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Access Falters Amidst Good Patient Primary Care Relationships

October 2, 2017 - 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 Pennsylvania. The survey of 1,700 adult patients found that 59 percent of patients think their primary care provider cares about them on a personal...


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CMS Primary Care Models Drive Modest Patient Experience Gains

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Does the ACA Drive Patient Access to Primary Preventive Care?

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Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

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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

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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

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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...

HHS Funds Facility Expansion to Boost Patient Access to Care

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a total of $260 million worth of funding toward the renovation of various primary care facilities, helping to improve care quality and patient access to care, according to a press...

Why Patient-Centered Care Coordination Must Start with PCPs

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