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Promoting Patient Choice, Consumer-Centered Care HHS Priorities

December 6, 2018 - Improving patient choice, cutting healthcare costs, and supporting consumer-centered care design are key action areas for the Department of Health & Human Services, the agency said in a recent report. The report, “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition,” outlined the bureaucratic hurdles that HHS said litter the healthcare industry...


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AHA, AAMC Lawsuit Targets HHS Site-Neutral Payments, Patient Access

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration advocating against the site-neutral payment rule included in the 2019 Outpatient...

Confronting Indirect Patient Healthcare Cost Hurdles, SDOH

by Sara Heath

Patients face numerous indirect healthcare cost hurdles that impact their ability to access treatment, according to a recent guidance from America’s Essential Hospitals. The guidance, which comes as a part of an entire library of...

Part D Drug Price Proposal Could Limit Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Utilization management strategies such as formulary tiers and copayments serve as significant barriers to Medicare Part D drugs for many patients managing serious illness, according to a new report conducted by Avalere Health on behalf of...

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...

Hiring Overhaul at DoD Health Could Improve Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

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...

Can Medical Crowdfunding Address Patient Financial Responsibility?

by Sara Heath

As patient financial responsibility continues to grow, healthcare consumers are looking for ways to pay for their medical bills. In that pursuit, medical crowdfunding has emerged. Medical crowdfunding is the practice of collecting...

CMS: Work Continues to Address Rural Patient Care Access Issues

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to address patient care access and other issues faced by individuals residing in rural areas, according to a recent blog post from agency administrator Seema Verma. The...

Medicaid Enrollees See Better Patient Experiences, Care Quality

by Sara Heath

Patients with chronic illness who are enrolled in the Medicaid program tend to have better patient experiences than those without insurance coverage, according to a new study from America’s Health Plans (AHIP). Specifically,...

More Family Engagement, Support Needed for Family Caregivers

by Sara Heath

As patients continue to age into retirement, the healthcare industry will see increased need to support family caregivers and drive family engagement, recent data shows. Specifically, family caregivers feel like they aren’t...

FDA Updates Expanded Access Program to Boost Patient Experiences

by Sara Heath

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is making updates to its expanded access (EA) program to improve patient experiences in the program and streamline administrative hurdles. The FDA’s expanded access program is intended for...

How Do Mobile Health Clinics Impact Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Across the country, patients living in health deserts suffer from limited care access and other socioeconomic barriers to healthcare. But mobile health clinics are changing that, driving better patient access to care by pulling right into...

AHA: OPPS Site-Neutral Payments to Hinder Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association did not mince words when commenting on the site-neutral payment provisions included in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Implementing site-neutral payment is set to harm hospitals...

Price Transparency Essential to Lower Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs

by Sara Heath

Price transparency and clarity within the chronic care management medication supply chain will be essential for reducing out-of-pocket patient costs, according to a new report from the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. The report, which...

CMS Updates Aim to Improve Patient-Centered Care, Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a slew of final rules aimed at reducing administrative simplification and improving patient-centered care. Late last week, CMS finalized its 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS),...

Focus on Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity Grows

by Sara Heath

University medical and public health schools are investing in community health groups working to address issues of health equity and the social determinants of health. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health...

How Does Physician Burnout Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

Physician burnout is reaching new heights. And as more doctors look to make their next moves in a career that leaves them stressed and unsatisfied, the industry faces threats to patient care access. The physician burnout epidemic has...

Medicare Advantage Propose to Expand Patient Access to Telehealth

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced plans to modernize Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. Updates will expand patient access to care by adding telehealth as a covered benefit. The agency says it will update the way it reimburses providers to make it...

How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

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