Chronic Disease Prevention

Health Payer Preventive Care, ED Denials Hamper Patient Care Access

November 29, 2018 - Health payers are denying coverage for preventive care screenings and emergency department (ED) care at a high rate, according to patient advocacy group Doctor-Patient Rights Project (DPRP). In doing so, payers are hindering patient care access. In a second iteration of its Access Denied reports, DPRP outlined how health payers are denying patient access to preventive screenings and ED...

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Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

by Sara Heath

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the...

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...

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...

Retail Clinic Access Bumps Patients Receiving Flu Shots Rate

by Sara Heath

Allowing pharmacists to give immunizations in the retail clinic offers a more convenient option for healthcare consumers, helping to increase the rate of patients receiving flu shots, according to research from the National Association of...

Targeting Wellness Program Messages for At-Risk Patients

by Sara Heath

Clinicians can use EHR data to deliver wellness program messages to patients at-risk for certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes. However, program developers must take care in how they deliver these messages to be sensitive to patient...

Dual Strategy Key for Driving Patient Preventive Screenings

by Sara Heath

Patient-facing decision aids used in tandem with patient navigators are effective in improving the rate of preventive cancer screenings, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite general...


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