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Rural Areas Still Face Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access Snags

April 18, 2018 - Clinician shortage continues to be a problem in rural areas, according to a recent report focusing on shortage issues in Nebraska. The problem of having too few clinicians is hindering patient care access in rural regions, the report authors stated. The report, “The Status of the Healthcare Workforce in the State of Nebraska,” is the first report of its kind since researchers looked...


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VA Secretary Urges Congress to Improve Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie has called on Congress to vote on a revised version of the Veterans Choice Program targeted at improving patient access to care. Veterans Choice, which was enacted four...

What Are Microhospitals, Their Impact on Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Amidst the sea of healthcare access offerings, one new type of medical facility has seen an insurgence in popularity. Microhospitals are a new healthcare site supporting the growing need for convenient and accessible patient access to care. But...

Patient Access to Care Five Times Higher for Medicaid Patients

by Sara Heath

Patients with private health insurance or on Medicaid see better patient access to care and preventive services than patients without any type of health insurance, according to a new report from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)....

Doc Education Data Key for Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

HHS needs more information about graduate medical education (GME) to better assess GME enrollment, the national clinician shortage, and patient care access, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Graduate...

Lyft Partnership to Support Ambulatory Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

A new partnership between Acuity Link and Lyft will enable better patient access to care in the ambulatory, outpatient setting. Acuity Link is a non-emergency medical transportation provider with goals to over come transportation as a major social...

Long Appointment Wait Time a Detriment to High Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Long appointment wait times are emerging as major impediments to a quality patient experience, so much so that nearly one in five patients have switched providers when a wait time has become too long, according to the 9th Annual Vitals Wait Time...

Changes in ED, Clinic Use Mark Impacts on Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Urgent care clinics, retail clinics, and telehealth are getting more attention in recent years as alternative places of healthcare service, according to a recent analysis from FAIR Health. The rise in various healthcare delivery sites has had...

92% of Docs Say Prior Authorization Harms Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Ninety-two percent of clinicians say lengthy prior authorization protocols have impeded timely patient access to care and harmed patient clinical outcomes, according to a new survey released by the American Medical Association (AMA). Prior authorization...

Maintaining Patient Access to Care During Natural Disasters

by Sara Heath

As communities across the country are hit with natural disasters, healthcare organizations must create contingency plans to help preserve patient access to care during disaster recovery. According to new research published in the Journal of the...

BCBS Targets Medical Transportation, Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has created the Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute (BCBS Institute), an organization geared toward addressing the social determinants of health. BCBSI will begin its work by addressing transportation...

How to Use Patient Outreach Technology in Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

As medical practices seek to close gaps in care and reduce patient no-show rates, many may be turning to patient outreach technology to better connect with patients. But in an industry seeing technology emerge at lightning speed, some medical...

Health Systems Tap Patient Outreach Pros to Address Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

  Christiana Care Health System and New Castle County in Delaware have created a patient outreach program to help connect patients recently treated for opioid overdose with patient education and access to other behavioral health services....

Seniors Want Patient Engagement Technology for Care Management

by Sara Heath

Fifty-nine percent of senior patients (age 55 and older) have concerns about their healthcare going forward, according to a recent survey conducted by Toluna on behalf of Alignment Healthcare. Patient engagement technology will help seniors connect...

Solutions for Reducing Healthcare Appointment Wait Times for Patients

by Sara Heath

Long appointment wait times are an age-old problem in healthcare. While some patients find themselves waiting extraordinary times in the office waiting room, others are waiting days, weeks, or even months to get their foot in the door. Long appointment...

Uber Health Launches as Ridesharing Fills Patient Care Access Needs

by Sara Heath

Ridesharing company Uber has officially launched Uber Health, a platform specifically designed for patients with medical transportation and care access needs. Lack of transportation to a medical facility is an important social determinant of...

DoD Physician Shortage May Cause Lapse in Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the three military branches have insufficient strategies for recruiting military physicians, limiting patient access to care especially during wartime, according to a new report from the Government Accountability...

Clinician Training Courses Support Shared Decision-Making in Care

by Sara Heath

Patient and provider training courses may increase the efficacy of shared decision-making in multicultural behavioral health clinics, according to new research in JAMA Psychiatry. Shared decision-making has been touted as an effective strategy...

VA Launches Patient Access to Care Outreach Program for Vets

by Sara Heath

Many newly-discharged military personnel are unaware of the healthcare benefits the VA provides, limiting patient access to care. That is poised to change, as the VA launched its Concierge for Care program, a patient education initiative geared...

Patient-Centered Opioid Program Improves Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

A patient-centric approach to opioid dosage tapering can reduce the need for behavioral health specialists, thus improving patient access to the often-costly process of weaning off opioid treatments, according to a research letter published in...

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