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Patient Access to Care

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...

Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times, Harms Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Doctors’ appointment wait times have increased by 30 percent since 2014, likely due to a growing number of insured patients and resulting physician shortages, according to a Merritt Hawkins survey. The survey of physician practices in 30...

Hospital Execs Keep Focus on Patient Engagement, Experience

by Sara Heath

Better patient engagement and consumer satisfaction remain among the top priorities for C-suite hospital executives, according to the 2017 C-suite survey from Premier, Inc. The survey of 63 healthcare executives revealed that healthcare organizations...

Clinical Trial Finder to Boost Patient Participation in Trials

by Sara Heath

The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has launched a brain tumor clinical trial finder to help boost patient participation in treatment development. Brain tumor clinical trials have seen limited patient engagement in recent years, likely because...

Does the ACA Drive Patient Access to Primary Preventive Care?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of patients receiving primary preventive care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. “A major goal of the Affordable Care...

Tom Price Comments on AHCA Impact on Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

  HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, has released an official statement explaining how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will support the patient-provider relationship and expand patient access to care. According to Secretary Price, the AHCA...

5 Patient-Centered Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

by Sara Heath

Patient safety is a key aspect of patient-centered care and is tied to the patient experience and health outcomes. However, all too often healthcare professionals view patient safety and patient-centered care as two different issues. Clinicians...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how both IHS...

WA Drug Price Transparency Bill to Reduce Patient Cost Burden

by Sara Heath

The Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill requiring drug manufacturers to offer better price transparency, helping to alleviate patient financial burden. Representative June Robinson sponsored the bill, which passed by a modest...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

by Sara Heath

Telehealth may improve patient access to healthcare services, but service over-utilization due to easier access may actually increase healthcare costs, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Telehealth access...

Inaccurate VA Wait Time Data Creates Healthcare Access Issues

by Sara Heath

A recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General shows that appointment wait times at the VA are longer than the agency is reporting. According to the brief, these inaccuracies are keeping patients from accessing Veterans Choice, a program...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

by Sara Heath

Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

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