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Patient Access to Care

Proposed Bill Calls for Primary Care Access for HDHP Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

A new piece of legislation introduced to the House of Representatives would mandate two free primary care visits annually to high-deductible health plan beneficiaries. Ideally, this legislation would help overcome financial barriers that...

The Rise of Nurse Practitioners Amidst Provider Burnout, Shortages

by Sara Heath

Between increasing patient panels, evolving and often difficult-to-use technology, and the complications of federal quality reporting requirements, healthcare provider burnout is rampant. But as more providers suffer from burnout and even...

AAFP: Proposed CMS Payment Rule to Limit Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has numerous issues with a March 2018 CMS proposal that changes the way states reimburse for Medicaid primary care services. Specifically, the medical group says the proposal could harm...

VA MISSION Act Passes Congress, Updates Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Senate has passed the VA MISSION Act, which overhauls the agency’s community health and Veterans Choice Programs and improves patient access to care. The bill now awaits the President’s signature and will likely be signed...

How School-Based Behavioral Health Addresses Care Gaps, SDOH

by Sara Heath

Inside Delaware’s Eisenberg Elementary School, a classroom that once housed desks, chalkboards, bookcases, and easels, is now a classroom with a fully-functioning pediatric clinic, complete with doctor’s checkups and even...

Are Providers Responsible for the Social Determinants of Health?

by Sara Heath

Medical professionals and other healthcare industry stakeholders need to develop strategies that allow clinicians to address the social determinants of health without adding to administrative burden and provider burnout, according to a...

CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy for Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a first-of-its-kind new strategy to support patient access to care in rural regions. Currently, one in five patients live in a rural area, which are typically characterized by limited access to quality healthcare....

House Presents Bill to Support Vets Choice, Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has introduced legislation that would overhaul the Veterans Choice program and provide funding to prevent a patient access to care issue in the VA. The Veterans Affairs Maintaining...

Can Peer Health Coaches Boost Patient Engagement in Drug Recovery?

by Sara Heath

Boston Medical Center (BMC) has launched a new program to improve patient engagement during opioid abuse recovery. The program, titled Project RECOVER (Referral, Engagement, Case management and Overdose preVention Education in Recovery),...

VA Requests Funds for Veterans Choice Program, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Robert L. Wilkie is calling on Congress to pass funding for the Veterans Choice Program, which aids patient care access for veterans facing extraordinary barriers. The Veterans Choice Program runs serious...

VA Boasts Broad Use of Connected Health for Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The VA is proving its chops in the connected health sphere, creating better patient access to care using digital tools, according to an Administration press release. Specifically, expanded telehealth access has allowed more patients to...

DTC Telehealth Ups Patient Access to Care in Natural Disasters

by Sara Heath

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth has proven an effective tool for creating patient access to care following a natural disaster, according to a new article published by RAND Corporation in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that...

Improvement Needed for Patient-Facing Cost Transparency Tools

by Sara Heath

The cost transparency tools that healthcare payers offer are generating some patient buy-in, but more work is still necessary for these tools to make a dent in growing patient financial responsibility, according to a recent report from the...

Telehealth Closes Patient Care Access Gaps in Rural Mississippi

by Sara Heath

Across the country, telehealth technology is helping to close care gaps in areas where healthcare consumers otherwise would face considerable patient care access challenges. Especially in rural regions, telehealth has allowed patients to...

Rural Areas Still Face Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access Snags

by Sara Heath

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...

Using Social Media for Public Health, Patient Behavior Change

by Sara Heath

Social media can be an effective tool for disseminating public health messages and support better patient access to mental healthcare, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. “Given the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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