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NYC Orgs Partner for Patient Self-Management, Health Coaching

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New York City-based hospital Mount Sinai St. Luke’s has partnered with a local health coaching group to support health coaching and patient self-management. The one-year pilot partnership between Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and City Health...

Solving Homelessness to Overcome Population Health Challenges

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Nearly two years ago, the CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) invested $250,000 to help homeless individuals obtain permanent housing. From the onset, the move had no direct financial benefit for...

Health Disparities Persist in Patient Access to Care Under ACA

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Medicaid expansion increased patient access to care, insurance coverage, and community health clinic (CHC) services, but did not entirely eradicate some racial and ethnic health disparities, according to research published in the Annals of Family...

Clinician Empathy a Key, Teachable Skill in Medical Education

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Clinician empathy is a core part of patient-provider relationships that many industry experts claim gets lost during the medical education process. That may not in fact be the case, according to a group of researchers from the University of Chicago....

What is the Patient Activation Measure in Patient-Centered Care?

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Patient activation is a key concept in the push for patient-centered care, but is often conflated with the notion of driving patient engagement. However, patient activation is its own quantifiable concept supported by the patient activation measure...

How Race Affects Patient Activation Impact on Hospital Readmission

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High patient health literacy leads to better patient activation and reduces the likelihood of preventable hospital readmissions, according to a group of researchers from Boston University. However, racial disparities exist, emphasizing a need...

How to Create, Conduct Community Health Needs Assessments

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Healthcare organizations working toward addressing the social determinants of health are using community health needs assessments (CHNAs) to determine the best path forward. From uncovering community health and social woes to identifying viable...

Nurse Staffing Key to Patient Satisfaction with Pain Management

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Having adequate nurse staffing is integral to pain management and patient satisfaction, according to a group of researchers from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. The study, published in the journal Pain Management Nursing, assessed...

Knowledge Gaps in Pharma Services Limit Patient Engagement

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Knowledge gaps about pharmaceutical patient services are keeping healthcare providers from recommending useful services to patients and also limit patient engagement with these services, according to an Accenture survey. The survey of over 350...

Streamlined VA Enrollment Can Spur Better Patient Care Access

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The VA needs more streamlined protocol surrounding patient enrollment into VHA coverage, according to a recent GAO report. Currently, the VA exceeds the 5-day processing timeline for enrollment, which hinders patient access to care. The enrollment...

How Health Centers Measure the Social Determinants of Health

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Most health centers serving safety net patients measure the social determinants of health in a similar way, making the process uniform and conducive to wide-spread intervention, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board...

Defining Avoidable Visits to Drive Affordable Patient ED Access

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The criteria for an avoidable emergency department visit is far too broad, leading industry leaders to limit access to affordable patient ED access, according to a new study on ED utilization. The study also suggested that patients need more...

Driving Employee Wellness Programs with Health Clinic Services

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In between trips to the water cooler and the copy machine, employees at BAE Systems can get a strep test, right on site at the in-office health clinic. This employee wellness program has helped BAE Systems deliver elements of primary care and...

Better Practice Operations Vital to Improve Patient Satisfaction

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Clinician office wait times are down by five minutes from last year, highlighting a focus on better practice operations, patient flow, and patient satisfaction, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The annual MGMA DataDive...

Ridesharing Deal Eliminates Barriers to Patient Care Access

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Sutter Physician Services has partnered with ridesharing service Lyft to help patients get to their doctor’s appointments, eliminating some barriers to patient care access. Nearly 3.6 million patients miss their medical appointments each...

Patient Access to Preventive Care Key for Cancer Care Equity

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Better care coordination and patient access to preventive care will help drive cancer care equity, according to a report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP). The 2017 State of Cancer...

4 Steps to Reduce ED Overcrowding, Boost Patient Care Access

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Researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have developed a set of guidelines for reducing emergency department overcrowding and wait times, helping to improve the patient experience and eliminate delayed patient care...

Understanding Health Equity in Value-Based Patient Care

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Care quality, disease management, and genetic makeup are core parts of patient health. However, stakeholders must also acknowledge that patient health is much more than medical interventions. This is especially true with value-based patient care...

3 Best Practices for Balancing EHR Use and Patient Engagement

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Healthcare professionals have been challenged with balancing EHR use and patient engagement during the clinical encounter as technology has evolved over the past 20 years. Providers face significant regulatory requirements for EHR use and reporting...

NQF: Add Patient Voice into Patient Reported Outcomes Measures

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An analysis of online patient communities has shown that healthcare professionals usually don’t look at what matters most to patient satisfaction. This is a huge development for patient reported outcomes (PROs) measures, according to the...

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