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Patient Access to Care

Understanding Health Equity in Value-Based Patient Care

by Sara Heath

Care quality, disease management, and genetic makeup are core parts of patient health. However, stakeholders must also acknowledge that patient health is much more than medical interventions. This is especially true with value-based patient care...

Financial Incentives Encourage HIV Patients to Access Treatment

by Sara Heath

Patients become more likely to access treatment when there is money to be gained, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. These recent findings add to the growing literature indicating that financial...

What are Healthcare Navigators, Patient-Centered Care Benefits?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare navigators are like the industry’s version of a car GPS. They help patients get from place to place in a healthcare system that can often be difficult to understand. But unlike GPS, healthcare navigators are not necessarily helping...

How Community Health Centers Support Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

Each year, HHS celebrates Community Health Centers week. It is a time where the agency recognizes the impact community health centers have on patient-centered care and how they promote access to care in vulnerable or medically underserved populations....

CMS Hospice Compare Site Displays Patient Satisfaction Scores

by Sara Heath

CMS has released its Hospice Compare website to help patients and their families make care decisions based on quality and patient satisfaction data. CMS is displaying quality of care and patient satisfaction information in an easy-to-understand...

Retail Clinic Access Bumps Patients Receiving Flu Shots Rate

by Sara Heath

Allowing pharmacists to give immunizations in the retail clinic offers a more convenient option for healthcare consumers, helping to increase the rate of patients receiving flu shots, according to research from the National Association of Drug...

Strategy Joins ED, PCPs to Drive Rural Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Strong partnership and care coordination between primary care providers and emergency departments could improve population health and patient access to care in rural regions, according to a trio of researchers. The proposed care model was published...

AMA Joins Org Targeting Patient Access to Specialist Care

by Sara Heath

The AMA has joined forces with the Human Diagnosis Project (Human Dx), an organization which seeks to help expand patient access to specialist care by digitally connecting providers to other specialists. Currently, 30 million patients are uninsured...

High Drug Costs Limit Patient Access to Treatment, Medication

by Sara Heath

Rising out-of-pocket patient costs are keeping patients from using two common heart medications, hindering patient access to treatment, according to an analysis from the Cleveland Clinic. Published as a letter to the editor in the most recent...

Doc Biases Hinder Patient-Provider Communication, Outcomes

by Sara Heath

Physician biases and disrespectful patient-provider communications have been linked to tangible, negative clinical outcomes, according to new research. Presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA),...

Wayfinding Apps Lead the Way to Positive Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

When Katie Logan began at Piedmont Health as vice president of experience, she was tasked with moving past traditional patient satisfaction measures and uncovering specific and positive patient experience improvements. Logan’s efforts led...

House Passes Emergency Funds for Veterans Choice, Care Access

by Sara Heath

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that offers emergency funding for the VA to help support veteran care access. The bill is expected to see Senate debate before the two-week August recess. The bill allocates $3.9 billion...

Medicaid Plans Outscore Private Plans on Consumer Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Patients covered under Medicaid plans give the federal payer a higher consumer satisfaction rating than patients covered under private insurance plans, primarily due to better provider choice in the Medicaid program, according to a new survey...

CVS Health Deal Drives Patient Care Access, Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

CVS Health MinuteClinic and Cleveland Clinic have extended their partnership to drive care coordination between the two providers, helping to improve seamless patient care access in Northeast Ohio and Florida. CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic...

PCORI Funds Shared Decision-Making, Patient Care Access Studies

by Sara Heath

News out of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is promising for healthcare stakeholders looking to advance shared decision-making and patient care access. PCORI has authorized $6.5 million in funding for a new initiative...

3 Factors Swaying Patient Decisions for Treatment Facilities

by Sara Heath

In the age of healthcare consumerism, patients are increasingly activated in their own healthcare. This includes in making decisions for treatment facilities at which patients wish to receive their care. Patients are largely spending their own...

FDA Expanded Patient Medication Access Program Successful

by Sara Heath

The FDA has successfully enacted its expanded patient medication access program, which allows patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses access to medications that have not yet moved past the clinical trial period, according to a report...

Centralized Appointment Scheduling Aids Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

Centralized management tools are critical in healthcare, especially as the industry is increasingly marked by hospital mergers and healthcare acquisitions. Health system leaders can use centralized appointment scheduling to manage multiple patient...

Retail Clinics Expand Convenient Patient Access to Lab Services

by Sara Heath

Seven Walgreens retail clinic locations will now host LabCorp testing, offering patients convenient access to lab services. Walgreens and LabCorp formed this partnership in an effort to increase the number of healthcare services patients can...

Medical Resident Shortage Hinders Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Medical residents beginning their careers are unevenly concentrated in the Northeast and urban regions of the United States, potentially exacerbating clinician shortages and hindering rural patient care access, according to an assessment from...

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