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Patients Unclear About Access to Telehealth Under their Health Plans

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Nearly half of Medicare Advantage patients are unsure of whether their health plans cover access to telehealth or virtual care services, according to recent HealthMine data. The survey of just under 800 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries...

Clinicians Double Patient Access to Meds for Opioid Misuse in 2017

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Clinicians are increasing patient access to medications commonly used to halt an opioid overdose and to treat substance abuse disorder, tackling the opioid crisis on the frontlines, according to the American Medical Association Opioid Task...

CMS Allows Medicare Advantage Plans to Adopt Step Therapy

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CMS has given new authority to Medicare Advantage plans that allows those plans to negotiate lower drug prices. These new policies will specifically allow Medicare Advantage Plans to practice step therapy, which CMS says will create cost...

NEMT Patient Care Access Cuts $40K in Medicaid Patient Costs

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Non-emergency medical transportation yields a considerable return on investment (ROI) as it helps with patient care access in chronic disease management, according to new data from the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC). On...

How Do Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions Impact Patients?

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Healthcare mergers and acquisitions have been the cause of considerable debate across the medical industry, calling into question the tools and scale necessary to thrive in current care models as well as the notion of anti-trust laws in...

VA Testimony Objects to Bill to Pilot Patient Data Access Device

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is coming out against proposed legislation that would require the agency to pilot a digital device that would enable patient data access and data exchange, according to recent testimony from VA Under...

Using Automated Patient Outreach to Improve Patient Communications

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High-touch patient communication is one of the key elements of meaningful patient engagement. As providers work to get their patients in the clinic door for important screenings and preventive care, automated patient outreach tools have...

Patient-Provider Communication, Education Key for Opioid Prescribing

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Open patient-provider communication is essential for providers looking to combat the opioid crisis, according to a recent report from the Medical Group Management Association. The report, Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: Effective Policies...

MyHealthEData, Patients Over Paperwork Key in CMS Final Rules

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CMS has issued final rules related to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System. Finalized changes will support patient-centered care by reinforcing the MyHealthEData...

AMA: Title X Rule Harms Patient-Provider Relationship, Care Access

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Proposed changes to the Title X Family Planning program could harm the patient-provider relationship by introducing government interference into the exam room, according to the American Medical Association. Specifically, the proposed...

One in Five Patients Use CMS Star Ratings for Healthcare Decisions

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Only about one-fifth of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are familiar with the CMS star ratings that rank payer coverage, according to a recent HealthMine survey. This finding runs counter to the agency’s intentions for the star...

Walgreens Digital Health Tool to Drive Patient Care Access

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Walgreens is stepping into the digital and connect health industry with the launch of its Find Care Now platform, a tool aimed at improving patient care access. The platform will connect patients with care services at various Walgreens...

HHS Final Rule Expands Patient Access to Short-Term Health Plans

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule expanding short-term health plans that will improve patient access to healthcare coverage, according to the agency. The final rule allows for the sale of...

What Is the Future for Patient Engagement Technology, Health IT?

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Health IT has long been considered integral to the push for better patient engagement, with healthcare experts asserting that technology will improve the patient experience through seamless data access, care management, and patient...

Patient Portal Adoption Tops 90%, But Strong Patient Use Is Needed

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Patient portal adoption has become nearly ubiquitous across the country, according to a recent Stat Poll from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The survey of nearly 1,800 respondents showed that 90 percent of healthcare...

Who are Community Health Workers, How Do They Treat Patients?

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The transition to value-based care has expanded the definition of patient wellness to include both physical and social health. As patient care stretches into the community, the healthcare workforce begins to center on the community health...

Hospitals Say OPPS Proposed Rule Will Harm Patient Access to Care

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Hospital associations across the country are speaking out against the recent CMS proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule, stating that the rule will hinder patient access to care and increase out-of-pocket...

How Telehealth Training Programs Drive Positive Patient Experience

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With the growing popularity of remote patient care, telehealth training may be the new frontier. As more provider deliver care using telehealth, they need to learn how to reframe their patient-provider communication skills to drive patient...

Verma: CMS Makes Strides in Patient-Centered Care, Medicare Reform

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CMS is making progressing in its mission to fulfill patient needs and drive patient-centered care through various new Medicare policies, agency Administrator Seema Verma said in a speech at the Commonwealth Club of...

Health Payer Introduces Price Shopping Tool to Drive Care Quality

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BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has launched a price shopping tool that allows patients to receive incentives for selecting what the insurer deems lower-cost and higher-quality healthcare services. Using the new...

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