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Payer Administrative Barriers Limit Access to Cancer Care

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Healthcare payers should reform their utilization management strategies and reduce administrative barriers to better facilitate easy access to cancer care, says the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Utilization management strategies...

Low Medication Adherence Negates Medicare Cost-Sharing Savings

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Although cost-sharing saves Medicare money on pharmaceutical expenses, these savings are likely negated by low medication adherence and eventual health complications, found a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. High chronic...

Long-Term Care Plans, Engagement Improve Cancer Survivorship

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Breast cancer survivors who receive written long-term care and engagement plans, and meet individually with self-care coaches experience better clinical outcomes, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. With...

Is Yelp an Effective Patient Resource for Treatment Decisions?

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Positive Yelp reviews are correlated with key clinical quality metrics, suggesting that the platform is an effective and accessible resource for patients making treatment decisions, according to a new report conducted by the Manhattan Institute...

VA Launches Center for Patient-Centered Healthcare Innovation

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The VA has launched its Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) to help produce and deliver patient-centered healthcare innovations and treatment options to veterans. The CCI will explore cutting-edge medical therapies and emerging workflow...

Using Shared Decision-Making to Spark Quality Patient Care

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Shared decision-making in healthcare is an effective strategy for incorporating patient preferences into treatment plans. Taking the time to educate patients about their conditions and treatment options, and then prompting them to contextualize...

Patient Portal Benefits in Pediatric Care Must Fuel Parent Use

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The perceived effectiveness of patient portals in driving parent caregiver engagement in pediatrics is currently limited, presenting more opportunities for healthcare organizations to refine and streamline their patient portal adoption strategies,...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

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More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

VA Tool Shows Vets Healthcare Access, Care Quality Information

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The VA Health Administration has launched an online quality of care and healthcare access tool to empower patients with more information to make better treatment choices. The tool allows patients to view and compare various aspects of healthcare...

Patient-Provider Communication Key to Wellness Improvement

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Patients and clinicians often perceive patient wellness differently, highlighting a need for clear patient-provider communication about patient wellness efforts, found a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine....

Patients Lack Info Needed for Chronic Disease Self-Management

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Patients managing a chronic disease generally know that they must take self-management actions to maintain their own wellness, but do not receive enough guidance or engagement to do so, according to a recent survey from the American Heart Association....

Industry Groups Partner for Healthcare Shared Decision-Making

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The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) have partnered for a program geared toward driving shared decision-making in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Along with efforts from Pfizer, the...

More Provider Communication Increases Patient Secure Messages

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Providers who want to drive patient engagement through patient portal secure messages may need to step up their own messaging habits, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Secure messages via the patient...

PCORI Works to Drive Patient-Centered Health Research Design

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Although health research is key to driving medical advancements, it’s not always accessible or relevant to patients who need this information to make better care decisions. At the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a call for...

Patient EHR Note Input Boosts Patient-Provider Communication

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Allowing patients to collaborate on EHR notes to set appointment agendas can improve patient-provider communication, shows a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Patients setting the appointment agenda has long been hailed as an...

Family Caregiver Engagement Cuts Hospital Readmissions by 25%

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Healthcare organizations that practice meaningful family caregiver engagement and integrate caregivers into the patient discharge process can reduce hospital readmissions by one-quarter, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh...

Patient mHealth App Use Marks Motivation for Healthy Behaviors

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Patient mHealth app use is a key indicator of motivation for health behavior change, which is an important step in chronic disease management, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. mHealth apps have proven...

Congress Advances Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

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The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according...

Convenient, Cost-Effective Urgent Care Clinics on the Rise

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The urgent care clinic market has reached $15 billion with over 10,000 clinic locations across the country, according to a report from Kalorama Information. Through this growth, urgent care clinics have offered patients convenient and cost-effective...

Transparent Provider Communication Key for OpenNotes Success

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Does patient access to clinician notes – a movement known as OpenNotes – help or hinder the patient provider relationship? That depends on what the notes say and the strength of provider communication, according to a research team...

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