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How Emergency Medical Centers Create Rural Patient Care Access

November 22, 2017 - Congress and state governments should relax regulations that would allow more hospitals to transition to emergency medical centers (EMCs), helping to meet patient care access demand while cutting inpatient costs, according to a guide from the American Hospital Association (AHA). EMCs are healthcare facilities that meet emergency health needs on an outpatient basis. EMCs are best suited for...


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How to Support Patient Access to Care in Frontier Communities

by Sara Heath

Healthcare policymakers should consider a new payment strategy to help support patient access to care in frontier communities, said AHA in a new guidebook on the topic. Published by the AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,...

CVS Health Funding to Support Veteran Access to Healthcare

by Sara Heath

CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have awarded $580,000 in grant funding to Easterseals organizations across the country to improve veteran access to healthcare and smoking cessation programs. The awards, granted in honor of Veterans Day,...

How Do Provider Profiles Influence Patient Care Access Decisions?

by Sara Heath

Do patients make care access decisions based on provider credentials, or on appointment availability? The answer may depend on what kind of provider profile and reviews patients consult, according to one new survey. The review of 1,100 patients...

Using Urgent Care Centers to Support Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Urgent care centers are effective for overcoming patient care access issues in medically underserved areas, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). As a part of its Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities, AHA recently...

CMS to Expand Patient Access to Treatment for Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a new initiative to allow states to design their own programs to expand patient access to treatment for substance abuse and opioid misuse disorders. This move comes as a part of the administration’s efforts to combat the...

Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

by Sara Heath

Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests that...

HHS Lacks Measures for Patient Treatment Access for Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

As a part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, HHS has worked to expand patient access to treatment for opioid misuse. However, the agency has not adopted adequate measures to assess the success of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)...

Partnerships with Hospitals, Clinics Up Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

 Sharing clinicians between larger academic medical centers and rural health centers is a cost-effective method for improving rural patient care access in medically underserved areas, according to new research. The research, presented at...

APRN Students Improve Doc Shortage, Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The Graduate Nurses Education (GNE) demonstration project funded by CMS helped increase the number of enrolled and graduated advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students, according to a recent HHS report. This will ideally help close clinician...

FDA Drafts Provisions to Boost Patient Access to Medical Devices

by Sara Heath

The FDA plans to improve patient access to medical devices by streamlining the agency’s regulatory actions, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced. In a public statement, Gottlieb reiterated the agency’s commitment to improving...

CVS Deal to Support Affordable Drugs, Patient Treatment Access

by Sara Heath

CVS Health and Epic Systems have announced a partnership for improving visibility of low-cost drug alternatives. The strategy should help patients overcome high drug costs barriers, which can often prohibit patient treatment access. CVS Health...

VA Sends Congress Draft Proposal for Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs presented its Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act to the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. The proposed draft is a Veterans Choice Program revamp that gets rid of the...

Patients Concerned About Financial Responsibility, Health Costs

by Sara Heath

Growing patient financial responsibility and health costs are key concerns for patients, with 90 percent expressing worry about affording their own treatments, according to the 2017 Physicians Foundation Patient Survey. The biennial survey of...

Tapping Non-Physician Clinicians to Address Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry faces a pressing physician shortage issue that is shaping up to harm quality patient care access. Industry leaders should look to non-physician clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, to close...

How Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Impact Patient Treatment Access

by Sara Heath

The rising cost of healthcare is a fundamental impediment to patient treatment access. As drug costs continue to climb, patients are seeing limited opportunity to access the medications and therapies necessary to overcome their health conditions....

FDA Must Clarify Outcomes Data Use in Expanded Access Drug Program

by Sara Heath

FDA must communicate clearer intent for outcomes data use in its expanded access program. This will ensure that drug manufacturers participate in the program and offer broader treatment access to extremely sick patients, according to a new Government...

Partnership to Destigmatize Patient Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

California-based Sutter Health and Mental Health America have forged a partnership to make it easier and more comfortable for patients to access mental healthcare. Nearly 40 million American adults live with some sort of mental of behavioral...

VA Must Vet Resources Aiding Patient Treatment Decisions

by Sara Heath

The VA’s care quality transparency on Hospital Compare and its own website help inform patient treatment decisions, found a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, the agency must do more to ensure the accuracy...

Access Falters Amidst Good Patient Primary Care Relationships

by Sara Heath

Despite reported positive patient and primary care provider relationships, patients still experience barriers accessing care but see the upsides of urgent and retail care clinic offerings, according to a survey from Mercy Health System of Southeastern...

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