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Patient Access to Care

How Can Health Pros Measure Rural Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

A new report from the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership underscores the importance of quality measures targeted specifically at rural health and patient access to care. The report focuses on the matters that are most...

Health Payer Coverage Access Cuts Patient Financial Strains

by Sara Heath

Patient access to comprehensive health payer coverage has reduced patients’ financial strains, according to new research from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. As patients gain access to...

Payers, Purchasers Must Guarantee Mental Health Access Parity

by Sara Heath

When compared to access opportunities for physical health treatment, mental health access leaves something to be desired, according to a recent report from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Healthcare payers and...

NPs, PAs Could Reduce Primary Care Physician Shortage Nearly 70%

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry is facing a primary care physician shortage that threatens patient access to care in coming years. Leaning on non-physician clinicians such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could reduce...

CMS Announces Patient Navigator Funding, Enrollment Changes

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced the recipients of $10 million grant funding for patient navigator programs, considerably slashing the resources states will have to connect patients with comprehensive health insurance. The patient navigator program was...

Experts State 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Harms Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

More healthcare industry leaders are expressing concerns over provisions included in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule, specifically stating that statutes to reduce reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services could...

Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care to Achieve Zero Suicide

by Sara Heath

A Zero Suicide Initiative at the Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has underscored the importance of holistic, team-based care. Through integrated mental health and primary care, the health system has leaned on system-wide 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...

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