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Industry Groups Urge Congress to Re-Fund Community Health Centers

January 31, 2018 - A group of 75 leading healthcare industry organizations have penned a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to reauthorize and fully fund community health centers. Not doing so would considerable impede patient access to healthcare, the signatories suggested. Funding for community health centers (CHCs) lapsed on September 30, 2017, the same day the Children’s Health Insurance...


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Hospital Funds $250K in Housing Aid, Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

The University of Illinois Hospital has reinvested $250,000 into their Better Health Through Housing program, which helps address the social determinants of health such as housing security. The social determinants of health are external factors...

How Can Health Orgs Address the Social Determinants of Health?

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health are an increasingly important concept in value-based healthcare. Defined as the external factors that affect patient health, the social determinants of health can influence whether a patient develops a chronic...

How Medical Legal Partnerships Support Community Health Projects

by Sara Heath

On a phone call with a legal firm two years ago, Cook County Health & Hospitals Systems (CCHHS) Director of Policy Kathy Chan knew she was on the cusp of bringing community health to the Chicago area through medical legal partnerships. The...

How Community Health Centers Support Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

Each year, HHS celebrates Community Health Centers week. It is a time where the agency recognizes the impact community health centers have on patient-centered care and how they promote access to care in vulnerable or medically underserved populations....

Using Risk Stratification in Patient Engagement Strategies

by Sara Heath

As healthcare professionals continue to develop meaningful patient engagement strategies, they should consider using risk stratification to determine how and with which patients providers will engage. Risk stratification is “the process...

Using Social Determinants of Health in Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health (SDOH) are becoming increasingly relevant in the healthcare space. As the healthcare industry continues toward patient-centered care, experts are exploring patient health outside of the hospital’s four...

Pop Health Data Needed for Future Patient Engagement Tech

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals are increasingly looking into patient engagement technology solutions that help them determine how and when to best engage a healthcare consumer, according to a report from Black Book Research. The report includes testimony...

Patient Education Reduces Costs, Boosts Asthma Outcomes

by Sara Heath

Community-based patient education programs can help improve asthma management, resulting in better patient knowledge of their condition, lower healthcare utilization, and lower overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study published in...

“Nonstop” Patient Engagement Requires More Provider Outreach

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement is often touted as a key to driving value-based healthcare, but determining how to conduct patient outreach can be difficult.  As the healthcare system moves away from “sick care” towards a wellness-driven...

New AMA Mapping Tool to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

by Sara Heath

A new geographic mapping tool from the American Medical Association could help providers identify underserved regions, enabling them to boost patient access to healthcare. According to a press release, the mapping tool is an improved version...

Can Online Articles Improve Patient Education, Engagement?

by Sara Heath

Informational blogs and research summaries can be useful in improving patient engagement and patient education, shows a recent study. The study, led by researcher Anthony J. Levinson, MD, centered on the blog posts included in the McMaster Optimal...

3 Key Strategies for Supporting Patient Self-Management

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement strategies are necessary for an in-depth and productive care encounter, and they are also important for inspiring lasting patient self-management habits. When patients are fully engaged in their healthcare, they are more likely...

Health IT Communication Tools Key for Quality Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

For Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS), a well-connected health IT infrastructure with a focus on communication and patient engagement tools has pulled double duty: not only does it help clinicians deliver a high quality patient experience,...

How Can Wellness Programs Improve to Boost Patient Motivation?

by Sara Heath

Understanding what motivates patients to improve their health and wellness remains a long-standing challenge for providers. Investigating patient wellness programs may be key to understanding the truth behind patient motivation. Two recent studies,...

Can Patient Portal Interventions Improve Flu Vaccination Rates?

by Sara Heath

Although the height of flu season is winding down, researchers are working on patient engagement strategies through patient portal interventions to promote flu vaccination going forward. In a recent article published in the Journal of Medical...

Easier Appointment Scheduling Can Boost Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Developing strong patient engagement strategies is critical for any provider, particularly in this value-based healthcare world, but facilitating actual access to care may be an equally critical hurdle. According to Irene Vergules, a medical...

VA Boosts Patient Access to Care, Engagement Strategies

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) is boosting veteran’s access to care by improving its patient engagement strategies, according to David J. Shulkin, MD, VA’s undersecretary for health. During the Association for Healthcare...

Healthcare Execs Focus on Patient Engagement, Population Health

by Sara Heath

Healthcare executives are paying close attention to patient engagement and population health, according to the Advisory Board Company’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey. While the healthcare industry shifts its focus towards value-based and...

3 Patient-Centered Steps to Reduce Medication Non-Adherence

by Sara Heath

Medication non-adherence is a significant population health issue, with a price tag totaling millions of dollars per year in avoidable costs. When confronting the issue, healthcare professionals don’t just face the challenges of creating...

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