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Lower Drug Costs, Subsidy Access Improve Medication Adherence

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  Improving access to Medicare Part D subsidies and lowering out-of-pocket patient drug costs can help raise medication adherence rates in patients of low socioeconomic status, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical...

Patient Education Improves Diabetes Self-Management Outcomes

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Self-management programs that include patient education and participant input are helpful in driving outcomes in chronic care management, shows a recent case study on diabetes care published in the American Journal of Managed Care. At a family...

Inaccurate VA Wait Time Data Creates Healthcare Access Issues

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A recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General shows that appointment wait times at the VA are longer than the agency is reporting. According to the brief, these inaccuracies are keeping patients from accessing Veterans Choice, a program...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

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Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

Better Assessments Needed for Patient EHR Note Readability

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Healthcare professionals need a better metric for testing patient readability for EHR notes, especially as patients gain more access to their health data via clinician notes and the patient portal, says a recent study published in the Journal...

3 Best Practices to Improve the Healthcare Patient Experience

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As healthcare continues to embrace patient-centered care strategies, industry stakeholders have begun to focus on improving the patient experience. Per the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the patient experience “encompasses...

Accuracy, Usefulness of Patient eHealth Literacy Assessments

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With the increasing mHealth and other health IT use to support patient engagement, healthcare professionals are focused on assessing the ability for patients to access, use, and apply knowledge from these tools — otherwise known as patient...

Retail Consumer Experience Key in Consumer-Driven Healthcare

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Just like retail industries have to cater to shoppers’ needs, healthcare organizations must focus on patient experience in order to thrive in an increasingly consumer-driven landscape. Increasingly, out-of-pocket patient costs are rising...

AHIMA Reviews the Basics of HIPAA Compliant Patient Data Access

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has posted a slideshow and report guiding patients through the proper process of  obtaining their medical records from their providers and navigating HIPAA privacy regulations....

Patient Knowledge Impacts Use of Urgent Care, ED Services

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Patients need more education to help them determine whether to access care in urgent care centers or the emergency department, according to a survey by New York City-based urgent care provider CityMD. Urgent care centers have come to the forefront...

PCORI Funds Patient-Centered Opioid Research at Cedars-Sinai

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Opioid use research has just taken a patient-centered turn at Cedars-Sinai. The Los Angeles hospital has recently received a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to investigate the most effective ways...

How Health Payer Communication Boosts Patient Care Access

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Patient care access and preventive treatment are hallmarks of meaningful patient engagement. However, due to insufficient health payer communications with other stakeholders, patients are often left in the dark about whether or not their payers...

mHealth Use Hinges on Patient Perceptions of App Efficacy

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Even when mHealth apps have high usability ratings, patients still might not use them due to their own personal barriers, shows a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. According to the researchers, this highlights...

Patient-Generated Health Data Discussions Increase Engagement

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 Despite strong beliefs that patient-generated health data (PGHD) helps improve patient engagement, both patients and providers cite barriers to integrating the data into office visits, according to a survey presented at this year’s...

Negative Patient Experience Tied to More Surgical Complications

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A new study out of UNC Health Care shows a direct link between negative patient experience reports and surgical complications. The research team examined patient experience reports from approximately 30,000 surgical patients at seven academic...

Health Data Exchange Falling Short of Patient Expectations

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Patients think health data access between multiple disparate providers is critical to quality healthcare, according to a recent survey, but that reality is not yet realized. The survey, conducted by Humana subsidiary Transcend Insights, found...

Patient Portal Use Growing as Engagement Efforts Take Priority

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Patient engagement is on the rise as a result of a significant increase in patient portal availability and adoption, according to a survey from CDW Healthcare. The survey of 200 chronic care patients and 200 providers shows that patients are...

Patients Call for Better Info, Education on Cancer Treatments

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Oncologists and other cancer clinicians need to offer more information and education regarding innovative cancer treatments to both patients and caregivers, helping to drive more informed decision-making, according to a recent survey from the...

Patient Activation Levels Drive Health Coaching in Chronic Care

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New research in the American Journal of Managed Care calls for payer-sponsored care management programs to improve chronic care management by including individualized health coaching elements. Health payers have a financial impetus to improve...

Senators Urge Sec. Price to Improve Rural Patient Care Access

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On the tails of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s confirmation, a group of senators have sent him a letter urging him to advocate for better patient care access in rural areas. The group of 41 senators, led by Roger Wicker (R-Miss), Jon Tester...

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