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High Drug Costs Limit Patient Access to Treatment, Medication

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Rising out-of-pocket patient costs are keeping patients from using two common heart medications, hindering patient access to treatment, according to an analysis from the Cleveland Clinic. Published as a letter to the editor in the most recent...

4 Pros and Cons of Digital Patient Health Data Access

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Patient health data access is a generally accepted patient engagement strategy that helps to empower patients through improved health literacy and integration into the care team. Healthcare providers are acting on patient data access, with nearly...

Patient Engagement in Follow-Up Reduces Hospital Readmission

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Incorporating patients into the care experience and offering explicit recovery instructions are important patient engagement strategies that can help healthcare organizations reduce unplanned hospital readmissions, according to a study published...

What are the Top Common Social Determinants of Health?

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The social determinants of health are the factors that affect health outside of the four walls of the hospital. Housing, social services, geographical location, and education are some of the most common social determinants of health. These factors...

Are Cash Incentives Effective in Driving Patient Motivation?

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Cash incentives as little as $25 can be effective in increasing patient motivation and encouraging patients to visit a primary care provider, according to one new study. The report, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs, explored...

Engagement Strategies for the Patient-Centered Medical Home

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The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been around for decades, making its mark on primary care across the country. However, as healthcare has begun to embrace value-based care and quality improvement, the PCMH has become a popular and...

Doc Biases Hinder Patient-Provider Communication, Outcomes

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Physician biases and disrespectful patient-provider communications have been linked to tangible, negative clinical outcomes, according to new research. Presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA),...

How to Effectively Use the CMS Hospital Quality Star Ratings

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Nearly one year ago, CMS released its updated patient satisfaction and hospital quality star ratings. First deployed in 2014, this five-point scale was set to be a patient-facing tool to help healthcare consumers make decisions about where to...

AHA Playbook Details Community Healthcare Partnerships

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The AHA’s Health Research & Education Trust (HRET) has released a playbook detailing how healthcare organizations can create community healthcare partnerships to drive continuous patient engagement and an overall culture of health....

Wayfinding Apps Lead the Way to Positive Patient Experience

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When Katie Logan began at Piedmont Health as vice president of experience, she was tasked with moving past traditional patient satisfaction measures and uncovering specific and positive patient experience improvements. Logan’s efforts led...

House Passes Emergency Funds for Veterans Choice, Care Access

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The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that offers emergency funding for the VA to help support veteran care access. The bill is expected to see Senate debate before the two-week August recess. The bill allocates $3.9 billion...

Targeting Wellness Program Messages for At-Risk Patients

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Clinicians can use EHR data to deliver wellness program messages to patients at-risk for certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes. However, program developers must take care in how they deliver these messages to be sensitive to patient preferences,...

Using Home Health Care to Improve the Patient Experience

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Healthcare professionals can use home health care to improve the patient experience by delivering strong patient and caregiver education and by allowing patients to recover comfortably. This will be important as experts in all specialties look...

Following Patient Portal Adoption, Patient Activation is Key

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New York City Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) is among the majority of health systems enjoying the patient-centered benefits of patient portal adoption. Now, the health system is facing its latest challenge – getting more patients enrolled...

Medicaid Plans Outscore Private Plans on Consumer Satisfaction

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Patients covered under Medicaid plans give the federal payer a higher consumer satisfaction rating than patients covered under private insurance plans, primarily due to better provider choice in the Medicaid program, according to a new survey...

How to Develop Community Health, Patient Outreach Efforts

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The AHA has published a toolkit to help drive community health and improve patient outreach efforts in rural regions and vulnerable urban communities. As healthcare becomes increasingly value-based, hospitals are working to use their resources...

CVS Health Deal Drives Patient Care Access, Care Coordination

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CVS Health MinuteClinic and Cleveland Clinic have extended their partnership to drive care coordination between the two providers, helping to improve seamless patient care access in Northeast Ohio and Florida. CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic...

FDA Plans First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

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The FDA has set a date for its first Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) meeting, according to an agency blog post. Kathryn O’Callaghan and Jeffery Shuren, MD, JD, wrote that the meeting will take place on October 11 and 12 and...

Nurses Focus on Patient Education, Dispelling Misinformation

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Nurses are finding themselves on the frontlines of patient education efforts, helping to teach patients about health conditions, improving patient health literacy, and working to dispel misinformation patients may have retained through online...

Using Patient Outreach to Spark Success in Bundled Payments

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As bundled payments become mainstays in the healthcare’s shift to value-based care, health organization leaders are working to identify top strategies for success. Tapping into key patient outreach strategies helps practices in risk-based...

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