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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Understanding the Power Hierarchy in Patient-Provider Relationships

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The ideal patient-provider relationship will always include a mutual respect between both parties that then leads to a healthcare partnership. A true patient-provider partnership can lead to better care outcomes and deliver on value-based...

Supporting Frontline Healthcare Workers in Clinician Shortage

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Healthcare is facing an impending patient care access crisis as clinician shortage gaps continue to widen. But as medical experts work to address the growing clinician shortage issue, they must also consider shortages in frontline...

CMS Adds CHIO Position to Support Patient Engagement Tech Push

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CMS will be adding a chief health informatics officer (CHIO) to its leadership team in an effort to support the agency’s patient engagement and health IT initiatives, according to a blog post from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. This...

Consumer-Centric Healthcare Lags Amid Value-Based Care Priorities

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Healthcare organizations aren’t making much progress in becoming more consumer-centric, even as industry forces are calling for better patient engagement and activation in healthcare, according to a recent report from healthcare...

FDA: Patient Access to OTC Drugs to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

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A draft guidance from FDA will help patients navigate over-the-counter (OTC) drug alternatives for some of their usual, prescription chronic disease management drugs. Ideally, this will promote patient choice in their own medications and...

Patient Advocates Call for Drug Price Transparency in HHS Blueprint

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The Department of Health & Human Services’ plans to reduce out-of-pocket patient costs and address rising drug costs is on the right track, but requires some fixes to better guide patients when purchasing their medications,...

How to Drive Provider Buy-In for Telehealth, Virtual Care Tools

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Patients and providers both agree that telehealth use and virtual care adoption will improve the patient experience, but providers are still slow to adopt these tools, according to a recent Deloitte report. Organizational leaders must...

Funding Deal to Address Provider Shortage, Patient Care Access

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LA Care Health Plan has committed $31 million to creating programs that would funnel more doctors into high-risk patient populations, ideally closing patient care access gaps that are cropping up amidst the provider shortage. The...

How Dose Packaging Improves Medication Adherence in Chronic Care

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When it comes to consumer engagement with a certain product, it’s all in the packaging. The same rings true in healthcare, as more medical professionals are considering dose packaging to help improve medication adherence and patient...

Industry Orgs Question CMS Proposals for QPP, Value-Based Care

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As industry organizations begin their in-depth analyses of the recent CMS proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, several have issued preliminary responses saying the rule could hinder provider payments...

Patients Support Efforts to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs for Seniors

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Patients largely support legislative measures that would stabilize the Medicare Part D program, stating that such measures could reduce rising patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket drug costs, according to a Morning Consult...

CMS Medicare Proposal to Boost Patient-Provider Relationships

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CMS has proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that aim to reduce administrative burden, improve patient-provider relationships, and drive overall better healthcare quality at a lower...

What Do Patients, Consumers Want in Digital Health Tools?

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As patients continue to assume the role of healthcare consumer, healthcare providers and payers are beginning to leverage healthcare technology that helps connect patients to their care. Those innovations, when utilized correctly, help...

UnitedHealthcare Invests Millions in Social Determinants of Health

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UnitedHealthcare has awarded multimillion-dollar grants to community health organizations to help address the social determinants of health in Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, the health plan has announced. These grants...

UNMC Grant to Support Nurse Education, Patient Care Management

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the US Healthcare Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to help support the role of nurses in patient care...

What Are the Top Patient Engagement Measures in Value-Based Care?

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With more providers turning to patient engagement to drive success in their value-based care models, they are working to tie those initiatives to actionable results. To meet that need, providers are tapping a variety of patient engagement...

FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

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Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a...

Driving Health Equity in Value-Based Care Payment Models

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Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service payments to value-based payment models is an important step toward higher-quality healthcare and more judicious healthcare spending. However, emerging payment models must take into account the...

Cerner Unveils Patient-Centered Tool to Support Value-Based Care

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A new healthcare technology from EHR vendor Cerner Corporation and health plan Lumeris aims to support patients and providers in value-based care models by driving patient-centered care and removing administrative burden, the two companies...

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

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With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical...

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