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Patient Access to Care

CMS Updates Aim to Improve Patient-Centered Care, Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a slew of final rules aimed at reducing administrative simplification and improving patient-centered care. Late last week, CMS finalized its 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS),...

Focus on Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity Grows

by Sara Heath

University medical and public health schools are investing in community health groups working to address issues of health equity and the social determinants of health. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health...

How Does Physician Burnout Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

Physician burnout is reaching new heights. And as more doctors look to make their next moves in a career that leaves them stressed and unsatisfied, the industry faces threats to patient care access. The physician burnout epidemic has...

Medicare Advantage Propose to Expand Patient Access to Telehealth

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced plans to modernize Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. Updates will expand patient access to care by adding telehealth as a covered benefit. The agency says it will update the way it reimburses providers to make it...

How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

NYU Taps Telehealth to Boost Patient Care Access for Urgent Needs

by Sara Heath

Telehealth technology is revolutionizing patient care access for urgent care needs at NYU Langone Health. A new virtual care platform will now allow patients to access urgent care in a more cost-effective and convenient manner. The...

CMS Model to Push Care Access for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder

by Sara Heath

CMS is launching a new Medicaid care model that will improve care coordination, behavioral health integration, and access to care for expectant and new mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD). The Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model aims to...

Aiming for Success in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model

by Sara Heath

Evolution and adaptability are essential for healthcare organizations aiming to thrive in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models. As the healthcare industry continues to change, organizations need to be ready to address changing...

Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

by Sara Heath

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the...

Medicaid Expansion States Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

by Sara Heath

Low-income adult patients living in Medicaid expansion states tend to have better access to healthcare services than patients living in non-expansion states, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The...

CMS Releases Quality Star Ratings for Medicare Plan Patient Access

by Sara Heath

CMS has released the quality star ratings for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, according to a public statement. This move comes ahead of the open enrollment session and as a part of the agency’s efforts...

Physician Assistant Market Poised to Fill Patient Care Access Gaps

by Sara Heath

The job market for certified physician assistants (PAs) remains strong as healthcare organizations use non-physician clinicians to support patient care access amidst the provider shortage issue, according to new data from the National...

CMS Revises Medicare Program Manual to Boost Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

CMS has made revisions to Medicare’s Program Integrity Manual in an effort to improve patient access to care services and healthcare devices. The revisions will make it easier for Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to...

Nurse Staffing Ratios Tied to High Costs, Patient Safety Savings

by Sara Heath

A Massachusetts ballot question considering mandated nurse staffing ratios will cost the Commonwealth, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations because of increased staffing needs, according to an analysis from the Massachusetts...

Payer Awards $2M for Social Determinants of Health, Community Health

by Sara Heath

The Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grant funding to 25 non-profit organizations working to address the social determinants of health. These grants come as a part of the Aetna Foundation’s Building Healthy...

Do Hospital Closures Impact Rural Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Rural regions are experiencing hospital closures at a disproportionate rate, putting patient access to care at risk, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Between 2013 and 2017, 64 of the 2,400...

Quality Standards to Support Patient Experience Via Telehealth

by Sara Heath

ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI), a third-party healthcare accrediting program, has developed a set of accreditation modules for telehealth and remote patient monitoring geared toward ensuring these tools improve patient care access...

Patient Access to Care, Preventive Care Key for Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

Improving preventive care, increasing patient access to care, and addressing societal stigma will be the linchpins in addressing the opioid crisis that ravages the nation, according to a new report from the Surgeon General. The report,...

How Community Care Coordination Drove Down Avoidable ED Visits

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry is grappling with issues tied to avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, a costly trend that serves as an important indicator of lacking care management. In Milwaukee, a community organization is working to...

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