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Patient Access to Care, Preventive Care Key for Opioid Crisis

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Improving preventive care, increasing patient access to care, and addressing societal stigma will be the linchpins in addressing the opioid crisis that ravages the nation, according to a new report from the Surgeon General. The report,...

How Community Care Coordination Drove Down Avoidable ED Visits

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The healthcare industry is grappling with issues tied to avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, a costly trend that serves as an important indicator of lacking care management. In Milwaukee, a community organization is working to...

Three Keys to Implementing Successful Patient Engagement Strategies

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This is the second of a three-part series centered on the steps required to make a patient engagement initiative successful. The first article, Three Steps to Jumpstart Effective Patient Engagement Initiatives, focused on jumpstarting an...

NIH Funds Center for Chronic Disease Management Research

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a research facility targeted at supporting patient engagement in chronic disease management. The Promoting...

Health Pros Nudge Senate Toward Care Quality, Price Transparency

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Healthcare policymakers are hearing from industry leaders about how they can support better care quality and price transparency tools aimed at helping patients make informed decisions about their care. At a hearing of the Senate Committee...

How Can Health Pros Measure Rural Patient Access to Care?

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A new report from the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership underscores the importance of quality measures targeted specifically at rural health and patient access to care. The report focuses on the matters that are most...

How to Integrate Health Coach Strategies into the Clinical Space

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With the healthcare industry embracing value-based care models, it will be important for providers to push for overall patient wellness. To that end, providers must help their patients adopt new healthy behaviors, a goal that is largely...

Health Payer Coverage Access Cuts Patient Financial Strains

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Patient access to comprehensive health payer coverage has reduced patients’ financial strains, according to new research from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. As patients gain access to...

Could Patient-Provider Relationships Reduce Provider Burnout?

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Focusing on patient-provider relationships and strategies to address the social determinants of health could help reduce provider burnout, but current care models do not always allow for that, according to the Physicians Foundation’s...

Payers, Purchasers Must Guarantee Mental Health Access Parity

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When compared to access opportunities for physical health treatment, mental health access leaves something to be desired, according to a recent report from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Healthcare payers and...

NPs, PAs Could Reduce Primary Care Physician Shortage Nearly 70%

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The healthcare industry is facing a primary care physician shortage that threatens patient access to care in coming years. Leaning on non-physician clinicians such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could reduce...

Building Healthcare Partnerships to Drive Beneficiary Engagement

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When it comes to beneficiary engagement, healthcare payers cannot go it alone. Strong healthcare partnerships with plan members, community stakeholders, and providers help payers understand the best avenues for member outreach. This much...

Patients Say US Drug Prices “Unreasonable,” Need Gov’t Attention

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Seventy-seven percent of patients believe US drug prices are “unreasonable,” but most don’t approve of current government solutions to combat high drug costs, according to a recent survey conducted by NORC at the...

CMS Announces Patient Navigator Funding, Enrollment Changes

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CMS has announced the recipients of $10 million grant funding for patient navigator programs, considerably slashing the resources states will have to connect patients with comprehensive health insurance. The patient navigator program was...

Low Health Literacy Costly for Payers, Health Plan Simplification Needed

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Low patient health literacy costs US healthcare payers nearly $4.8 billion in administrative costs each year, suggesting a need for health plan simplification, according to a new report from Accenture. While it is important for healthcare...

Medication Management Improvements Key for Medication Adherence

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Although the healthcare industry is on the right track, more must be done to improve medication management to drive higher patient medication adherence and patient safety, according to a survey from the Association of Medical Directors of...

Revamping Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medicare Advantage Plans

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Using patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data could be a better measure for risk adjustment payments for Medicare Advantage plans, but better strategies for collecting PRO data must first be developed, according to a recent report from the...

Experts State 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Harms Patient Care Access

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More healthcare industry leaders are expressing concerns over provisions included in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule, specifically stating that statutes to reduce reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services could...

Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care to Achieve Zero Suicide

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A Zero Suicide Initiative at the Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has underscored the importance of holistic, team-based care. Through integrated mental health and primary care, the health system has leaned on system-wide care...

67% of Patients Worry About Surprise Medical Bills, Healthcare Costs

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Unexpected medical bills are the biggest healthcare and financial concern on patients’ minds, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey, which included responses from nearly 1,200 adult patients, found...

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