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Primary Care Access Key to Reduce Chronic Illness ED Utilization

February 4, 2019 - The social determinants of health are impacting primary care access, leading to a number of preventable emergency department (ED) visits among patients managing chronic illness, according to a recent analysis from the Center for Health Analytics, Research and Transformation (CHART) at the New Jersey Hospital Association. These findings confirm that a number of social determinants of...


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Health Payer Preventive Care, ED Denials Hamper Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

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...

Bipartisan Proposal to Protect Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

by Sara Heath

A bipartisan group of senators have banded together to propose draft legislation that, if passed, could address the growing issue of surprise medical bills and their impacts on patient healthcare costs. The bill, co-sponsored by Senators...

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...

What Are Microhospitals, Their Impact on Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Amidst the sea of healthcare access offerings, one new type of medical facility has seen an insurgence in popularity. Microhospitals are a new healthcare site supporting the growing need for convenient and accessible patient access to...

Changes in ED, Clinic Use Mark Impacts on Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Urgent care clinics, retail clinics, and telehealth are getting more attention in recent years as alternative places of healthcare service, according to a recent analysis from FAIR Health. The rise in various healthcare delivery sites has...

Streamlining HIV Screenings in ED Increases Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals have long been looking to reduce long emergency department wait times and overcrowding, both of which are often the result of patients accessing ED care that could otherwise be addressed in the primary care...

Creating Positive Patient Experience in the Emergency Department

by Sara Heath

Understanding patient values and expectations is key to ensuring a positive patient experience in the emergency department, according to a new research from patient experience consulting firm Press Ganey. Performance Insights: Redesigning...

Defining Avoidable Visits to Drive Affordable Patient ED Access

by Sara Heath

The criteria for an avoidable emergency department visit is far too broad, leading industry leaders to limit access to affordable patient ED access, according to a new study on ED utilization. The study also suggested that patients need...

4 Steps to Reduce ED Overcrowding, Boost Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have developed a set of guidelines for reducing emergency department overcrowding and wait times, helping to improve the patient experience and eliminate delayed patient...

Strategy Joins ED, PCPs to Drive Rural Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Strong partnership and care coordination between primary care providers and emergency departments could improve population health and patient access to care in rural regions, according to a trio of researchers. The proposed care model was...

Using Microhospitals to Support Patient Emergency Care Access

by Sara Heath

Microhospitals are proving that in healthcare, bigger isn’t always better. Healthcare organizations are turning to these new facilities to expand patient access to emergency care as part of their efforts to meet increasing consumer...

How to Protect Vulnerable Patients from ED Overcharges

by Sara Heath

Minority patients and those who do not have health insurance often face higher emergency department costs compared to other patients, opening the door for policy measures to protect vulnerable patients, according to researchers from Johns...

Patient Knowledge Impacts Use of Urgent Care, ED Services

by Sara Heath

Patients need more education to help them determine whether to access care in urgent care centers or the emergency department, according to a survey by New York City-based urgent care provider CityMD. Urgent care centers have come to the...

Shared Decision-Making Reduces Cardiac Admissions from the ED

by Sara Heath

Shared decision-making tools can cut cardiac admissions in the emergency department by empowering patients and clinicians to make more informed choices about their care, according to research published in the British Medical Journal and...

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