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Patient Engagement Strategies

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...

Building Healthcare Partnerships to Drive Beneficiary Engagement

by Sara Heath

When it comes to beneficiary engagement, healthcare payers cannot go it alone. Strong healthcare partnerships with plan members, community stakeholders, and providers help payers understand the best avenues for member outreach. This much...

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...

Solo Docs Build Remote Teams to Tackle Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

It seems as though all clinicians have adopted some form of a chronic disease management strategy that engages patients in between visits and aims to quell the negative impacts of a chronic illness. But despite the universal imperative for...

How Patient Loyalty Supports Value-Based Care, Patient Wellness

by Sara Heath

Building strong patient loyalty has become a key goal in an increasingly competitive healthcare industry. In order to survive amongst the numerous healthcare options on the market, healthcare organizations need to become patients’...

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...

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...

CMS Overhauls ACO Programs, Pushes for Beneficiary Engagement

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a major overhaul of its accountable care organization (ACOs) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) model, aiming to tamp down on spending, drive healthcare transparency,...

Who are Community Health Workers, How Do They Treat Patients?

by Sara Heath

The transition to value-based care has expanded the definition of patient wellness to include both physical and social health. As patient care stretches into the community, the healthcare workforce begins to center on the community health...

How Telehealth Training Programs Drive Positive Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

With the growing popularity of remote patient care, telehealth training may be the new frontier. As more provider deliver care using telehealth, they need to learn how to reframe their patient-provider communication skills to drive patient...

Best Practices for Patient-Centered Appointment Agenda-Setting

by Sara Heath

A new study from the Mayo Clinic showed that doctors only spend about 11 seconds listening to a patient during appointment agenda-setting before interrupting the patient with their own viewpoint. These results point to a need to improve...

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...

Understanding the Power Hierarchy in Patient-Provider Relationships

by Sara Heath

The ideal patient-provider relationship will always include a mutual respect between both parties that then leads to a healthcare partnership. A true patient-provider partnership can lead to better care outcomes and deliver on value-based...

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...

What Are the Top Patient Engagement Measures in Value-Based Care?

by Sara Heath

With more providers turning to patient engagement to drive success in their value-based care models, they are working to tie those initiatives to actionable results. To meet that need, providers are tapping a variety of patient engagement...

Intermountain Alliance to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Intermountain Healthcare plans to invest $12 million in programs to coordinate community care services that address the social determinants of health in two Utah cities, the organization recently announced. These funds will bolster the...

How Health Coaches Drive Patient Healthy Behavior Change

by Sara Heath

Overall patient wellness and promoting healthy behavior change in healthcare consumers has become a key concern for not only clinicians, but for healthcare payers as well. As more payer organizations work to improve patient engagement with...

60% of Orgs Use Tools to Monitor Patient Wait Times, Appointments

by Sara Heath

Most healthcare organizations are using wait lists to keep track of growing patient wait times, highlighting some effort to understand the issue, according to a recent MGMA Stat Poll. The survey of 1,300 organization leaders found that 61...

Why Patient Behavior Change Is Key for Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Chronic disease management may rank as one of the key priorities in the healthcare industry right now. With a multi-billion-dollar price tag, ensuring patients know how to manage their illnesses and prevent costly health episodes is a key...

VHA Making Progress in Physician Recruitment, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) has made some improvements to how it monitors clinician recruitment and retention across the country, but more progress is needed to fill patient care access gaps, according to recent...

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