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Patient Access to Care

Point-of-Care Price Transparency Needed for Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Three-quarters of patients experience “sticker shock” when prescribed a medication that was more expensive than they anticipated, according to a new survey from CoverMyMeds. These results highlight the need for better price...

Patients Unclear About Access to Telehealth Under their Health Plans

by Sara Heath

Nearly half of Medicare Advantage patients are unsure of whether their health plans cover access to telehealth or virtual care services, according to recent HealthMine data. The survey of just under 800 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries...

Clinicians Double Patient Access to Meds for Opioid Misuse in 2017

by Sara Heath

Clinicians are increasing patient access to medications commonly used to halt an opioid overdose and to treat substance abuse disorder, tackling the opioid crisis on the frontlines, according to the American Medical Association Opioid Task...

CMS Allows Medicare Advantage Plans to Adopt Step Therapy

by Sara Heath

CMS has given new authority to Medicare Advantage plans that allows those plans to negotiate lower drug prices. These new policies will specifically allow Medicare Advantage Plans to practice step therapy, which CMS says will create cost...

NEMT Patient Care Access Cuts $40K in Medicaid Patient Costs

by Sara Heath

Non-emergency medical transportation yields a considerable return on investment (ROI) as it helps with patient care access in chronic disease management, according to new data from the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC). On...

How Do Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions Impact Patients?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions have been the cause of considerable debate across the medical industry, calling into question the tools and scale necessary to thrive in current care models as well as the notion of anti-trust laws in...

Using Automated Patient Outreach to Improve Patient Communications

by Sara Heath

High-touch patient communication is one of the key elements of meaningful patient engagement. As providers work to get their patients in the clinic door for important screenings and preventive care, automated patient outreach tools have...

Walgreens Digital Health Tool to Drive Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Walgreens is stepping into the digital and connect health industry with the launch of its Find Care Now platform, a tool aimed at improving patient care access. The platform will connect patients with care services at various Walgreens...

HHS Final Rule Expands Patient Access to Short-Term Health Plans

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule expanding short-term health plans that will improve patient access to healthcare coverage, according to the agency. The final rule allows for the sale of...

Hospitals Say OPPS Proposed Rule Will Harm Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Hospital associations across the country are speaking out against the recent CMS proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule, stating that the rule will hinder patient access to care and increase out-of-pocket...

Patient Groups Advocate Patient Access to Care in Drug Blueprint

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health & Human Services’ drug pricing blueprint presents numerous opportunities to lower drug prices, but the agency should be wary of changes that would restrict patient access to care, the American Cancer...

CMS Proposed Rule to Let Patients Access Care at Preferred Sites

by Sara Heath

CMS has proposed changes to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) to create site-neutral payments, thus allowing senior patients to access the care they need in their preferred care site. Creating site-neutral...

Do Rideshare Tools Reduce Transport Barriers, Patient No-Shows?

by Sara Heath

Offering patients access to rideshare services can help address transportation barriers and decrease patient no-show rates by nearly one-quarter, according to recent research presented by Lyft in partnership with Hitch Health. The study...

Supporting Frontline Healthcare Workers in Clinician Shortage

by Sara Heath

Healthcare is facing an impending patient care access crisis as clinician shortage gaps continue to widen. But as medical experts work to address the growing clinician shortage issue, they must also consider shortages in frontline...

Consumer-Centric Healthcare Lags Amid Value-Based Care Priorities

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations aren’t making much progress in becoming more consumer-centric, even as industry forces are calling for better patient engagement and activation in healthcare, according to a recent report from healthcare...

FDA: Patient Access to OTC Drugs to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

by Sara Heath

A draft guidance from FDA will help patients navigate over-the-counter (OTC) drug alternatives for some of their usual, prescription chronic disease management drugs. Ideally, this will promote patient choice in their own medications and...

How to Drive Provider Buy-In for Telehealth, Virtual Care Tools

by Sara Heath

Patients and providers both agree that telehealth use and virtual care adoption will improve the patient experience, but providers are still slow to adopt these tools, according to a recent Deloitte report. Organizational leaders must...

Funding Deal to Address Provider Shortage, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

LA Care Health Plan has committed $31 million to creating programs that would funnel more doctors into high-risk patient populations, ideally closing patient care access gaps that are cropping up amidst the provider shortage. The...

FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

by Sara Heath

Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a...

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical...

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