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Funding Aids FQHCs in Patient-Centered Medical Home Models

June 27, 2017 - Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and safety net clinics can successfully reach patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation with adequate government funding, according to a recent RAND Corporation report. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed FQHCs enrolled in the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration. CMS...


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UCLA Program Drives Healthcare Access with Immigrant Docs

by Sara Heath

The UCLA International Medical Graduate Program aims to assist legal immigrants in obtaining their US board certification and funnel more clinicians toward medically-underserved regions that want for healthcare access. The program enrolls legal...

77% of Patients Want Access to Virtual Care, Telehealth

by Sara Heath

Patient demand for virtual care and telehealth access is high despite some provider viewpoints, according to recent data from the Advisory Board. The Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which included over 5,000 patients across the country,...

AHA-Backed Doc Shortage Bills Drive Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The AHA has given its seal of approval on a new Senate bill to reduce doctor shortages that could have adverse effects on patient access to care. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S.1301) serves as companion legislation to a similar...

3 Steps to Improving Appointment Scheduling for Patients

by Sara Heath

Ensuring seamless appointment scheduling for patients is a critical part of getting patients in the office door and engaging with their healthcare. However, healthcare organizations are falling short on this front, highlighting a need for appointment...

Using Microhospitals to Support Patient Emergency Care Access

by Sara Heath

Microhospitals are proving that in healthcare, bigger isn’t always better. Healthcare organizations are turning to these new facilities to expand patient access to emergency care as part of their efforts to meet increasing consumer needs....

AHA Calls for Personalized Care Access in Medicare Advantage

by Sara Heath

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans need to include more personalized care access options to meet patient needs, said the American Hospital Association in a recent letter to the House of Representatives. AHA submitted its letter to the House Ways and...

VA Drives Plans for Patient Education, Experience Improvement

by Sara Heath

The VA Health Administration implemented an online tool to drive patient education about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health treatment options. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid outlines different evidence-based treatments,...

Patients Say Primary Care Access Pushes Health Industry Growth

by Sara Heath

Patients agree that primary care access is key to improving the healthcare industry, and they want to see better support for patients and primary care physicians, according to a survey from Health is Primary, a campaign hosted by Family Medicine...

Rising Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Spur Patient Financial Woes

by Sara Heath

Out-of-pocket drug costs are growing, with 25 percent of patients paying more for their prescriptions now than they did one year ago, showed a survey from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The survey of 1,000 prescription-taking patients found...

Walgreens Partnership Boosted Patient Mental Health Screening

by Sara Heath

A partnership between Walgreens and Mental Health America (MHA) resulted in an increase in patients screening for mental health and taking the steps to manage a mental illness. The partnership, forged last year, included an online platform on...

Using Onboarding Automation to Drive Specialty Care Access

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare market becomes increasingly competitive, many specialty practices are looking for the safest and most streamlined strategy to increase patient volume. For many facilities, that means turning to onboarding automation, ensuring...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

by Sara Heath

The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

AHA Lauds Bill for Patient Access to Rural Emergency Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to rural emergency hospitals has been introduced to Congress, according to multiple sources. The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act would create a new rural emergency hospital classification...

Bill Urges More Patient Access to Physician-Owned Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford introduced a Senate bill to repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) bans on new construction of physician-owned hospitals (POHs). Bill supporters say the bans currently limit patient healthcare access. The Patient Access...

Patients Need Help Receiving Chronic Illness Social Support

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals must educate patients about the importance of social support when facing a chronic illness, according to a report from The Parkinson’s Alliance. The report featured findings from a survey of over 1,400 individuals...

Rural Patients Gain More Telehealth Access in New WA Law

by Sara Heath

A new Washington state law to help expand patient access to telehealth services has earned the praise of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). The law, signed by the state’s governor Jay Inslee, clarifies the definition of “home”...

VA Deal Drives Patient Education on Mental Health Treatment

by Sara Heath

The VA and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFA) have partnered with Walgreens to improve patient education about mental healthcare access, suicide prevention, and opioid abuse. The partnership will support overcoming mental and behavioral...

Understanding Mental Barriers to Patient Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Clinicians looking to improve medication adherence amongst their chronic illness populations should look beyond the external barriers patients face. Clinicians must also be aware of the emotional and behavioral barriers patients face, according...

BCBS, Lyft Forge Deal for Patient Care Access, Transportation

by Sara Heath

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has announced a nationwide partnership with Lyft to support patient care access and fill transportation needs. This is a part of BCBSA’s overall strategy to address the social determinants...

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