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Patient Engagement News and Articles

Physician Assistant Market Poised to Fill Patient Care Access Gaps

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The job market for certified physician assistants (PAs) remains strong as healthcare organizations use non-physician clinicians to support patient care access amidst the provider shortage issue, according to new data from the National...

Docs Say Patient Engagement Technology Drives Education, Experience

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Physicians overwhelmingly support the use of patient engagement technology as a means to improving patient education and patient-provider communication, according to a recent survey conducted by SERMO on behalf of PatientPoint and think...

CMS Revises Medicare Program Manual to Boost Patient Access to Care

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CMS has made revisions to Medicare’s Program Integrity Manual in an effort to improve patient access to care services and healthcare devices. The revisions will make it easier for Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to...

Nurse Staffing Ratios Tied to High Costs, Patient Safety Savings

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A Massachusetts ballot question considering mandated nurse staffing ratios will cost the Commonwealth, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations because of increased staffing needs, according to an analysis from the Massachusetts...

Premiums, Deductibles Increase as Patient Healthcare Costs Rise

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Healthcare costs are continuing to be burdensome for patients, even when patients have health payer coverage, according to a recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. More patients have health plans with a deductible, meaning the...

How Does Medication Prescribing Impact Patient Satisfaction Levels?

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A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that providers are overprescribing antibiotics for minor respiratory tract infections potentially in an effort to increase patient satisfaction scores. The study, which looked at...

Payer Awards $2M for Social Determinants of Health, Community Health

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The Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grant funding to 25 non-profit organizations working to address the social determinants of health. These grants come as a part of the Aetna Foundation’s Building Healthy...

Do Hospital Closures Impact Rural Patient Access to Care?

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Rural regions are experiencing hospital closures at a disproportionate rate, putting patient access to care at risk, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Between 2013 and 2017, 64 of the 2,400...

CMS Updates eMedicare Website to Improve Beneficiary Experience

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CMS has revamped the eMedicare website, adding new tools to enhance the Medicare beneficiary experience when searching for a health plan. These updates include tools aimed at making it easier for beneficiaries to understand plan details,...

Understanding the Patient’s Role in Addressing Patient Matching

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Patients may have a key role to play in the healthcare industry’s pursuit of addressing patient matching and health data exchange challenges, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. With the industry well on its...

Payers Face Disconnect in Beneficiary Engagement Preferences

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Medicare plans are failing to deliver member and beneficiary engagement in the form that members most prefer, according to new data from HealthMine. Specifically, health plan members want their payers to engage them using health IT....

How Health Coaching Improves Medication Adherence, Chronic Care

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Healthcare professionals looking to support better chronic disease management and improved medication adherence should consider another tool in their arsenal: nurse-led health coaching. The healthcare industry has long been chipping away...

Seven Outcomes of Successful Patient Engagement Strategies

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This is the last article of a three-part series centered on the steps required to make a patient engagement initiative successful. The first article, Three Steps to Jumpstart Effective Patient Engagement Initiatives, focused on getting...

Quality Standards to Support Patient Experience Via Telehealth

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ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI), a third-party healthcare accrediting program, has developed a set of accreditation modules for telehealth and remote patient monitoring geared toward ensuring these tools improve patient care access...

NCQA Selects Payer for Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures Project

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is putting $2.1 million behind a demonstration project that explores best practices for integrated patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) into clinical quality measures. The project,...

Beneficiary, Patient Engagement with Health IT, Payers Increases

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Patient engagement with their own health and health providers is markedly increasing, with more patients using health IT to improve their health and better understand their health payer plans, according to new data from...

Patient Engagement Tools, PGHD Present New Engagement Opportunities

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Patient engagement with different health technologies is increasingly high, as more patients are using tools to connect with the healthcare industry, according to the Deloitte 2018 Survey of US Health Care Consumers. The survey,...

How Does the Opioids Bill Address Patient Consent, Medical Records?

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As efforts to address the opioid crisis and mental and behavioral health issues come to the forefront, as do questions of patient consent, privacy, and medical records access. Specifically, impending legislation to address the opioid...

Bipartisan Proposal to Protect Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

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A bipartisan group of senators have banded together to propose draft legislation that, if passed, could address the growing issue of surprise medical bills and their impacts on patient healthcare costs. The bill, co-sponsored by Senators...

New Tool to Simplify Patient Data Access, Medical Records Request

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A group of healthcare industry stakeholders have developed the Health Records Request Wizard, a tool aimed at allowing seamless patient data access. The tool, whose prototype was announced at last week’s Biden Cancer Summit, seeks...

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