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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fragmented Mental Healthcare Stunts Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Mental and behavioral healthcare options are currently too fragmented to facilitate easy patient access to care, according to a survey of healthcare industry leaders in a recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Council report. The US healthcare...

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

by Sara Heath

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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