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Patient-Centered Care Coordination Key for MA Telehealth Plans

January 9, 2019 - Although telehealth shows promise for driving more convenient patient care access, supporting that technology with effective care coordination and continuity will be essential to a quality patient experience, according to a recent comments letter from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). AAFP wrote to comment on the 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Flexibility proposed...


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Patient Access to Mental Health and SUD Care Lags in Massachusetts

by Sara Heath

Patient access to mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment leaves something to be desired for Massachusetts residents, with a majority of non-elderly adults reporting access issues in a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield of...

CMS Model to Push Care Access for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder

by Sara Heath

CMS is launching a new Medicaid care model that will improve care coordination, behavioral health integration, and access to care for expectant and new mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD). The Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model aims to...

How Can Providers Drive Transitions of Care for Teen Primary Care?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare providers should consider special patient populations in conjunction with strong care coordination and patient education during adolescent transitions of care from pediatrics to adult primary care, according to a new...

How Community Care Coordination Drove Down Avoidable ED Visits

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry is grappling with issues tied to avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, a costly trend that serves as an important indicator of lacking care management. In Milwaukee, a community organization is working to...

Solo Docs Build Remote Teams to Tackle Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

It seems as though all clinicians have adopted some form of a chronic disease management strategy that engages patients in between visits and aims to quell the negative impacts of a chronic illness. But despite the universal imperative for...

How Patient Loyalty Supports Value-Based Care, Patient Wellness

by Sara Heath

Building strong patient loyalty has become a key goal in an increasingly competitive healthcare industry. In order to survive amongst the numerous healthcare options on the market, healthcare organizations need to become patients’...

CMS to Drive Community Care Coordination for Behavioral Health

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a new care delivery model that aims to improve preventive care, early detection, and care access for pediatric patients at-risk of having an opioid addiction or behavioral health issue. The Integrate Care for Kids (IncK)...

New Partnership to Support Preventive Care Access, Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

A new partnership between the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Camden Center of Healthcare Providers, and Health Quality Partners aims to improve primary care access and care quality. The partnership, backed by $605,000 from the...

Retail Chain Deals to Improve Patient Care Access, Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

A new partnership between healthcare payer Anthem and Walmart will improve patient care and more affordable access to over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The program, set to launch in January 2019, will allow beneficiaries of...

Geisinger App to Support Patients in Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Geisinger and Merck have joined forces to create new patient- and caregiver-facing apps to support chronic disease management. The two patient engagement apps will help patients manage the logistics of their care, such as scheduling and...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Primary Care, ACO Success

by Sara Heath

Could integrating the patient-centered medical home into accountable care organizations be the key to driving care quality and cost savings? According to one new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), it could...

Medicare Chronic Disease Management Vital to Cut Healthcare Costs

by Sara Heath

Effective chronic disease management is imperative in a healthcare industry in which costs are only going up. However, without adequate patient engagement and care coordination strategies, efforts to mitigate chronic care issues will not...

How Do Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Patient Engagement?

by Sara Heath

As healthcare professionals work to meet the financial and care quality demands of value-based care models, they need to lean on practice transformation and patient engagement strategies to meet those challenges. The patient-centered...

Nurse Staffing Key to Patient Satisfaction with Pain Management

by Sara Heath

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,...

Engagement Strategies for the Patient-Centered Medical Home

by Sara Heath

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been around for decades, making its mark on primary care across the country. However, as healthcare has begun to embrace value-based care and quality improvement, the PCMH has become a popular...

Exploring Patients’ Roles in Chronic Illness Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

Strong care coordination is one of the core necessities for effective chronic disease management. Patients managing a chronic illness are confronted with a plethora of health information, often coming from multiple different specialists...

CHLA Health Network Drives Coordinated Pediatric Care Access

by Sara Heath

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) launched the CHLA Health Network, a coalition that aims to improve access to coordinated pediatric healthcare across Southern California. The CHLA Health Network currently includes over 100...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

by Sara Heath

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...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how...

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