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Patient Access to Care

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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