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Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

June 21, 2018 - 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 Humana’s Partners in Primary Care Program, a care delivery platform aimed at connecting Humana’s Medicare beneficiaries with compassionate, holistic...


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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 1,000...

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 clockwork,...

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 reduce...

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 leave...

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 survey...

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 patient...

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 industry...

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 Southeastern...

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 Medicine. Increasing...

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 published...

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 and...

Funding Aids FQHCs in Patient-Centered Medical Home Models

by Sara Heath

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and safety net clinics can successfully reach patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation with adequate government funding, according to a recent RAND Corporation report. The study, published in...

Patients Say Primary Care Access Pushes Health Industry Growth

by Sara Heath

Patients agree that primary care access is key to improving the healthcare industry, and they want to see better support for patients and primary care physicians, according to a survey from Health is Primary, a campaign hosted by Family Medicine...

CMS Primary Care Models Drive Modest Patient Experience Gains

by Sara Heath

Primary care medical home models, such as the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative, have a modestly positive effect on patient experience scores, highlighting the value of these programs for improving patient care, according to a study...

Does the ACA Drive Patient Access to Primary Preventive Care?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of patients receiving primary preventive care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. “A major goal of the Affordable Care...

How Clinician Guidance Aids Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

Clinicians need better guidance about patient-provider communication to help facilitate stronger shared decision-making, patient goal-setting, and clinician advice-giving, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

by Sara Heath

Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

PCPs Instrumental in Basic Palliative Care, Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Primary care providers may be helpful in extending basic palliative care services to patients managing chronic illness and nearing the end of life, shows a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. According...

How PCPs Can Improve Mental Health Communication, Care Value

by Sara Heath

In order to improve communication about mental health issues and raise the quality of primary care, providers should consider taking their time with the patient and letting the patient guide the conversation, indicates a study published in the...

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