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Patient Access to Care

Supporting Frontline Healthcare Workers in Clinician Shortage

by Sara Heath

Healthcare is facing an impending patient care access crisis as clinician shortage gaps continue to widen. But as medical experts work to address the growing clinician shortage issue, they must also consider shortages in frontline...

Consumer-Centric Healthcare Lags Amid Value-Based Care Priorities

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations aren’t making much progress in becoming more consumer-centric, even as industry forces are calling for better patient engagement and activation in healthcare, according to a recent report from healthcare...

FDA: Patient Access to OTC Drugs to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

by Sara Heath

A draft guidance from FDA will help patients navigate over-the-counter (OTC) drug alternatives for some of their usual, prescription chronic disease management drugs. Ideally, this will promote patient choice in their own medications and...

How to Drive Provider Buy-In for Telehealth, Virtual Care Tools

by Sara Heath

Patients and providers both agree that telehealth use and virtual care adoption will improve the patient experience, but providers are still slow to adopt these tools, according to a recent Deloitte report. Organizational leaders must...

Funding Deal to Address Provider Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

LA Care Health Plan has committed $31 million to creating programs that would funnel more doctors into high-risk patient populations, ideally closing patient care access gaps that are cropping up amidst the provider shortage. The...

FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

by Sara Heath

Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a...

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical...

Intermountain Alliance to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Intermountain Healthcare plans to invest $12 million in programs to coordinate community care services that address the social determinants of health in two Utah cities, the organization recently announced. These funds will bolster the...

VA Partnership to Drive Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Veteran & First Responder Healthcare (VFR Healthcare) to improve patient access to mental healthcare. This comes as a part of the organizations’ efforts to address rising...

Top Challenges Impacting Patient Access to Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Patient access to healthcare sets the baseline for all patient encounters with the healthcare industry. When a patient cannot access her clinician, it is impossible to receive medical care, build relationships with her providers, and...

60% of Orgs Use Tools to Monitor Patient Wait Times, Appointments

by Sara Heath

Most healthcare organizations are using wait lists to keep track of growing patient wait times, highlighting some effort to understand the issue, according to a recent MGMA Stat Poll. The survey of 1,300 organization leaders found that 61...

Nurses Call for Expanded Scope of Practice to Fill VA Care Gaps

by Sara Heath

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). This comes following recent findings that VA has...

Digital Patient Intake Technology Gaining Popularity in Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Patient intake technology is changing how healthcare organizations are approaching patient registration by offering a more streamlined and efficient approach to the task, according to a recent report from KLAS Research. Traditionally,...

Consumer-Centered Healthcare Improves, Focus on Innovation Key

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations are making strides toward more consumer-centered healthcare, putting special focus on better patient access to care and positive hospital experiences. However, more progress is necessary to true evolve into a...

VHA Making Progress in Physician Recruitment, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) has made some improvements to how it monitors clinician recruitment and retention across the country, but more progress is needed to fill patient care access gaps, according to recent...

Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Humana and Walgreens have announced a partnership to bring pharmacy, primary care, and health plan wellness services under the same roof, ideally improving patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program will be a part of...

Health Consumers Focus on Patient Wellness, Value-Based Care Access

by Sara Heath

Patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their own health, focusing on elements of overall patient wellness and mental health, according to a recent survey from Aetna. The Health Ambitions study, which included a survey of...

How APRN, PA Scope of Practice Changes Boost Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Overhauls to scope of practice (SOP) laws for advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) could improve practice efficiency and increase patient care access, according to a recent report from the Brookings...

VA Patient Appointment Schedule Tool Receives GAO Approval

by Sara Heath

The VA’s patient appointment scheduling system meets all of the standards outlined in the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The analysis reviewed a pilot...

FDA Recommits to Patient-Centered Care, Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The FDA is continuing its efforts for patient-centered care, releasing two separate statements focused on incorporating patient voice into medical product development and improving patient access to affordable drugs. The first statement...

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