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Epic MyChart Patient Portal Snags Best in KLAS 2019 Ranking

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History repeats itself as Epic Systems MyChart patient portal comes in as a top performer in the Best in KLAS 2019 rankings. The rankings, which KLAS releases annually, looks at the highest rated vendors in the healthcare IT space as...

Specialty Drugs Rake in High Out-of-Pocket Costs for Part D Patients

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Medicare Part D enrollees with serious illness can expect extraordinary out-of-pocket healthcare costs as they seek drugs for their conditions, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). “The findings...

More Nurse Practitioners Slated to Meet Patient Care Access Needs

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Nurse practitioners are making their mark on patient care access as more NPs flood the healthcare jobs market, according to the 2018 National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The...

Wilkie: VA Care Access Standards Boost Quality, Not Privatization

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be revamping its patient care access standards as a part of the 2018 MISSION Act, a move the agency says will promote better patient care, not VA privatization, according to a recent statement...

Lyft Fills Medical Transportation Gaps for One-Third of Riders

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Using ridesharing service Lyft to get to medical appointments has made patient care access less of a hassle, emphasizing the tool’s use as non-emergency medical transportation, according to Lyft’s annual Economic Impact...

CMS App to Drive Beneficiary Education About Plan Coverage

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CMS has launched a new patient-facing app geared toward improving beneficiary education about basic Medicare plans. The “What’s Covered” app will be available to patients with Original Medicare and comes as a part of the...

How Can Health Pros Address Cost as Medication Adherence Barrier?

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As healthcare professionals continue to push for better chronic disease management, they continue to face high healthcare costs as a primary medication adherence barrier. Numerous studies have indicated that drug costs serve as the...

Utilizing Online Provider Reviews to Assess Patient Satisfaction

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Online provider reviews and patient satisfaction surveying are not new concepts in healthcare. With consumer-centric care a stalwart in the industry, organizations are using these tools to better understand how to serve their patient...

VA Appointment Wait Times Shrink Shorter Than Private Sector

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Appointment wait times at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are getting better, despite a negative public reputation to the contrary, according to new data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The...

Payers Fall Short in Effective Beneficiary Communication

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Healthcare payers’ beneficiary communication efforts leave a lot to be desired, as organizations let considerations for low patient health literacy and other best practices fall by the wayside, according to a recent report from...

Can SDOH Data Use and Policies Create Health Disparities?

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The social determinants of health have emerged as critical factors in driving value-based care and patient wellness programs. But could initiatives addressing the SDOH have unintended, negative consequences for patients? Potentially, says...

Chronic Disease Management, Diabetes Patient Costs Up $6K

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Chronic disease management and treatment for individuals with type 1 diabetes can cost patients thousands of dollars each year, primarily due to the increasing cost of insulin, according to a recent report from the Health Care Cost...

CMS Models Target Patient-Centered Benefits Design, Drug Costs

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CMS has revealed two new regulations that will ideally improve patient-centered benefits design and lower prescription drug spending, the agency said. Specifically, the agency announced a new Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model and...

Cost Hampers Patient Care Access, Clinical Trial Participation

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Patient care access and cost of care are considerable concerns for patients with muscular dystrophy and their family caregivers, with nearly half of patients saying cost is a major care access barrier, according to the ONEVoice survey from...

Implementing Patient-Centered Quality Metrics in Medicaid Plans

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As the healthcare industry continues to embrace value-based payment models that reimburse based on care quality and patient satisfaction, state Medicaid plans are beginning to follow suit. These programs, which cover nearly 72 million...

Patient Satisfaction of Telehealth Hinges on Convenience, Quality

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Telehealth is a considerable driver of patient satisfaction, meeting patient expectations for convenient care access and care quality, according to new data from Massachusetts General Hospital. In fact, patient approval for telehealth may...

Patient Care Access Efforts Zero in on Opioid Crisis

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Colorado is making strides in improving patient access to opioid treatment, but will require further progress to truly address the opioid crisis, according to a spotlight analysis of the state by Manatt Health in partnership with the...

Medicare Part B Drug Plan Could Raise Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs

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An HHS proposal to shift some Medicare Part B drugs to Medicare Part D may decrease overall drug spending, but it could increase out-of-pocket patient costs, data suggests. The HHS proposal would shift Part B drugs to Part D prescription...

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Housing Program to Address SDOH

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New community health programs from Kaiser Permanente aim to address the homelessness issue that affects the Oakland, California, area as a part of the health system’s efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). In a...

In-Clinic Patient Education Videos Improve Vaccination Rates

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Patient education videos delivered inside the clinic or doctor’s office can help increase the number of patients accessing certain vaccinations or other preventive care services, according to new data from the Regenstrief...

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