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Patient Engagement News and Articles

High Costs Quell Widespread Patient Engagement Tech Adoption

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High costs and lack of payer coverage are two leading barriers to widespread mHealth and patient engagement technology adoption, despite their potential to support chronic disease management, shows a recent survey from the New England Journal...

Effective Patient Advocacy Starts with Strong Relationships

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When a patient is diagnosed with a serious chronic or life-threatening condition, more changes than just her health status. These patients often face financial, logistical, and bureaucratic challenges to obtaining quality care, and need strong...

Patient Care Navigators Increase Care Quality, Decrease Costs

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Non-clinical laypeople make effective patient care navigators, offering a low-cost solution for offering care coordination services to aging cancer patients trying to access quality treatment, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology....

How Digital, Health Literacy Drives mHealth Patient Engagement

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mHealth and other digital health technologies have emerged as viable tools for facilitating patient engagement. However, in order to ensure these technologies contribute to meaningful chronic disease management, patients need high health and...

How Prior Authorization Affects Timely Patient Treatment Access

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A group of 17 healthcare industry stakeholders has published a set of guidelines to improve payer prior authorization programs in an effort to improve timely patient treatment access. Treatment authorization programs, known as utilization management...

Bill Targets Patient Access to Pharmacy Care in Rural Areas

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Pharmacy trade groups are praising the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (HR-592), which aims to improve patient access to pharmacy care by recognizing pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B. The bill, originally...

Payer Patient Engagement Key for Chronic Disease Management

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Despite the fact that one out of two Americans is managing a chronic disease, only half say they are getting enough support from their health payers to help them stay engaged in their health, according to a recent HealthMine survey. HealthMine’s...

Arguing for Patient Data Access Amidst Provider Pushback

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When OpenNotes came onto the healthcare scene in 2011, it introduced the fairly innovative concept of allowing patients to have full access to their clinicians’ notes. Physicians questioned whether this was the right or responsible approach...

How Patient Data Access, Education Improve Patient Safety

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Adverse patient safety events continue to plague the healthcare industry, with government agencies reporting as many as one in ten patients experiencing harm during treatment. And as patient safety becomes tied to the overall patient experience,...

Private Funds for Patient Advocacy Orgs Raise Transparency Issues

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Nearly two-thirds of non-profit patient advocacy organizations (PAOs) receive private-sector funding to support their initiatives, raising questions about transparency and conflicts of interest, asserts a new report from Cleveland Clinic published...

Low-Income Patients Cite Financial, Cultural Barriers to Care

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Low-income and otherwise vulnerable patients are facing barriers to accessing their healthcare, citing lack of cost transparency and insufficient language assistance as primary issues, according to a recent survey conducted by Oliver Wyman and...

Quality Care Drives Positive Patient Perceptions of Clinicians

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Patients are reporting positive perceptions of clinicians and hospitals, with patients believing their providers to have good intentions when it comes to their healthcare, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll. With over 1,000...

Practical Patient-Centered Care Strategies Key for ACO Success

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As the healthcare industry continues to embrace value-based reimbursement models, accountable care organizations need a strong grip on practical patient-centered care strategies in order to remain competitive, according to a viewpoint published...

Digital Weight Loss Tools Improve Patient Engagement, Adherence

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Healthcare providers have long struggled with engaging their patients in weight loss, finding that most efforts are unsuccessful and have low adherence rates. A multi-faceted patient engagement platform may help improve this issue, shows a recent...

How Out-of-Pocket Costs Affect Patient Healthcare Access

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Patients are increasingly facing high out-of-pocket costs, a trend that can limit their healthcare access and ability to pay for quality services. It is important for providers to understand how high out-of-pocket costs can impact patient treatment...

CMS Measures Have Limited Impact on Patient Experience Levels

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CMS has played a significant role in emphasizing positive patient experience, notably by tying incentive payments in the Value-Based Purchasing program to patient satisfaction scores. But to what extent have these policy decisions actually improved...

How Patient Education Tools Improve Chronic Disease Management

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Empowering and engaging patient education tools are at the core of any meaningful chronic disease management program that succeeds in encouraging individuals to take the actions necessary to achieve their healthcare goals. At Centura Health,...

Do Patient Satisfaction Scores Truly Portray Quality Care?

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Although touted as important indicators of quality patient care, patient satisfaction measures aren’t an accurate portrayal of positive outcomes and effective treatment, say Justin B. Cohen, MD, MS, Terence M. Myckatyn, MD, and Keith Brandt,...

End-of-Life Patient Satisfaction Hinges on Longer Hospice Care

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Hospice care plays an important role in improving patient satisfaction and fulfilling end of life wishes for patients with cancer, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, but the benefits are dependent upon...

Patient Demand Drives mHealth Engagement Technology Adoption

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Patient engagement technology and mHealth have long shown promise for many providers looking to activate their patients in their care. But for some providers, the days of simply considering the potential of patient engagement technology are over...

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