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Verma: Value-Based Care Must Drive Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

Reducing administrative burden in value-based care models and allowing providers to focus on patient-centered care are key priorities at CMS, said agency Administrator Seema Verma in an address at this year’s American Hospital...

Palliative Care Improves Patient Experience, Cuts Hospital Costs

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations that deliver timely, patient-centered palliative care can not only improve the patient experience, but also yield lower hospital costs, according to new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and...

85% of Patients Concerned about Healthcare Costs, Quality

by Sara Heath

Consumers have become more concerned about healthcare costs and rising patient financial responsibility than they are about paying for other services in their lives, according to a recent survey from patient advocacy group Consumers for...

Improvement Needed for Patient-Facing Cost Transparency Tools

by Sara Heath

The cost transparency tools that healthcare payers offer are generating some patient buy-in, but more work is still necessary for these tools to make a dent in growing patient financial responsibility, according to a recent report from the...

CVS Health Hosts Tool Cutting Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs for Meds

by Sara Heath

CVS Health and its pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) CVS Caremark has launched a new tool that will help patients, payers, and providers connect patients with medications at the lowest possible cost, ideally reducing out-of-pocket patient...

High Costs Increase Patient Financial Responsibility by 11%

by Sara Heath

Patient financial responsibility increased by 11 percent in 2017, leading to a major upswing in out-of-pocket patient healthcare costs for the year, according to a recent report from TransUnion Healthcare. The report, released at the...

64% of Patients Avoid Care Due to High Patient Healthcare Costs

by Sara Heath

Patients are delaying medical care or forgoing treatment altogether because of increasingly high patient healthcare costs, according to a recent survey conducted by 20|20 Research in partnership with CarePayment. Healthcare prices are...

Patients Favor Compassion, Clinician Empathy Over Low Doc Costs

by Sara Heath

Patients would overwhelmingly select a doctor who displays compassion and clinician empathy over one who is less expensive, according to a recent survey from HealthTap obtained via email. The survey, which questioned both patients and...

Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs to Rise for Medicare Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

Traditional Medicare beneficiaries can expect to spend nearly 20 percent of their total annual incomes on out-of-pocket healthcare costs by 2030, according to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report included data...

Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs Rise as Utilization is Unchanged

by Sara Heath

Patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket healthcare costs are increasing, despite the fact that healthcare utilization has remained stagnant, according to a recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). HCCI’s...

How Concierge Medicine Affects Patient Care, Financial Responsibility

by Sara Heath

In an industry facing constant evolution, healthcare has proven competent at healthcare delivery innovation. Among retail clinics, microhospitals, and other alternative care sites comes concierge medicine, a form of healthcare delivery...

Assessing How Healthcare Consumers Access Doctor’s Appointments

by Sara Heath

When a healthcare consumer finds herself in need of a new provider or a doctor’s appointment, she may start by going to her computer and looking up online reviews and other information about the clinician she’s considering...

Provider, Patient Views Differ on Healthcare Cost, Tech Use

by Sara Heath

Providers don’t always have a good grip on patient views, especially with regard to healthcare cost and technology use, according to a recent survey from Conduent Healthcare. The survey of nearly 500 patients and 150 providers...

Patients Say Healthcare Costs Rising, Care Quality Stays Stagnant

by Sara Heath

You get what you pay for, the saying goes. But in healthcare, patients say healthcare costs are rising with little payoff for improved care quality, according to a recent survey conducted by Kelton Global on behalf of West Healthcare. The...

Patient Healthcare Costs Up 30%, Spurs Patient Billing Changes

by Sara Heath

Patients and providers alike are looking for patient-centered billing solutions that will help mitigate the effects of increasing patient healthcare costs, according to a recent report from Black Book. The report covered separate surveys...

Money Woes, Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs Limit Cancer Care

by Sara Heath

Sixteen percent of healthcare consumers are experiencing high or overwhelming financial distress as a result of high out-of-pocket patient costs for cancer care. This can ultimately impact patient willingness or ability to access...

How Healthcare Orgs Offer Price Transparency to Patients

by Sara Heath

Offering price transparency to patients is a rising priority in the healthcare industry. As more patients face high out-of-pocket costs, they are looking to manage their own healthcare spending. Industry experts acknowledge that notifying...

3 Factors Swaying Patient Decisions for Treatment Facilities

by Sara Heath

In the age of healthcare consumerism, patients are increasingly activated in their own healthcare. This includes in making decisions for treatment facilities at which patients wish to receive their care. Patients are largely spending...

Health Consumers Want Digital Patient Payments from Providers

by Sara Heath

Payers and providers should consider adopting digital patient payments to meet increasing consumer demand in healthcare, according to a recent InstaMed report. The 2016 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report surveyed thousands of...

Higher Insurance Premiums Drive Patient Health Exchange Exits

by Sara Heath

High insurance premiums and patient costs have caused 1.5 million individuals to end their Health Exchange coverage in 2017, according to a CMS report. These patients either terminated their coverage after paying at least one...

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