overhaul at DoD Health Could Improve Patient Access to Care

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There are insufficient clinician hiring practices at Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare facilities, limiting patient access to care, according to a recent GAO report. Currently, DoD employs over 241,000 individuals, including active...

CMS Drug Price Proposal Aims to Cut Out-of-Pocket Patient Spending

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CMS has proposed a new drug price model for Medicare Parts C and D that will ideally reduce out-of-pocket patient spending. The policies, which if approved would go into effect in 2020, would impact Medicare Advantage and Medicare Parts C...

How Payers Use Data Analytics for Personalized Member Experience

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As the health payer industry has continued its focus on improving patient engagement and member experience, experts have observed a need for more personalized and simplified medicine. And for Firdaus Bhathena, Chief Digital Officer at...

45 Minutes of Patient Education Boosts Chronic Disease Management

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A health literacy program that required second-year medical students to spend an additional 45 minutes delivering patient education helped improve chronic disease management and health outcomes, a study published in the Journal of the...

Can Medical Crowdfunding Address Patient Financial Responsibility?

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As patient financial responsibility continues to grow, healthcare consumers are looking for ways to pay for their medical bills. In that pursuit, medical crowdfunding has emerged. Medical crowdfunding is the practice of collecting...

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