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Patient Access to Care Low for One-Third of Mental Health Patients

February 14, 2018 - Only one-third of patients with a mental health diagnosis access some form of treatment, says a new dataset from Kaiser Permanente. These patient access to care issues affect different populations at higher rates, highlighting key care disparities across the mental healthcare spectrum. The research, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, looked at EHR and claims data for patients...


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How Useful is Ridesharing for Medical Transportation Barriers?

by Sara Heath

As healthcare organizations seek to address medical transportation barriers impeding patient access to care, they are tapping healthcare ridesharing apps to help ease patient burden. Ridesharing apps such as Uber or Lyft offer inexpensive trips...

Closing Mental Health Care Disparities by Targeting Cultural Needs

by Sara Heath

A culturally-sensitive care intervention that addresses the social determinants of health can reduce the care disparities that often arise between sociocultural groups accessing mental health treatment, according to a group of researchers from...

CHCs Weigh Cuts to Services, Patient Access to Care to Stay Afloat

by Sara Heath

Community health centers (CHCs), which have faced expired funding since the end of September, 2017, are starting to consider cutting key services that would put patient access to care in jeopardy, according to a recent survey from the Kaiser...

Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs to Rise for Medicare Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

Traditional Medicare beneficiaries can expect to spend nearly 20 percent of their total annual incomes on out-of-pocket healthcare costs by 2030, according to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report included data about out-of-pocket...

Industry Groups Urge Congress to Re-Fund Community Health Centers

by Sara Heath

A group of 75 leading healthcare industry organizations have penned a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to reauthorize and fully fund community health centers. Not doing so would considerable impede patient access to healthcare,...

What is Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Patient Access?

by Sara Heath

During patient wellness efforts and chronic care management plans, consistent and reliable patient access to care is essential. Non-emergency medical transportation is a core solution to patient care access among populations facing transportation...

Patient Education, Scheduling Fixes Shrink Patient No-Show Rates

by Sara Heath

A federally-qualified health center (FQHC) reduced patient no-show rates by 14 percent by implementing a four-pronged intervention that prioritized patient education, practice communication, and better appointment scheduling processes. The intervention,...

Medicaid Expansion Boosts Patient Access to Surgical Care

by Sara Heath

The Medicaid expansion prompted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped support patient access to surgical care, according to a group of researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published in JAMA Surgery,...

Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs Rise as Utilization is Unchanged

by Sara Heath

Patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket healthcare costs are increasing, despite the fact that healthcare utilization has remained stagnant, according to a recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). HCCI’s 2016...

How Cultural, Language Barriers Impact Positive Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

Cultural and language barriers keep patients and providers from building strong relationships, posing considerable obstacles to a positive patient experience, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. In a changing...

How Concierge Medicine Affects Patient Care, Financial Responsibility

by Sara Heath

In an industry facing constant evolution, healthcare has proven competent at healthcare delivery innovation. Among retail clinics, microhospitals, and other alternative care sites comes concierge medicine, a form of healthcare delivery marked...

Efficient Prior Authorization Key for Patient Access to Treatment

by Sara Heath

A group of healthcare industry leadership groups have banded together to improve the prior authorization process, in turn supporting streamlined patient access to treatment. The coalition – which includes the likes of the AMA, AHA, America’s...

Pilot Program Introduces Nurse Navigators to Fill Gaps in Care

by Sara Heath

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) are launching a joint pilot program connecting cancer patients with nurse navigators to fill gaps in care. When a patient is undergoing chemotherapy...

Proposed Bill to Protect 340B Program, Patient Access to Treatment

by Sara Heath

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), MD, has introduced legislation that would close hospital loopholes in the 340B Program, which helps low-income and uninsured patients access treatment and medications with fewer financial barriers. The 340B...

Supporting Patient Treatment Decisions with Compare Websites

by Sara Heath

Michigan patients can now view quality care and outcomes data on a single website to help inform patient treatment decisions thanks to efforts from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA). The organization has recently launched VerifyMICare.org,...

Executive Order Calls to Aid Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life. The order, titled “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed...

Assessing the Outcomes, Successes of Community Health Programs

by Sara Heath

Community health program leaders need to develop better measures to assess the success and efficacy of projects that address the social determinants of health, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Community health has been...

Hospital Funds $250K in Housing Aid, Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

The University of Illinois Hospital has reinvested $250,000 into their Better Health Through Housing program, which helps address the social determinants of health such as housing security. The social determinants of health are external factors...

What are the Pros and Cons of Retail, Urgent Care Clinics?

by Sara Heath

Retail and urgent care clinics are an ever-growing segment of the healthcare industry. These alternative treatment sites allow patients to receive care from qualified provider in settings outside of the traditional office or emergency department....

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