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Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

June 21, 2018 - Humana and Walgreens have announced a partnership to bring pharmacy, primary care, and health plan wellness services under the same roof, ideally improving patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program will be a part of Humana’s Partners in Primary Care Program, a care delivery platform aimed at connecting Humana’s Medicare beneficiaries with compassionate, holistic...


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Health Consumers Focus on Patient Wellness, Value-Based Care Access

by Sara Heath

Patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their own health, focusing on elements of overall patient wellness and mental health, according to a recent survey from Aetna. The Health Ambitions study, which included a survey of 1,000...

How APRN, PA Scope of Practice Changes Boost Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Overhauls to scope of practice (SOP) laws for advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) could improve practice efficiency and increase patient care access, according to a recent report from the Brookings Institute’s...

VA Patient Appointment Schedule Tool Receives GAO Approval

by Sara Heath

The VA’s patient appointment scheduling system meets all of the standards outlined in the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The analysis reviewed a pilot project...

FDA Recommits to Patient-Centered Care, Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The FDA is continuing its efforts for patient-centered care, releasing two separate statements focused on incorporating patient voice into medical product development and improving patient access to affordable drugs. The first statement outlined...

HUD Addresses Housing Quality, Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reached an agreement with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that aims to make housing and living conditions healthier for residents, addressing a key social determinant of health....

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 Office...

CMS Issues Guidance on Patient Access to Care for Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

New CMS guidance for combating the opioid crisis calls for state Medicaid agencies to improve patient access to care and patient engagement with certain opioid misuse treatment protocol. Specifically, CMS released a special bulletin that offers...

Ascension Unveils Nationwide Online Appointment Scheduling Campaign

by Sara Heath

Ascension has launched a nationwide patient outreach and advertising campaign set to market the health system’s online appointment scheduling systems. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the online appointment scheduling system Ascension...

Using Text Messages to Boost Patient Outreach in Specialty Care

by Sara Heath

Confirming appointments, sending clinic reminders, and other elements of patient outreach have been the bedrock of patient engagement for some time. As healthcare organizations focus on patient wellness, they are picking up the phone to make...

Healthcare Orgs Tap Text Messages for Patient Appointment Reminders

by Sara Heath

Two-thirds of healthcare organizations use text messages for patient appointment reminders, in many cases meeting patient preferences for office communication, according to a recent Medical Group Management Association poll. The poll of over...

Proposed Bill Calls for Primary Care Access for HDHP Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

A new piece of legislation introduced to the House of Representatives would mandate two free primary care visits annually to high-deductible health plan beneficiaries. Ideally, this legislation would help overcome financial barriers that reduce...

The Rise of Nurse Practitioners Amidst Provider Burnout, Shortages

by Sara Heath

Between increasing patient panels, evolving and often difficult-to-use technology, and the complications of federal quality reporting requirements, healthcare provider burnout is rampant. But as more providers suffer from burnout and even leave...

AAFP: Proposed CMS Payment Rule to Limit Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has numerous issues with a March 2018 CMS proposal that changes the way states reimburse for Medicaid primary care services. Specifically, the medical group says the proposal could harm patient...

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 in time...

How School-Based Behavioral Health Addresses Care Gaps, SDOH

by Sara Heath

At Delaware’s Eisenberg Elementary School that once housed desks, chalkboards, bookcases, and easels, is now a classroom with a fully-functioning pediatric clinic, complete with doctor’s checkups and even mental and behavioral health...

Are Providers Responsible for the Social Determinants of Health?

by Sara Heath

Medical professionals and other healthcare industry stakeholders need to develop strategies that allow clinicians to address the social determinants of health without adding to administrative burden and provider burnout, according to a recent...

CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy for Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a first-of-its-kind new strategy to support patient access to care in rural regions. Currently, one in five patients live in a rural area, which are typically characterized by limited access to quality healthcare. Because of...

House Presents Bill to Support Vets Choice, Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has introduced legislation that would overhaul the Veterans Choice program and provide funding to prevent a patient access to care issue in the VA. The Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and...

Can Peer Health Coaches Boost Patient Engagement in Drug Recovery?

by Sara Heath

Boston Medical Center (BMC) has launched a new program to improve patient engagement during opioid abuse recovery. The program, titled Project RECOVER (Referral, Engagement, Case management and Overdose preVention Education in Recovery), will...

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