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Patient Access to Care

Primary Care Access Key to Reduce Chronic Illness ED Utilization

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health are impacting primary care access, leading to a number of preventable emergency department (ED) visits among patients managing chronic illness, according to a recent analysis from the Center for Health...

Identifying Successful Community Health Programs to Address SDOH

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health (SDOH) may be commonly accepted as key to successful value-based care strategies, but the road to addressing those factors is less clear. With efforts to build community health programs in their nascency,...

More Nurse Practitioners Slated to Meet Patient Care Access Needs

by Sara Heath

Nurse practitioners are making their mark on patient care access as more NPs flood the healthcare jobs market, according to the 2018 National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The...

Wilkie: VA Care Access Standards Boost Quality, Not Privatization

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be revamping its patient care access standards as a part of the 2018 MISSION Act, a move the agency says will promote better patient care, not VA privatization, according to a recent statement...

Lyft Fills Medical Transportation Gaps for One-Third of Riders

by Sara Heath

Using ridesharing service Lyft to get to medical appointments has made patient care access less of a hassle, emphasizing the tool’s use as non-emergency medical transportation, according to Lyft’s annual Economic Impact...

VA Appointment Wait Times Shrink Shorter Than Private Sector

by Sara Heath

Appointment wait times at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are getting better, despite a negative public reputation to the contrary, according to new data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The...

Can SDOH Data Use and Policies Create Health Disparities?

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health have emerged as critical factors in driving value-based care and patient wellness programs. But could initiatives addressing the SDOH have unintended, negative consequences for patients? Potentially, says...

Cost Hampers Patient Care Access, Clinical Trial Participation

by Sara Heath

Patient care access and cost of care are considerable concerns for patients with muscular dystrophy and their family caregivers, with nearly half of patients saying cost is a major care access barrier, according to the ONEVoice survey from...

Patient Satisfaction of Telehealth Hinges on Convenience, Quality

by Sara Heath

Telehealth is a considerable driver of patient satisfaction, meeting patient expectations for convenient care access and care quality, according to new data from Massachusetts General Hospital. In fact, patient approval for telehealth may...

Patient Care Access Efforts Zero in on Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

Colorado is making strides in improving patient access to opioid treatment, but will require further progress to truly address the opioid crisis, according to a spotlight analysis of the state by Manatt Health in partnership with the...

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Housing Program to Address SDOH

by Sara Heath

New community health programs from Kaiser Permanente aim to address the homelessness issue that affects the Oakland, California, area as a part of the health system’s efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). In a...

Stanford Children’s Health Plans 2,500 Telehealth Visits for 2019

by Sara Heath

Stanford Children’s Health has vowed to double its telehealth appointments in 2019 in an effort to increasing convenient patient care access, according to a health system announcement. Over the past decade, telehealth has emerged as...

MA Attorney General Awards $3M for Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Thirteen community health groups will split nearly $3 million in grant funding from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Health. These grants will fund projects across the Commonwealth that aim to address the social...

Out-of-Pocket Insurance Costs Challenge Pre-Medicare Patients

by Sara Heath

The out-of-pocket costs of health insurance coverage is daunting for older adults who don’t yet qualify for Medicare, posing insurance and treatment access issues for this population, according to a recent AARP/University of Michigan...

Patient-Centered Care Coordination Key for MA Telehealth Plans

by Sara Heath

Although telehealth shows promise for driving more convenient patient care access, supporting that technology with effective care coordination and continuity will be essential to a quality patient experience, according to a recent comments...

AMA Calls to Eliminate Prior Authorization for MAT Patient Access

by Sara Heath

Eliminating prior authorization regulations will be essential for expanding patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), asserted American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny,...

National Health Rankings Highlight Health Disparities, SDOH

by Sara Heath

New insights about the nation’s health and life expectancy shines a light on the social determinants of health and how those factors impact health disparities and wellness in different communities. While the 2018 America’s...

HRSA Loan Repayment Program to Close Opioid Treatment Gaps

by Sara Heath

A new program from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) aims to fill opioid treatment access gaps in medically underserved areas. The National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program...

DE Faces PCP Workforce Decline, Patient Care Access Obstacles

by Sara Heath

The full-time equivalent (FTE) primary care physician (PCP) workforce in Delaware is down 6 percent since 2013, according to a recent study commissioned by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The report, which...

Rural Hospital Travel Times Increase, Hamper Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Individuals living in rural areas face nearly double the travel that those living in urban areas experience, according to an analysis from the Pew Research Center. Those long travel distances can cause considerable patient care access...

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