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Physician Primary Care Visits Make Way for Visits with PAs, NPs

November 15, 2018 - Fewer patients are visiting their primary care physicians, opting instead for visits with nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to a recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Office visits to primary care physicians dropped 18 percent between 2012 and 2016, HCCI stated in its Trends in Primary Care Visits report. The report included data about adult...


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How Do Mobile Health Clinics Impact Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Across the country, patients living in health deserts suffer from limited care access and other socioeconomic barriers to healthcare. But mobile health clinics are changing that, driving better patient access to care by pulling right into...

Patient Access to Care, Preventive Care Key for Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

Improving preventive care, increasing patient access to care, and addressing societal stigma will be the linchpins in addressing the opioid crisis that ravages the nation, according to a new report from the Surgeon General. The report,...

How Community Care Coordination Drove Down Avoidable ED Visits

by Sara Heath

The healthcare industry is grappling with issues tied to avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, a costly trend that serves as an important indicator of lacking care management. In Milwaukee, a community organization is working to...

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...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Primary Care, ACO Success

by Sara Heath

Could integrating the patient-centered medical home into accountable care organizations be the key to driving care quality and cost savings? According to one new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), it could...

Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Humana and Walgreens have announced a partnership to bring pharmacy, primary care, and health plan wellness services under the same roof, ideally improving patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program will be a part of...

Health Consumers Focus on Patient Wellness, Value-Based Care Access

by Sara Heath

Patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their own health, focusing on elements of overall patient wellness and mental health, according to a recent survey from Aetna. The Health Ambitions study, which included a survey of...

How Digital Patient Outreach Tools Boost Preventive Care Visits

by Sara Heath

For Dana Wolf, a quality programs lead at a South Carolina pediatric clinic, adopting text message-based patient outreach tools was like setting a slow cooker. Wolf and her team could onboard patients into the outreach system and, like...

Proposed Bill Calls for Primary Care Access for HDHP Beneficiaries

by Sara Heath

A new piece of legislation introduced to the House of Representatives would mandate two free primary care visits annually to high-deductible health plan beneficiaries. Ideally, this legislation would help overcome financial barriers that...

The Rise of Nurse Practitioners Amidst Provider Burnout, Shortages

by Sara Heath

Between increasing patient panels, evolving and often difficult-to-use technology, and the complications of federal quality reporting requirements, healthcare provider burnout is rampant. But as more providers suffer from burnout and even...

Primary Care Time Constraints Limit Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Despite the high importance currently placed on chronic disease management and patient wellness, most primary care providers say they don’t have enough time to address these issues with their older populations, according to a recent...

AAFP: Proposed CMS Payment Rule to Limit Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has numerous issues with a March 2018 CMS proposal that changes the way states reimburse for Medicaid primary care services. Specifically, the medical group says the proposal could harm...

Fragmented Mental Healthcare Stunts Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Mental and behavioral healthcare options are currently too fragmented to facilitate easy patient access to care, according to a survey of healthcare industry leaders in a recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Council report. The US healthcare...

Access Falters Amidst Good Patient Primary Care Relationships

by Sara Heath

Despite reported positive patient and primary care provider relationships, patients still experience barriers accessing care but see the upsides of urgent and retail care clinic offerings, according to a survey from Mercy Health System of...

Wellness Coordinators Deliver Patient Outreach in Rural Areas

by Sara Heath

Employing wellness coordinators is an effective strategy for increasing patient outreach and supporting widespread preventive care in rural areas, according to research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family...

Driving Employee Wellness Programs with Health Clinic Services

by Sara Heath

In between trips to the water cooler and the copy machine, employees at BAE Systems can get a strep test, right on site at the in-office health clinic. This employee wellness program has helped BAE Systems deliver elements of primary care...

Strategy Joins ED, PCPs to Drive Rural Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Strong partnership and care coordination between primary care providers and emergency departments could improve population health and patient access to care in rural regions, according to a trio of researchers. The proposed care model was...

Are Cash Incentives Effective in Driving Patient Motivation?

by Sara Heath

Cash incentives as little as $25 can be effective in increasing patient motivation and encouraging patients to visit a primary care provider, according to one new study. The report, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs,...

Engagement Strategies for the Patient-Centered Medical Home

by Sara Heath

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been around for decades, making its mark on primary care across the country. However, as healthcare has begun to embrace value-based care and quality improvement, the PCMH has become a popular...

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