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Hiring Overhaul at DoD Health Could Improve Patient Access to Care

November 29, 2018 - There are insufficient clinician hiring practices at Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare facilities, limiting patient access to care, according to a recent GAO report. Currently, DoD employs over 241,000 individuals, including active and reserve faculty, federal civilian staff, and private sector contractors. However, DoD has insufficient strategies for understanding its worker mix...


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Lacking Protocols Hit VHA Clinic Environment, Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) does not have adequate measures to assess the physical environment of its facilities, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This in turn can have negative...

Medicaid Expansion States Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Low-income adult patients living in Medicaid expansion states tend to have better access to healthcare services than patients living in non-expansion states, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The...

Do Hospital Closures Impact Rural Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Rural regions are experiencing hospital closures at a disproportionate rate, putting patient access to care at risk, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Between 2013 and 2017, 64 of the 2,400...

Revamping Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medicare Advantage Plans

by Sara Heath

Using patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data could be a better measure for risk adjustment payments for Medicare Advantage plans, but better strategies for collecting PRO data must first be developed, according to a recent report from the...

Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems

by Sara Heath

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is suffering from a clinician shortage, managing a 25 percent provider vacancy rate across all IHS territories, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Clinician...

Nurses Call for Expanded Scope of Practice to Fill VA Care Gaps

by Sara Heath

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). This comes following recent findings that VA has...

VHA Making Progress in Physician Recruitment, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) has made some improvements to how it monitors clinician recruitment and retention across the country, but more progress is needed to fill patient care access gaps, according to recent...

VA Choice Program Needs Reworking Ahead of MISSION Act Revamp

by Sara Heath

The process by which the VA refers patients to the Veterans Choice Program is complicated and creates more delays in patient access to care for the VA’s patient population, according to a report from the Government Accountability...

Health Record Copying Fees May Hinder Patient Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

High record copying fees and other out-of-pocket costs may be a deterrent for patient health data access, with some providers charging fees for chronically ill patients or third parties that are prohibitive, according to a recent report...

Doc Education Data Key for Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

HHS needs more information about graduate medical education (GME) to better assess GME enrollment, the national clinician shortage, and patient care access, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office...

HHS Lacks Measures for Patient Treatment Access for Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

As a part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, HHS has worked to expand patient access to treatment for opioid misuse. However, the agency has not adopted adequate measures to assess the success of medication-assisted treatment...

FDA Must Clarify Outcomes Data Use in Expanded Access Drug Program

by Sara Heath

FDA must communicate clearer intent for outcomes data use in its expanded access program. This will ensure that drug manufacturers participate in the program and offer broader treatment access to extremely sick patients, according to a new...

GAO Comments on HHS Efforts to Drive Patient Portal Use

by Sara Heath

HHS should re-evaluate its campaigns to drive patient portal use and access to health data, said a Government Accountability Office (GAO) representative in the agency’s Watchdog Report blog late last week. The blog post featured GAO...

Medical Resident Shortage Hinders Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Medical residents beginning their careers are unevenly concentrated in the Northeast and urban regions of the United States, potentially exacerbating clinician shortages and hindering rural patient care access, according to an assessment...

57% of Children Have Access to Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

by Sara Heath

Just over half of children have feasible access to a pediatric trauma care center that meets their unique needs, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Children who have suffered a severe and...

Patient Portal Use Lagging Despite Strong Provider Support

by Sara Heath

Although most healthcare organizations offer patients access to their individual health records, less than one-third of patients look at that data on the patient portal, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office...

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