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Executive Order Calls to Aid Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life. The order, titled “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed...

3 Things to Know to Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment

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As more non-profit hospitals gear up for a new year of addressing the social determinants of health, they have begun issuing notices for completing their community health needs assessments (CHNAs). From Illinois to New Jersey, healthcare organizations...

How Communication, Relationships Impact Patient Satisfaction

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The patient-provider relationship built within the office setting may have a bigger impact on patient satisfaction scores than patient-provider communication outside of the office setting, says a new report out of the Regenstrief Institute obtained...

Patients Favor Clinical Benefits During Med, Treatment Decisions

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Patients prefer medications with proven clinical benefits over brand loyalty when making treatment decisions, according to a recent Accenture survey. “Product Launch: The Patient Has Spoken,” surveyed 8,000 patients in the US, UK,...

Assessing the Outcomes, Successes of Community Health Programs

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Community health program leaders need to develop better measures to assess the success and efficacy of projects that address the social determinants of health, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Community health has been...

VA Delivers Positive Patient Experience with End-of-Life Care

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The patient experience for end-of-life care may be better for veterans treated by the VA rather than for patients covered by fee-for-service Medicare, according to a group of researchers from Stanford Medicine. The study, published recently in...

Opioid Use Associated with Higher Patient Satisfaction Scores

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Patients using prescription opioids to manage their pain are 32 percent more likely to report high patient satisfaction scores, according to recent research out of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The association between opioid use and patient...

Hospital Funds $250K in Housing Aid, Social Determinants of Health

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The University of Illinois Hospital has reinvested $250,000 into their Better Health Through Housing program, which helps address the social determinants of health such as housing security. The social determinants of health are external factors...

Patient Health Data Access Top-of-Mind in ONC Draft Framework

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Patient health data access is a top priority in the draft version of the Trust Exchange Framework released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT last week. The Framework establishes a set of guidelines to foster health data...

What are the Pros and Cons of Retail, Urgent Care Clinics?

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Retail and urgent care clinics are an ever-growing segment of the healthcare industry. These alternative treatment sites allow patients to receive care from qualified provider in settings outside of the traditional office or emergency department....

Training Courses Useful for Supporting Patient-Centered EHR Use

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A patient-centered EHR use training course may be effective in improving patient-provider relationships in the digital health age, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The EHR has become a mainstay in healthcare,...

Drug Formulary Exclusion Lists Reduce Patient Access to Treatment

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Drug formulary exclusion lists are getting longer, making it more difficult for patients to access the medications and treatments they may need to manage their illnesses, according to a recent study from the Doctor-Patient Rights Partnership...

High Out-of-Pocket Costs Keeping Cancer Patients from Treatment

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High out-of-pocket costs and patient financial responsibility are keeping cancer patients from filling potentially life-saving prescriptions, according to a group of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania....

Exploring Open Access Scheduling in Patient Access to Care

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The elusive same-day appointment is top-of-mind for healthcare organizations who are looking to increase convenience and patient access to care. Using open access scheduling processes, facilities and clinics can ensure most, if not all, patients...

Can Hospital Patient Portal Use Boost Inpatient Outcomes Measures?

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Patient portals might be better suited for chronic disease management and preventive measures, but that doesn’t mean the healthcare industry should ignore the tool’s potential for inpatient use, according to a group of researchers....

Using Patient Education to Enhance ICU Patient Experience

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The ICU is a scary place for patients and their family caregivers. Patients are a mess of wires and medications, facing what is often a life-threatening condition. Providers are working to treat patients to save their lives in a way that will...

Understanding Physician Shortage Issues, Patient Care Access

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Patients often face several barriers that hinder patient care access, ranging from ability to pay for the care encounter to obtaining transportation to the doctor’s office. But now a new barrier is emerging and will likely hinder patients...

Simpler Medical Language Key for Patient Portal Lab Result Notes

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Systems to simplify medical language in patient portal lab result notes need an overhaul, concluded a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. These systems, known as natural language processing (NLP), can be effective in...

How Can Health Orgs Address the Social Determinants of Health?

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The social determinants of health are an increasingly important concept in value-based healthcare. Defined as the external factors that affect patient health, the social determinants of health can influence whether a patient develops a chronic...

Hospital, OCR Enter Deal to Aid Patient-Provider Communication

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The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) has entered into an agreement with various federal agencies to improve patient-provider communication for patients who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deafness and hearing impairment are key social...

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