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Promoting Patient Choice, Consumer-Centered Care HHS Priorities

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Improving patient choice, cutting healthcare costs, and supporting consumer-centered care design are key action areas for the Department of Health & Human Services, the agency said in a recent report. The report, “Reforming...

AHA, AAMC Lawsuit Targets HHS Site-Neutral Payments, Patient Access

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration advocating against the site-neutral payment rule included in the 2019 Outpatient...

Using Patient-Provider Communication for Antibiotic Stewardship

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As the healthcare industry continues to explore the meaning of quality in healthcare, an examination of antibiotic stewardship may come to the forefront. But as antibiotic prescriptions are shown to correlate with patient satisfaction,...

Confronting Indirect Patient Healthcare Cost Hurdles, SDOH

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Patients face numerous indirect healthcare cost hurdles that impact their ability to access treatment, according to a recent guidance from America’s Essential Hospitals. The guidance, which comes as a part of an entire library of...

Low-Cost Health Plans Come with High Deductibles, Patient Spending

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Low-income patients can access a health plan with little to no out-of-pocket cost on the ACA health insurance markets, but these plans come with a catch, according to new data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. These subsidized health...

4 Core Principles of Patient-Centered Care, Family Engagement

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Treating patients with respect and incorporating them in all aspects of the healthcare industry will help foster a culture of patient- and family-centered care, according to a position paper published by the American College of...

How ACO Patient Outreach Technology Supports Preventive Care

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For Triad HealthCare Network, a North Carolina-based Next Generation accountable care organization (ACO), patient outreach is only a phone call away. Since its inception in 2012, the ACO has set its sights on better patient activation,...

Part D Drug Price Proposal Could Limit Patient Access to Care

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Utilization management strategies such as formulary tiers and copayments serve as significant barriers to Medicare Part D drugs for many patients managing serious illness, according to a new report conducted by Avalere Health on behalf of...

Health Payer Preventive Care, ED Denials Hamper Patient Care Access

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Health payers are denying coverage for preventive care screenings and emergency department (ED) care at a high rate, according to patient advocacy group Doctor-Patient Rights Project (DPRP). In doing so, payers are hindering patient care...

Hiring Overhaul at DoD Health Could Improve Patient Access to Care

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There are insufficient clinician hiring practices at Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare facilities, limiting patient access to care, according to a recent GAO report. Currently, DoD employs over 241,000 individuals, including active...

CMS Drug Price Proposal Aims to Cut Out-of-Pocket Patient Spending

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CMS has proposed a new drug price model for Medicare Parts C and D that will ideally reduce out-of-pocket patient spending. The policies, which if approved would go into effect in 2020, would impact Medicare Advantage and Medicare Parts C...

How Payers Use Data Analytics for Personalized Member Experience

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As the health payer industry has continued its focus on improving patient engagement and member experience, experts have observed a need for more personalized and simplified medicine. And for Firdaus Bhathena, Chief Digital Officer at...

45 Minutes of Patient Education Boosts Chronic Disease Management

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A health literacy program that required second-year medical students to spend an additional 45 minutes delivering patient education helped improve chronic disease management and health outcomes, a study published in the Journal of the...

Can Medical Crowdfunding Address Patient Financial Responsibility?

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As patient financial responsibility continues to grow, healthcare consumers are looking for ways to pay for their medical bills. In that pursuit, medical crowdfunding has emerged. Medical crowdfunding is the practice of collecting...

CMS Program to Support Patient Safety in Nursing Home Care

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CMS is ramping up its efforts to improve patient safety and care quality in nursing home settings. Through the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP), the agency aims to give nursing home employees and caregivers the tools...

Overcoming Challenges of Online Appointment Scheduling Adoption

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Online appointment scheduling software has emerged as a prominent patient engagement technology that improves practice efficiency and patient experiences. Critical to installing these tools is a clear idea of organizational needs,...

Researchers Test Patient-Reported Outcomes Tools in Cancer Care

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A group of researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) will join medical professionals across the country to test the feasibility of integrating patient-reported outcomes (PROs) into cancer care plans. As a part of a...

CMS: Work Continues to Address Rural Patient Care Access Issues

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to address patient care access and other issues faced by individuals residing in rural areas, according to a recent blog post from agency administrator Seema Verma. The...

Lacking Protocols Hit VHA Clinic Environment, Patient Experience

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) does not have adequate measures to assess the physical environment of its facilities, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This in turn can have negative...

How Online Medical Info Impacts Patient-Provider Relationships

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The slew of online medical information is impacting patient-provider relationships, according to a new survey from Merck Manuals. The survey of 240 family physicians found that patients are increasingly accessing online medical...

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