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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Communication Aids Fuel Patient Education, Health Goal-Setting

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Patient-provider communication and education tools are helpful in nudging parents to identify and understand their child’s health needs when issues would otherwise go unacknowledged, shows a study published in the Journal of the American...

Guidelines for Designing Patient-Centered Research Initiatives

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Developing patient-centered research initiatives is key to driving meaningful study protocol and fueling literature that is useful and relevant to patients. However, not enough healthcare experts are well-versed in how to create patient-centered...

Supporting Patients in HIPAA Compliant Health Data Access

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Patient heath data access is key to meaningful patient engagement, helping to empower patients in healthcare decision-making and self-management. However, ensuring patient access to their own medical records is often easier said than done. Recent...

AARP Law Supports Family Caregiver Engagement in Discharge

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The Ohio state legislature has unanimously passed a law that will require hospitals to train and engage family caregivers in at-home patient care, easing the transition during hospital discharge. AARP Ohio proposed the AARP Caregiver Advise,...

Does the ACA Drive Patient Access to Primary Preventive Care?

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Healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of patients receiving primary preventive care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. “A major goal of the Affordable Care...

Patient Portal Use Lagging Despite Strong Provider Support

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Although most healthcare organizations offer patients access to their individual health records, less than one-third of patients look at that data on the patient portal, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)....

Physician Review Sites List Inconsistent Patient Satisfaction

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A new study shows that ratings on different physician review websites often paint inconsistent pictures of patient satisfaction. Researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented their findings at this week’s American Academy...

FDA Proposes Office of Patient Affairs to Manage Patient Input

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in talks to create an Office of Patient Affairs to support the agency’s patient engagement efforts and to manage patient input and suggestions. On March 14, 2017 the FDA published a public docket...

Tom Price Comments on AHCA Impact on Patient Access to Care

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  HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, has released an official statement explaining how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will support the patient-provider relationship and expand patient access to care. According to Secretary Price, the AHCA...

5 Patient-Centered Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

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Patient safety is a key aspect of patient-centered care and is tied to the patient experience and health outcomes. However, all too often healthcare professionals view patient safety and patient-centered care as two different issues. Clinicians...

Overcoming Engagement Barriers to Shared Decision-Making

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Despite industry calls for better shared decision-making, patient engagement barriers make that goal easier said than done. In a recent paper from the Baylor College of Medicine, author J.S. Blumenthal-Barby explains that shared decision-making...

How Patient Portal Use Improves Business in Specialty Groups

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Finding an effective use for the patient portal may not be instinctual in acute specialty settings. After all, patients don’t always need a follow-up appointment in some of these settings, and many patients aren’t accessing health...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how both IHS...

Patient-Centered Care Models Enhance End-of-Life Cancer Care

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Patient-centered medical home, patient navigation, and palliative care models can all improve cancer patient experience and reduce healthcare spending at the end-of-life, shows a new study published in Health Affairs. End-of-life cancer care...

WA Drug Price Transparency Bill to Reduce Patient Cost Burden

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The Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill requiring drug manufacturers to offer better price transparency, helping to alleviate patient financial burden. Representative June Robinson sponsored the bill, which passed by a modest...

How Clinician Guidance Aids Patient-Provider Communication

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Clinicians need better guidance about patient-provider communication to help facilitate stronger shared decision-making, patient goal-setting, and clinician advice-giving, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board...

VA Choice Program Protocol Creates Long Patient Wait Times

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Protocol at the Department of Veterans Affairs for scheduling Veterans Choice Program appointments causes veterans to wait up to 81 days for treatment, despite VA goals to administer care within 30 days of requesting a doctor’s appointment,...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

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Telehealth may improve patient access to healthcare services, but service over-utilization due to easier access may actually increase healthcare costs, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Telehealth access...

Digital Patient Education Tools Improve Procedure Prep Process

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Digital tools are helpful in driving patient education in procedure preparation, helping to reduce the number of necessary repeat procedures in patients undergoing their first colonoscopy, shows a study published in the American Journal of Medicine....

How Healthcare Orgs Can Drive Family Engagement in Patient Care

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When patients are admitted to the hospital or diagnosed with a potentially life-changing illness, they are hardly ever alone. More often than not, patients have a network of family and friends behind them, and providers need to practice strong...

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