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91% of Docs Say Prior Authorization Delays Patient Care Access

February 6, 2019 - Prior authorizations are leaving patients waiting up to three days or longer to receive certain treatments, causing critical patient care access delays and potential adverse patient safety events, according to a new survey from the American Medical Association. Prior authorization requirements mandate physicians or hospitals submit a formal request to access a certain medication....


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Gag Clause Bills Signed into Law, Improves Healthcare Transparency

by Sara Heath

President Trump has signed into law two bills that prohibit pharmacy gag clauses, or the practice of prohibiting pharmacy and healthcare transparency. The laws – one targeted at Medicare plans and one for private and...

Nurse Staffing Ratios Tied to High Costs, Patient Safety Savings

by Sara Heath

A Massachusetts ballot question considering mandated nurse staffing ratios will cost the Commonwealth, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations because of increased staffing needs, according to an analysis from the Massachusetts...

Health Pros Nudge Senate Toward Care Quality, Price Transparency

by Sara Heath

Healthcare policymakers are hearing from industry leaders about how they can support better care quality and price transparency tools aimed at helping patients make informed decisions about their care. At a hearing of the Senate Committee...

Patients Say US Drug Prices “Unreasonable,” Need Gov’t Attention

by Sara Heath

Seventy-seven percent of patients believe US drug prices are “unreasonable,” but most don’t approve of current government solutions to combat high drug costs, according to a recent survey conducted by NORC at the...

Experts State 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Harms Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

More healthcare industry leaders are expressing concerns over provisions included in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule, specifically stating that statutes to reduce reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services could...

CMS Rule May Reduce Reporting Burden, But Harm Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Proposed changes for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would effectively put “patients over paperwork,” helping to deliver on a promise from CMS to improve patient-centered care and patient care access, said the American Medical...

AMA: Visas Key to Closing Physician Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The AMA is calling on US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work through its backlog of H-1B Visas to allow non-resident physicians to practice in the country. Non-resident physicians play a significant role in closing...

How Nurse Staffing Ratios Impact Patient Safety, Access to Care

by Sara Heath

A Massachusetts ballot question has the healthcare industry debating nurse staff ratios and how they can impact patient safety and patient access to care. The ballot question at hand involves An Act relative to patient safety and hospital...

Patients Support Efforts to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs for Seniors

by Sara Heath

Patients largely support legislative measures that would stabilize the Medicare Part D program, stating that such measures could reduce rising patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket drug costs, according to a Morning Consult...

President Signs VA Mission Act Into Law, Extends VA Choice Program

by Sara Heath

President Trump has signed the VA Mission Act into law, cementing the agency’s plans to overhaul the Veterans Choice Program and other community health programs across the country. The $5.2 billion legislation is part of the...

VA MISSION Act Passes Congress, Updates Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Senate has passed the VA MISSION Act, which overhauls the agency’s community health and Veterans Choice Programs and improves patient access to care. The bill now awaits the President’s signature and will likely be signed...

VA Secretary Urges Congress to Improve Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie has called on Congress to vote on a revised version of the Veterans Choice Program targeted at improving patient access to care. Veterans Choice, which was enacted...

Congressional Caucus Calls for Patient-Centered Care, Wellness

by Sara Heath

The Integrative Health & Wellness Caucus held its first official meeting addressing patient-centered care and whole-person wellness initiatives. The caucus, launched in October, 2017, aims to support patient needs in healthcare,...

Medicaid Expansion Boosts Patient Access to Surgical Care

by Sara Heath

The Medicaid expansion prompted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped support patient access to surgical care, according to a group of researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published in JAMA...

Proposed Bill to Protect 340B Program, Patient Access to Treatment

by Sara Heath

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), MD, has introduced legislation that would close hospital loopholes in the 340B Program, which helps low-income and uninsured patients access treatment and medications with fewer financial...

Executive Order Calls to Aid Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life. The order, titled “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition...

CMS to Expand Patient Access to Treatment for Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a new initiative to allow states to design their own programs to expand patient access to treatment for substance abuse and opioid misuse disorders. This move comes as a part of the administration’s efforts to...

Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

by Sara Heath

Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests...

House Passes Emergency Funds for Veterans Choice, Care Access

by Sara Heath

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that offers emergency funding for the VA to help support veteran care access. The bill is expected to see Senate debate before the two-week August recess. The bill allocates $3.9...

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