PatientEngagementHIT

Patient Access to Care

Using Patient-Centeredness to Drive Practice Improvements

by Sara Heath

Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to supporting patient-centeredness. Between appointment scheduling and healthcare access, organizations must ensure processes are simple for all patients, including those who are generally healthy...

Pending Bills May Drive Care Access in Underserved Regions

by Sara Heath

Both houses of Congress have introduced companion bills to extend the Conrad State 30 Waiver program through 2021, according to multiple sources. The Conrad State 30 Waiver program drives care access allows state legislatures to extend visa waivers...

57% of Children Have Access to Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

by Sara Heath

Just over half of children have feasible access to a pediatric trauma care center that meets their unique needs, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Children who have suffered a severe and potentially...

Patients Prioritize Costs, Convenience when Selecting Docs

by Sara Heath

Healthcare costs and convenience are top of mind for patients when selecting their doctors, according to a report published by locum tenens provider Weatherby Healthcare. In a survey of nearly 500 adult patients, a research team found that 77...

Veterans Choice Program Extends Third-Party Care Options for Vets

by Sara Heath

President Trump has signed into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, according to multiple sources. The law will extend the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to access third-party care when experiencing extraordinary...

Payer Administrative Barriers Limit Access to Cancer Care

by Sara Heath

Healthcare payers should reform their utilization management strategies and reduce administrative barriers to better facilitate easy access to cancer care, says the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Utilization management strategies...

Is Yelp an Effective Patient Resource for Treatment Decisions?

by Sara Heath

Positive Yelp reviews are correlated with key clinical quality metrics, suggesting that the platform is an effective and accessible resource for patients making treatment decisions, according to a new report conducted by the Manhattan Institute...

VA Launches Center for Patient-Centered Healthcare Innovation

by Sara Heath

The VA has launched its Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) to help produce and deliver patient-centered healthcare innovations and treatment options to veterans. The CCI will explore cutting-edge medical therapies and emerging workflow...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

by Sara Heath

More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

VA Tool Shows Vets Healthcare Access, Care Quality Information

by Sara Heath

The VA Health Administration has launched an online quality of care and healthcare access tool to empower patients with more information to make better treatment choices. The tool allows patients to view and compare various aspects of healthcare...

Congress Advances Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according...

Using At-Home Treatment to Drive Patient Satisfaction, Access

by Sara Heath

At-home interactive voice recognition (IVR) therapies may be effective in improving chronic conditions without medication, driving various aspects of patient engagement (i.e. treatment access, feasibility, patient satisfaction), according to...

$1M Grant to Increase Patient Access to Free Clinic Care

by Sara Heath

The CVS Health Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million in grant funding to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), ultimately aiding 33 free health clinics across the country. These grants are geared toward improving...

Seamless Appointment Scheduling Fuels Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

In the age of patient-centered care and strong patient care priorities, healthcare organizations must focus on creating a seamless and satisfying experience for patients. A positive patient experience starts with the appointment scheduling process,...

33% of Primary Care Providers Also Deliver Palliative Care

by Sara Heath

About one-third of primary care physicians offer palliative care services, allaying some concern about a growing senior patient population and a shrinking palliative care workforce, according to research published in the Journal of the American...

Industry Deals Drive Patient Care Access, Provider Training

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professional societies and other stakeholders are partnering to increase clinical education and input to drive more patient healthcare access. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) recently announced its partnership...

Ridesharing Deal to Drive Timely Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

Lyft and American Medical Response (AMR) have partnered to provide easier transportation and healthcare access for patients receiving outpatient treatment. The partnership will support AMR’s One Call program, which allows patients to call...

Medicaid Patient Healthcare Access on Par with Private Plans

by Sara Heath

Medicaid-covered patients experience near equal healthcare access when compared to their privately-insured counterparts, according to a data note from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). “Given Medicaid’s major coverage role and the...

Convenient Telemedicine Access Reduces Travel, Healthcare Costs

by Sara Heath

Convenient telemedicine can save patients time and money, with these services producing over $100 in travel time cost savings, according to experts from the University of California Davis. Researchers, led by Chief of the UC Davis Division of...

mHealth Apps Offer Patient-Centered, Convenient Recovery Care

by Sara Heath

mHealth apps are helpful in reducing in-person care after surgery, presenting a viable patient-centered and convenient option for patients during post-operative follow-up care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. Offering convenient...

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