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How Medication Overutilization Drives Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs

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Medication overutilization is costing patients thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket healthcare costs, according to a recent report from the AARP. Specifically, unnecessarily prolonged prescription of dementia medications is running up a...

How Technology Can Enhance Family Communication, Satisfaction

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When Ashley Hodge, MBA, CCP, FPP, saw first-hand the distress many family members experience when their child undergoes surgery, she knew she had to make family communication a part of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s patient...

Can Patient Verification, mHealth Apps Improve Patient Matching?

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mHealth app information and patient verification may be the keys to solving the healthcare industry’s patient matching problem, according to a recent report from the RAND Corporation. Patient matching is the connecting of the...

Retail Chain Deals to Improve Patient Care Access, Care Coordination

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A new partnership between healthcare payer Anthem and Walmart will improve patient care and more affordable access to over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The program, set to launch in January 2019, will allow beneficiaries of...

VA Sees Issues with Caregiver Program Ahead of MISSION Act Expansion

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The VA has failed to adequately monitor its Caregiver Assistance Program, leading to limitations on patient care access and insufficient program discharge processes, according to a recent analysis from the VA’s Office of Inspector...

Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) is suffering from a clinician shortage, managing a 25 percent provider vacancy rate across all IHS territories, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Clinician...

Why Quality Measures Must Reflect Patient Values, Care Experience

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Delivering quality care and creating high-value hospital encounters is essential to a positive patient experience. Understanding how to measure value will help target organization efforts. But how does the medical industry ensure quality...

AHRQ Hosts Contest for Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures Apps

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The Agency for Healthcare Resources and Quality (AHRQ) has launched the Step Up App Challenge aimed at creating patient engagement technologies that collect patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs). The contest, which offers $250,000 in...

Healthcare Costs Limit Patient Access to Care for DoD Beneficiaries

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Patients enrolled in the Department of Defense’s military health plan are facing high healthcare costs, hampering adequate patient access to care and patient satisfaction, according to a recent survey from the Military Officers...

More Urgent Care, Retail Clinics Offer Low-Cost Patient Care Access

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Urgent care clinics and retail clinics are on the rise across the state of Massachusetts, offering more convenient patient care access for a low cost, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC). The...

Geisinger App to Support Patients in Chronic Disease Management

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Geisinger and Merck have joined forces to create new patient- and caregiver-facing apps to support chronic disease management. The two patient engagement apps will help patients manage the logistics of their care, such as scheduling and...

HHS Awards $125M to Support Community Health Centers, Patient Care

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has awarded $125 million in grant funding to community health centers in an effort to improve patient access to care in high-risk and high-needs areas. These awards come as a part of the...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Primary Care, ACO Success

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Could integrating the patient-centered medical home into accountable care organizations be the key to driving care quality and cost savings? According to one new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), it could...

Patients Unprepared for Out-of-Pocket Costs for Long-Term Care

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Patients underestimate the financial responsibility associated with beginning long-term care, with many leaving themselves unprepared for the high out-of-pocket costs at long-term care facilities, according to a recent survey from Moll Law...

How Nurse Staffing Ratios Impact Patient Safety, Access to Care

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A Massachusetts ballot question has the healthcare industry debating nurse staff ratios and how they can impact patient safety and patient access to care. The ballot question at hand involves An Act relative to patient safety and hospital...

CVS Health Introduces Access to Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Tool

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CVS Health is rolling out its own direct-to-consumer telehealth option associated with its MinuteClinic offerings. The 24-hours service will facilitate patient access to care for minor health issues, injuries, and dermatological...

Creating Community Health, Social Programs to Drive Health Equity

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Healthcare industry leaders have made it part of their mission to drive health equity, giving all patients equal opportunity to achieve wellness. But as many organizations work toward this goal by expanding patient access to care, others...

CMS Overhauls ACO Programs, Pushes for Beneficiary Engagement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a major overhaul of its accountable care organization (ACOs) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) model, aiming to tamp down on spending, drive healthcare transparency,...

How Does Step Therapy Impact Patient Care Access, Costs?

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As the healthcare industry grapples with growing prescription drug costs, patients are feeling the burden with higher patient financial responsibility. Step therapy has long been one strategy to quell those growing costs, but what are the...

Point-of-Care Price Transparency Needed for Patient Care Access

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Three-quarters of patients experience “sticker shock” when prescribed a medication that was more expensive than they anticipated, according to a new survey from CoverMyMeds. These results highlight the need for better price...

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