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Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

October 19, 2018 - The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the quality or payment of care. And while those considerations are important, ACLM says the industry must also take a proactive approach to healthcare...


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Medicaid Expansion States Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Low-income adult patients living in Medicaid expansion states tend to have better access to healthcare services than patients living in non-expansion states, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The...

CMS Releases Quality Star Ratings for Medicare Plan Patient Access

by Sara Heath

CMS has released the quality star ratings for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, according to a public statement. This move comes ahead of the open enrollment session and as a part of the agency’s efforts...

Physician Assistant Market Poised to Fill Patient Care Access Gaps

by Sara Heath

The job market for certified physician assistants (PAs) remains strong as healthcare organizations use non-physician clinicians to support patient care access amidst the provider shortage issue, according to new data from the National...

CMS Revises Medicare Program Manual to Boost Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

CMS has made revisions to Medicare’s Program Integrity Manual in an effort to improve patient access to care services and healthcare devices. The revisions will make it easier for Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to...

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...

Payer Awards $2M for Social Determinants of Health, Community Health

by Sara Heath

The Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grant funding to 25 non-profit organizations working to address the social determinants of health. These grants come as a part of the Aetna Foundation’s Building Healthy...

Do Hospital Closures Impact Rural Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Rural regions are experiencing hospital closures at a disproportionate rate, putting patient access to care at risk, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Between 2013 and 2017, 64 of the 2,400...

Quality Standards to Support Patient Experience Via Telehealth

by Sara Heath

ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI), a third-party healthcare accrediting program, has developed a set of accreditation modules for telehealth and remote patient monitoring geared toward ensuring these tools improve patient care access...

Patient Access to Care, Preventive Care Key for Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

Improving preventive care, increasing patient access to care, and addressing societal stigma will be the linchpins in addressing the opioid crisis that ravages the nation, according to a new report from the Surgeon General. The report,...

How Community Care Coordination Drove Down Avoidable ED Visits

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry is grappling with issues tied to avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, a costly trend that serves as an important indicator of lacking care management. In Milwaukee, a community organization is working to...

How Can Health Pros Measure Rural Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

A new report from the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership underscores the importance of quality measures targeted specifically at rural health and patient access to care. The report focuses on the matters that are most...

Health Payer Coverage Access Cuts Patient Financial Strains

by Sara Heath

Patient access to comprehensive health payer coverage has reduced patients’ financial strains, according to new research from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. As patients gain access to...

Payers, Purchasers Must Guarantee Mental Health Access Parity

by Sara Heath

When compared to access opportunities for physical health treatment, mental health access leaves something to be desired, according to a recent report from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Healthcare payers and...

NPs, PAs Could Reduce Primary Care Physician Shortage Nearly 70%

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry is facing a primary care physician shortage that threatens patient access to care in coming years. Leaning on non-physician clinicians such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could reduce...

CMS Announces Patient Navigator Funding, Enrollment Changes

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced the recipients of $10 million grant funding for patient navigator programs, considerably slashing the resources states will have to connect patients with comprehensive health insurance. The patient navigator program was...

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...

Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care to Achieve Zero Suicide

by Sara Heath

A Zero Suicide Initiative at the Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has underscored the importance of holistic, team-based care. Through integrated mental health and primary care, the health system has leaned on system-wide care...

Key Steps for Tackling Provider Shortages, Patient Care Access Gaps

by Sara Heath

The United States is staring down a significant provider shortage, raising questions about how to ensure seamless patient care access in a rapidly changing environment. As of 2016, the healthcare industry lacked 20,000 primary care...

How Does Provider Burnout Impact Patient Care Quality, Care Access?

by Sara Heath

Provider burnout has reached staggering levels, leaving healthcare professionals to consider the impacts the issue will have on patient care quality and care access. “The health care environment—with its packed work days,...

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