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Patient Engagement Strategies

Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

by Sara Heath

Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests that...

HHS Lacks Measures for Patient Treatment Access for Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

As a part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, HHS has worked to expand patient access to treatment for opioid misuse. However, the agency has not adopted adequate measures to assess the success of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)...

Better Patient-Provider Communication Needed for Obesity Care

by Sara Heath

Patients with obesity lack the health literacy and diagnoses necessary to motivate them to access long-term care solutions, according to new research published in Obesity. These findings suggest that clinicians need to leverage better patient-provider...

How Motivation Tactics Spark Meaningful Patient Portal Adoption

by Sara Heath

Although most hospitals and providers offer patient portal access, there is still more to be done. Meaningful patient portal adoption is lagging as more providers look to their patient portals asking how to proceed. Ninety-five percent of hospitals...

How Can Mobile Patient Portals Boost Patient Portal Use Rates?

by Sara Heath

Although nearly 90 percent of hospitals and providers offer patient portal access, true patient portal adoption lingers at around 15 percent, according to Government Accountability Office data. Mobilizing the patient portal allows patients to...

Partnerships with Hospitals, Clinics Up Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

 Sharing clinicians between larger academic medical centers and rural health centers is a cost-effective method for improving rural patient care access in medically underserved areas, according to new research. The research, presented at...

Creating Positive Patient Experience in the Emergency Department

by Sara Heath

Understanding patient values and expectations is key to ensuring a positive patient experience in the emergency department, according to a new research from patient experience consulting firm Press Ganey. Performance Insights: Redesigning Healthcare...

APRN Students Improve Doc Shortage, Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The Graduate Nurses Education (GNE) demonstration project funded by CMS helped increase the number of enrolled and graduated advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students, according to a recent HHS report. This will ideally help close clinician...

How Patient Outreach Technology Can Support ACO Success

by Sara Heath

When Triad HealthCare Network (THN) became a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization (ACO) in 2012, the network’s director of accountable care operations, Elissa Langley, knew she and her team would need extensive...

4 Key Tips to Receive a 5 Star Online Provider Rating

by Sara Heath

Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of primary care providers have received a one-star rating on Vitals, displaying major patient satisfaction pitfalls in this area of medicine, according to a report from the online provider rating website. Although...

Cancer Care Groups Partner for Better Patient Navigator Services

by Sara Heath

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have formed a strategic national partnership to create comprehensive access to quality patient navigator services. The National Alliance Partnership...

Patient-Provider Communications Suffer from Language Gap Issues

by Sara Heath

There is a significant language gap between patients and providers, making it hard for patients with limited English proficiency to have meaningful patient-provider communications, according to a recent survey assessment from Doximity. The survey...

CVS Deal to Support Affordable Drugs, Patient Treatment Access

by Sara Heath

CVS Health and Epic Systems have announced a partnership for improving visibility of low-cost drug alternatives. The strategy should help patients overcome high drug costs barriers, which can often prohibit patient treatment access. CVS Health...

Improving Patient Satisfaction, Communication in 5 Minutes

by Sara Heath

Improving patient satisfaction in the hospital setting can take as little as five minutes, according to researchers from the University of Virginia Health System. Using five minutes to discuss patient well-being and symptoms is enough to improve...

VA Sends Congress Draft Proposal for Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs presented its Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act to the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. The proposed draft is a Veterans Choice Program revamp that gets rid of the...

Determining the Next Steps Following Patient Portal Adoption

by Sara Heath

Following two major regulatory pushes and widespread patient portal adoption in healthcare organizations nationwide, one question remains to be answered: What’s next? In the wake of meaningful use requirements and patient engagement parameters...

FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

by Sara Heath

FDA held its first Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) meeting on Wednesday, October 11, aiming to engage patients and caregivers in discussions regarding FDA’s regulatory activities. “The FDA’s work requires us to...

Patient Goals, Priorities Key for Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Taking a holistic, patient-centric approach to wellness is crucial to chronic disease management, according to recent research from the Christensen Institute. The paper argues that goal-setting outside of health outcomes will support a path toward...

Patient Access to Health Data, Patient Portal Use Increases

by Sara Heath

Patient access to health data is becoming a lot easier, but according to experts from AHIMA there is still some work to be done. In a survey presented at AHIMA’s 89th Annual Convention & Exhibit, researchers discussed the growing prevalence...

Driving Positive Patient Experiences During Patient Safety Events

by Sara Heath

Communication-and-resolution programs (CRPs) are essential for preserving positive patient experiences following hospital-related injuries or adverse patient safety events. However, not all hospitals are meeting patient expectations in this area,...

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