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Patient Access to Care

Key Steps for Tackling Provider Shortages, Patient Care Access Gaps

by Sara Heath

The United States is staring down a significant provider shortage, raising questions about how to ensure seamless patient care access in a rapidly changing environment. As of 2016, the healthcare industry lacked 20,000 primary care...

How Does Provider Burnout Impact Patient Care Quality, Care Access?

by Sara Heath

Provider burnout has reached staggering levels, leaving healthcare professionals to consider the impacts the issue will have on patient care quality and care access. “The health care environment—with its packed work days,...

Nursing School Research Boosts Patient Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

A $2.5 million grant to the University of Arizona College of Nursing aims to provide patient access to the right kind of care for their unique needs. Specifically, the money will fund projects aimed at testing two approaches to mental...

How to Improve PBM Practices to Boost Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) companies need to retool their strategies to improve cancer patient access to care, according to a recent position paper published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The paper, published on...

What Role Do Call Centers Play in Patient Communications?

by Sara Heath

Call centers are beginning to fulfill growing and more diverse functions in healthcare organizations, delivering on both internal and patient communication needs, according to a recent Spok survey. The survey of about 400 healthcare...

RAND Tool Lists Hospital Rankings Based on Patient Preference

by Sara Heath

Hospital rating tools should allow patients to rank organizations based off the quality metrics that are important to patients themselves, according to researchers from the RAND Corporation. Such functionality is essential for integrating...

CMS Rule May Reduce Reporting Burden, But Harm Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Proposed changes for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would effectively put “patients over paperwork,” helping to deliver on a promise from CMS to improve patient-centered care and patient care access, said the American Medical...

AMA: Visas Key to Closing Physician Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The AMA is calling on US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work through its backlog of H-1B Visas to allow non-resident physicians to practice in the country. Non-resident physicians play a significant role in closing...

Refining Price Transparency Tools to Increase Patient Use, Cut Costs

by Sara Heath

With patient financial responsibility posing a challenge throughout the healthcare industry, more healthcare experts are looking to price transparency to help patients make healthcare decisions and potentially decrease healthcare...

New Partnership to Support Preventive Care Access, Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

A new partnership between the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Camden Center of Healthcare Providers, and Health Quality Partners aims to improve primary care access and care quality. The partnership, backed by $605,000 from the...

Retail Chain Deals to Improve Patient Care Access, Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

A new partnership between healthcare payer Anthem and Walmart will improve patient care and more affordable access to over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The program, set to launch in January 2019, will allow beneficiaries of...

VA Sees Issues with Caregiver Program Ahead of MISSION Act Expansion

by Sara Heath

The VA has failed to adequately monitor its Caregiver Assistance Program, leading to limitations on patient care access and insufficient program discharge processes, according to a recent analysis from the VA’s Office of Inspector...

Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems

by Sara Heath

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is suffering from a clinician shortage, managing a 25 percent provider vacancy rate across all IHS territories, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Clinician...

More Urgent Care, Retail Clinics Offer Low-Cost Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Urgent care clinics and retail clinics are on the rise across the state of Massachusetts, offering more convenient patient care access for a low cost, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC). The...

HHS Awards $125M to Support Community Health Centers, Patient Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has awarded $125 million in grant funding to community health centers in an effort to improve patient access to care in high-risk and high-needs areas. These awards come as a part of the...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Primary Care, ACO Success

by Sara Heath

Could integrating the patient-centered medical home into accountable care organizations be the key to driving care quality and cost savings? According to one new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), it could...

How Nurse Staffing Ratios Impact Patient Safety, Access to Care

by Sara Heath

A Massachusetts ballot question has the healthcare industry debating nurse staff ratios and how they can impact patient safety and patient access to care. The ballot question at hand involves An Act relative to patient safety and hospital...

CVS Health Introduces Access to Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Tool

by Sara Heath

CVS Health is rolling out its own direct-to-consumer telehealth option associated with its MinuteClinic offerings. The 24-hours service will facilitate patient access to care for minor health issues, injuries, and dermatological...

Creating Community Health, Social Programs to Drive Health Equity

by Sara Heath

Healthcare industry leaders have made it part of their mission to drive health equity, giving all patients equal opportunity to achieve wellness. But as many organizations work toward this goal by expanding patient access to care, others...

How Does Step Therapy Impact Patient Care Access, Costs?

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry grapples with growing prescription drug costs, patients are feeling the burden with higher patient financial responsibility. Step therapy has long been one strategy to quell those growing costs, but what are the...

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