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Chronic Disease Management

Geisinger App to Support Patients in Chronic Disease Management

August 15, 2018 - 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 planning aspects of complex treatment or organizing their medications. These actions should improve medication adherence and care coordination, the two...


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FDA: Patient Access to OTC Drugs to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

by Sara Heath

A draft guidance from FDA will help patients navigate over-the-counter (OTC) drug alternatives for some of their usual, prescription chronic disease management drugs. Ideally, this will promote patient choice in their own medications and...

How Dose Packaging Improves Medication Adherence in Chronic Care

by Sara Heath

When it comes to consumer engagement with a certain product, it’s all in the packaging. The same rings true in healthcare, as more medical professionals are considering dose packaging to help improve medication adherence and patient...

How Health Coaches Drive Patient Healthy Behavior Change

by Sara Heath

Overall patient wellness and promoting healthy behavior change in healthcare consumers has become a key concern for not only clinicians, but for healthcare payers as well. As more payer organizations work to improve patient engagement with...

Why Patient Behavior Change Is Key for Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Chronic disease management may rank as one of the key priorities in the healthcare industry right now. With a multi-billion-dollar price tag, ensuring patients know how to manage their illnesses and prevent costly health episodes is a key...

Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Humana and Walgreens have announced a partnership to bring pharmacy, primary care, and health plan wellness services under the same roof, ideally improving patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program will be a part of...

How Health Orgs Prepare for Senior Patients, Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations are stepping up to the plate when it comes to older adult care and chronic care management, according to a recent report from BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation. The report, which was informed...

HUD Addresses Housing Quality, Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reached an agreement with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that aims to make housing and living conditions healthier for residents, addressing a key social determinant of...

AHA Launches Strategy for Patient-Centered Care for Aging Patients

by Sara Heath

A patient-centered strategy that accommodates specific patient needs and patient preferences will help health systems adjust to an increasing adult patient population over age 65, according to a new report from the American Hospital...

Primary Care Time Constraints Limit Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Despite the high importance currently placed on chronic disease management and patient wellness, most primary care providers say they don’t have enough time to address these issues with their older populations, according to a recent...

How ACOs Can Use Pharmacists for Wellness Coaching, Engagement

by Sara Heath

In accountable care organizations (ACOs), fostering overall patient health requires high-touch patient wellness coaching. For ACOs facing the surmounting pressure to spark patient health behavior change, integrating pharmacists as another...

At-Home Chronic Disease Management Aids Patient Self-Care

by Sara Heath

A new at-home chronic disease management strategy can help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) take care of their symptoms outside of the clinic, a boon for value-based care and other current industry initiatives, showed a recent...

Improvements Needed for Patient Engagement Apps, Health Behavior

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals and mHealth app designers must identify ways to make medication adherence apps produce improvements in wellness measures, indicates a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association....

How Chronic Disease Management Programs Support Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations across the country are shifting their patient engagement efforts toward a more consumer-oriented and retail-style strategy. Hospitals and clinics are increasingly concerned with their online reputations, while at...

Low Medication Adherence Common in Younger, Depressed Patients

by Sara Heath

Younger patients and patients managing depression are more likely to have low medication adherence, according to a recent survey from the American Kidney Fund (AKF). The survey of over 1,200 dialysis patients found that patients ages 18...

Chronic Care Diagnoses Need Better Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

When diagnosing a patient with a chronic illness, the way a clinician communicates with the patient matters. But a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine shows that there are several areas in which patient-provider...

Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers

by Sara Heath

Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers For patients taking numerous medications, keeping track of those treatments can be tricky, often keeping those patients from achieving full medication adherence. As more...

Patient-Provider Communication Vital for Appointment Agenda-Setting

by Sara Heath

Patient-provider communication and collaboration can lead to better appointment agenda-setting, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Appointment preparation has become an important...

High Out-of-Pocket Costs Keeping Cancer Patients from Treatment

by Sara Heath

High out-of-pocket costs and patient financial responsibility are keeping cancer patients from filling potentially life-saving prescriptions, according to a group of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of...

Building Patient Trust to Uncover Medication Adherence Barriers

by Sara Heath

Before leaving the exam room, each of Stuart Goldberg’s patients is asked about their medication adherence – how often do they fill prescriptions? Take their pills? How do patients manage the cost of drugs? For Goldberg, a...

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