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Public Health Pros Use Twitter for Patient Education Messages

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Public health professionals are using Twitter to spread patient education and informative messages, leveraging the platform to communicate with an otherwise hard-to-reach audience, according to data published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Partnership to Destigmatize Patient Access to Mental Healthcare

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California-based Sutter Health and Mental Health America have forged a partnership to make it easier and more comfortable for patients to access mental healthcare. Nearly 40 million American adults live with some sort of mental of behavioral...

Patient, Provider Views Diverge on Consumer Centric Care Priority

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Consumer centric care and patient engagement are top priorities for over 70 percent of payers and healthcare providers, and yet those efforts are not apparent to patients, according to a survey conducted by OCR International on behalf of Change...

How Medical Legal Partnerships Support Community Health Projects

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On a phone call with a legal firm two years ago, Cook County Health & Hospitals Systems (CCHHS) Director of Policy Kathy Chan knew she was on the cusp of bringing community health to the Chicago area through medical legal partnerships. The...

VA Must Vet Resources Aiding Patient Treatment Decisions

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The VA’s care quality transparency on Hospital Compare and its own website help inform patient treatment decisions, found a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, the agency must do more to ensure the accuracy...

How a Patient-Centered Payment System Creates Patient Choice

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Value-based payment models may not be adequate for ensuring quality care for patients, according to a recent report from the Center for Healthcare Quality & Payment Reform. Instead, a patient-centered payment system can deliver patient and...

Access Falters Amidst Good Patient Primary Care Relationships

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Despite reported positive patient and primary care provider relationships, patients still experience barriers accessing care but see the upsides of urgent and retail care clinic offerings, according to a survey from Mercy Health System of Southeastern...

What Do Patients Want in Self-Management mHealth Apps?

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Patients, providers, and caregivers all must weed through the most valuable self-management mHealth apps as chronic disease management continues to go digital. Not all mHealth apps are created equal, and patients have opinions about which will...

AHA Doubts Readiness of Hospital Quality Star Ratings Updates

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CMS should not move forward with updating its 2017 Hospital Quality Star Ratings and should scrap the whole system from the Hospital Compare website, according to the American Hospital Association. In a letter from AHA’s Senior Vice President...

More Patient Access to Payer Coverage Closes Health Disparities

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Medicaid expansion has helped low-income, minority, and cancer patients access health payer coverage and closed some health disparities, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) Annual...

Engaging All Stakeholders in the Culture of Community Health

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Creating a community health program — a county farm to table project or subsidized housing system — is not something healthcare organizations and their partners are required to do. And yet as healthcare begins to extend beyond the...

Addressing Language Barriers in Patient-Provider Communication

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Meaningful patient-provider interactions are at the heart of a valuable clinical encounter, allowing providers to fully engage patients in the healthcare experience. But in an increasingly diverse healthcare industry, language barriers and limited...

3 Stakeholders Driving Patient Engagement in the Pharmacy

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Low rates of medication adherence has brought the importance of supporting patient engagement in the pharmacy to the forefront. As patients continue to struggle to stick to treatment plans, clinicians assume most of the responsibility of motivating...

What Patient Complaints Say About the Patient Experience

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Individuals undergoing outpatient cancer care tend to report complaints about the patient-centeredness of their care more than the quality and safety of their care. This offers unique insight into the cancer patient experience, according to a...

Racial Disparities Limit Health Equity in Pain Management

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Racial disparities may prohibit full health equity in surgical recovery care and pain management, according to research from Johns Hopkins Medicine. In a retrospective analysis of over 600 colorectal surgery patients, the research team, led by...

What Limits Digital Health Use in Chronic Care Management?

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Both patients and providers recognize the benefits digital health has on patient engagement in chronic care management. However, both parties have apprehensions, which one group of researchers says can arm digital health developers reframe implementation...

Assessing Online Symptom Searches, Patient Self-Diagnosis Habits

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Amidst the push for more patient engagement in healthcare, an adverse consequence has arisen: patients often use digital resources for online symptom searches and to develop their own self-diagnosis, which may not always be accurate. Well-meaning...

Wellness Coordinators Deliver Patient Outreach in Rural Areas

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Employing wellness coordinators is an effective strategy for increasing patient outreach and supporting widespread preventive care in rural areas, according to research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Increasing...

What is Motivational Interviewing in Patient Care Management?

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Motivational interviewing is a patient engagement strategy geared toward overcoming a significant challenge in patient care: convincing a patient to make a health behavior change. “A central challenge for many providers is persuading patients...

Top Tips for Successful Patient Portal Secure Messaging

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Secure messaging via the patient portal has presented a new frontier for patient-provider communication. What was previously discussed via telephone calls or during in-person follow-up appointments can now be done digitally, helping to streamline...

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