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Emergency Medical Transportation APM to Drive Patient Care Access

February 15, 2019 - The Department of Health & Human Services, alongside the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) have launched the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program. The advanced payment model (APM) will help drive patient care access to the right provider, at the right time, for a better cost. “This model will create a new set of incentives for emergency...


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Younger Patient Preferences Reveal Shift to Retail, Virtual Care

by Sara Heath

Generational differences in patient preferences and satisfaction are marking a transition toward more non-traditional care models, such as retail clinics, virtual care, and other digital engagement tools, according to a recent Accenture...

Despite Coverage Gains, Underinsurance Hampers Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Although more patients have access to health insurance, fewer have access to quality, comprehensive health plans just eight years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), posing a threat to patient care access, according to the...

Lyft Closes Medical Transportation Gaps for MA Members, Seniors

by Sara Heath

Rideshare company Lyft is working to close medical transportation gaps and improve patient access to care by revamping some of its services to better serve senior patient populations, the company said in a recent announcement. The ride...

Clinicians Doubt Patient Care Access, Costs Reduction Progress

by Sara Heath

Reducing patient healthcare costs and increasing patient access to care are key priorities in 2019, most clinicians agree, but there isn’t much hope that the industry will achieve these goals, according to a recent poll from...

91% of Docs Say Prior Authorization Delays Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

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...

Primary Care Access Key to Reduce Chronic Illness ED Utilization

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health are impacting primary care access, leading to a number of preventable emergency department (ED) visits among patients managing chronic illness, according to a recent analysis from the Center for Health...

Identifying Successful Community Health Programs to Address SDOH

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health (SDOH) may be commonly accepted as key to successful value-based care strategies, but the road to addressing those factors is less clear. With efforts to build community health programs in their nascency,...

More Nurse Practitioners Slated to Meet Patient Care Access Needs

by Sara Heath

Nurse practitioners are making their mark on patient care access as more NPs flood the healthcare jobs market, according to the 2018 National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The...

Wilkie: VA Care Access Standards Boost Quality, Not Privatization

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be revamping its patient care access standards as a part of the 2018 MISSION Act, a move the agency says will promote better patient care, not VA privatization, according to a recent statement...

Lyft Fills Medical Transportation Gaps for One-Third of Riders

by Sara Heath

Using ridesharing service Lyft to get to medical appointments has made patient care access less of a hassle, emphasizing the tool’s use as non-emergency medical transportation, according to Lyft’s annual Economic Impact...

VA Appointment Wait Times Shrink Shorter Than Private Sector

by Sara Heath

Appointment wait times at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are getting better, despite a negative public reputation to the contrary, according to new data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The...

Can SDOH Data Use and Policies Create Health Disparities?

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health have emerged as critical factors in driving value-based care and patient wellness programs. But could initiatives addressing the SDOH have unintended, negative consequences for patients? Potentially, says...

Cost Hampers Patient Care Access, Clinical Trial Participation

by Sara Heath

Patient care access and cost of care are considerable concerns for patients with muscular dystrophy and their family caregivers, with nearly half of patients saying cost is a major care access barrier, according to the ONEVoice survey from...

Patient Satisfaction of Telehealth Hinges on Convenience, Quality

by Sara Heath

Telehealth is a considerable driver of patient satisfaction, meeting patient expectations for convenient care access and care quality, according to new data from Massachusetts General Hospital. In fact, patient approval for telehealth may...

Patient Care Access Efforts Zero in on Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

Colorado is making strides in improving patient access to opioid treatment, but will require further progress to truly address the opioid crisis, according to a spotlight analysis of the state by Manatt Health in partnership with the...

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Housing Program to Address SDOH

by Sara Heath

New community health programs from Kaiser Permanente aim to address the homelessness issue that affects the Oakland, California, area as a part of the health system’s efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). In a...

Stanford Children’s Health Plans 2,500 Telehealth Visits for 2019

by Sara Heath

Stanford Children’s Health has vowed to double its telehealth appointments in 2019 in an effort to increasing convenient patient care access, according to a health system announcement. Over the past decade, telehealth has emerged as...

MA Attorney General Awards $3M for Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Thirteen community health groups will split nearly $3 million in grant funding from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Health. These grants will fund projects across the Commonwealth that aim to address the social...

Out-of-Pocket Insurance Costs Challenge Pre-Medicare Patients

by Sara Heath

The out-of-pocket costs of health insurance coverage is daunting for older adults who don’t yet qualify for Medicare, posing insurance and treatment access issues for this population, according to a recent AARP/University of Michigan...

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