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Understanding Population Needs to Target Patient Engagement

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Patient engagement is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Instead, organizations should consider the different needs and preferences of their populations to target their patient engagement initiatives, according to a new report from Deloitte...

How Does Physician Burnout Impact Patient Care Access?

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Physician burnout is reaching new heights. And as more doctors look to make their next moves in a career that leaves them stressed and unsatisfied, the industry faces threats to patient care access. The physician burnout epidemic has...

Health Payer Incentive Program Supports Patient Drug Price Shopping

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UnitedHealthcare has announced plans to offer a rewards program for patients who seek out lower-cost drug options. This comes as part of the health plan’s efforts to put a cap on prescription drug spending and empower patients to...

How Community Health Workers Support Value-Based Care Principles

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New data from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that community health workers can reduce hospitalizations by 65 percent, helping organizations deliver on value-based care principles. The research,...

Health Systems Boost Patient Data Access with Apple Health Records

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Henry Ford Health System has joined the ranks of healthcare providers offering patient data access through the Apple Health Records app. The app allows patients to view their own medical records through an iPhone system. Patients may also...

As Value-Based Care Models Improve, Patients Must Take Center Stage

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While value-based care models have made great strides toward breaking down silos, coordinating care, and better serving patients, it is time to take steps further. In order to make value-based care truly beneficial to patients, those very...

Medicare Advantage Propose to Expand Patient Access to Telehealth

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CMS has announced plans to modernize Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. Updates will expand patient access to care by adding telehealth as a covered benefit. The agency says it will update the way it reimburses providers to make it...

HHS Drug Payment Proposal May Cut Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs

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HHS has unveiled the International Pricing Index (IPI), a proposed payment model that would allow Medicare to set drug prices at rates closer to those in other developed nations. This move has the potential to reduce out-of-pocket patient...

How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

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States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

NYU Taps Telehealth to Boost Patient Care Access for Urgent Needs

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Telehealth technology is revolutionizing patient care access for urgent care needs at NYU Langone Health. A new virtual care platform will now allow patients to access urgent care in a more cost-effective and convenient manner. The...

CMS Model to Push Care Access for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder

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CMS is launching a new Medicaid care model that will improve care coordination, behavioral health integration, and access to care for expectant and new mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD). The Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model aims to...

Patient Financial Struggles Suggest Need for Better Payment Plans

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Over one-quarter of families are delaying medical care because of cost concerns and high patient financial responsibility, according to a recent survey conducted by ORC International on behalf of AccessOne. Payment plans and other...

Aiming for Success in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model

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Evolution and adaptability are essential for healthcare organizations aiming to thrive in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models. As the healthcare industry continues to change, organizations need to be ready to address changing...

How Can Providers Drive Transitions of Care for Teen Primary Care?

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Healthcare providers should consider special patient populations in conjunction with strong care coordination and patient education during adolescent transitions of care from pediatrics to adult primary care, according to a new...

Patient Portal Use Low in Chronic Care Patient Populations

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Despite going through the steps of patient portal registration, 35 percent of chronic care patients have never used the technology, according to new data from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. Although medical...

Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the...

Breaking Down HHS Drug Advertisement, Price Transparency Proposal

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A storm is brewing between the Department of Health & Human Services and the pharmaceutical industry, as experts on both sides debate drug advertisements and requirements for consumer-centered price transparency. Causing the debate is...

Understanding Physician Empathy, How It Impacts Patient Care

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As the healthcare industry continues its focus on better patient experiences and higher satisfaction, physicians work to improve their patient-provider communication skills. Paramount to these skills is physician empathy, a somewhat...

How to Create Patient Satisfaction During the Bill Pay Process

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As the healthcare industry continues to be marked by high patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket costs, practice leaders strive to ensure the bill pay process yields high patient satisfaction. After all, a positive experience...

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