Patient Care Access Efforts Zero in on Opioid Crisis

January 17, 2019 - Colorado is making strides in improving patient access to opioid treatment, but will require further progress to truly address the opioid crisis, according to a spotlight analysis of the state by Manatt Health in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and Colorado Medical Society (CMS). Specifically, the state has excelled in improving access to evidence-based...

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AMA Calls to Eliminate Prior Authorization for MAT Patient Access

by Sara Heath

Eliminating prior authorization regulations will be essential for expanding patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), asserted American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny,...

ACA Ruling Jeopardizes Patient Care Access, Access to Coverage

by Sara Heath

Healthcare industry leaders have concerns about patient care access and patient access to payer coverage in light of the recent rulings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although most experts are confident in an eventual appeal. Late last...

PA State Policies Push for Patient Care Access, Opioid Treatment

by Sara Heath

Healthcare providers and policymakers in Pennsylvania have successfully improved patient care access for opioid addiction treatments, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA), Pennsylvania Medical Society...

CMS Rule May Reduce Reporting Burden, But Harm Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Proposed changes for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would effectively put “patients over paperwork,” helping to deliver on a promise from CMS to improve patient-centered care and patient care access, said the American Medical...

AMA: Visas Key to Closing Physician Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The AMA is calling on US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work through its backlog of H-1B Visas to allow non-resident physicians to practice in the country. Non-resident physicians play a significant role in closing...

Clinicians Double Patient Access to Meds for Opioid Misuse in 2017

by Sara Heath

Clinicians are increasing patient access to medications commonly used to halt an opioid overdose and to treat substance abuse disorder, tackling the opioid crisis on the frontlines, according to the American Medical Association Opioid Task...

AMA: Title X Rule Harms Patient-Provider Relationship, Care Access

by Sara Heath

Proposed changes to the Title X Family Planning program could harm the patient-provider relationship by introducing government interference into the exam room, according to the American Medical Association. Specifically, the proposed...

92% of Docs Say Prior Authorization Harms Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Ninety-two percent of clinicians say lengthy prior authorization protocols have impeded timely patient access to care and harmed patient clinical outcomes, according to a new survey released by the American Medical Association...

AMA Joins Org Targeting Patient Access to Specialist Care

by Sara Heath

The AMA has joined forces with the Human Diagnosis Project (Human Dx), an organization which seeks to help expand patient access to specialist care by digitally connecting providers to other specialists. Currently, 30 million patients are...


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