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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...

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...

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