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PCORI Funds Shared Decision-Making, Patient Care Access Studies

July 20, 2017 - News out of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is promising for healthcare stakeholders looking to advance shared decision-making and patient care access. PCORI has authorized $6.5 million in funding for a new initiative to drive shared decision-making between patients and providers, according to an organization news release. The project, which recently received the seal...


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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 their own...

FDA Expanded Patient Medication Access Program Successful

by Sara Heath

The FDA has successfully enacted its expanded patient medication access program, which allows patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses access to medications that have not yet moved past the clinical trial period, according to a report...

Centralized Appointment Scheduling Aids Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

Centralized management tools are critical in healthcare, especially as the industry is increasingly marked by hospital mergers and healthcare acquisitions. Health system leaders can use centralized appointment scheduling to manage multiple patient...

Retail Clinics Expand Convenient Patient Access to Lab Services

by Sara Heath

Seven Walgreens retail clinic locations will now host LabCorp testing, offering patients convenient access to lab services. Walgreens and LabCorp formed this partnership in an effort to increase the number of healthcare services patients can...

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 from...

Patient Engagement Strategies for Young, Healthy Populations

by Sara Heath

The term “patient engagement” usually elicits images of extensive wellness plans, long patient portal messages, and chronic disease management. However, patient engagement strategies are different for young and healthy patient populations....

Funding Aids FQHCs in Patient-Centered Medical Home Models

by Sara Heath

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and safety net clinics can successfully reach patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation with adequate government funding, according to a recent RAND Corporation report. The study, published in...

UCLA Program Drives Healthcare Access with Immigrant Docs

by Sara Heath

The UCLA International Medical Graduate Program aims to assist legal immigrants in obtaining their US board certification and funnel more clinicians toward medically-underserved regions that want for healthcare access. The program enrolls legal...

77% of Patients Want Access to Virtual Care, Telehealth

by Sara Heath

Patient demand for virtual care and telehealth access is high despite some provider viewpoints, according to recent data from the Advisory Board. The Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which included over 5,000 patients across the country,...

AHA-Backed Doc Shortage Bills Drive Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The AHA has given its seal of approval on a new Senate bill to reduce doctor shortages that could have adverse effects on patient access to care. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S.1301) serves as companion legislation to a similar...

3 Steps to Improving Appointment Scheduling for Patients

by Sara Heath

Ensuring seamless appointment scheduling for patients is a critical part of getting patients in the office door and engaging with their healthcare. However, healthcare organizations are falling short on this front, highlighting a need for appointment...

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 needs....

AHA Calls for Personalized Care Access in Medicare Advantage

by Sara Heath

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans need to include more personalized care access options to meet patient needs, said the American Hospital Association in a recent letter to the House of Representatives. AHA submitted its letter to the House Ways and...

VA Drives Plans for Patient Education, Experience Improvement

by Sara Heath

The VA Health Administration implemented an online tool to drive patient education about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health treatment options. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid outlines different evidence-based treatments,...

Patients Say Primary Care Access Pushes Health Industry Growth

by Sara Heath

Patients agree that primary care access is key to improving the healthcare industry, and they want to see better support for patients and primary care physicians, according to a survey from Health is Primary, a campaign hosted by Family Medicine...

Rising Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Spur Patient Financial Woes

by Sara Heath

Out-of-pocket drug costs are growing, with 25 percent of patients paying more for their prescriptions now than they did one year ago, showed a survey from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The survey of 1,000 prescription-taking patients found...

Walgreens Partnership Boosted Patient Mental Health Screening

by Sara Heath

A partnership between Walgreens and Mental Health America (MHA) resulted in an increase in patients screening for mental health and taking the steps to manage a mental illness. The partnership, forged last year, included an online platform on...

Using Onboarding Automation to Drive Specialty Care Access

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare market becomes increasingly competitive, many specialty practices are looking for the safest and most streamlined strategy to increase patient volume. For many facilities, that means turning to onboarding automation, ensuring...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

by Sara Heath

The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

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