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Emergency Medical Transportation APM to Drive Patient Care Access

February 15, 2019 - The Department of Health & Human Services, alongside the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) have launched the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program. The advanced payment model (APM) will help drive patient care access to the right provider, at the right time, for a better cost. “This model will create a new set of incentives for emergency...


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Lyft Closes Medical Transportation Gaps for MA Members, Seniors

by Sara Heath

Rideshare company Lyft is working to close medical transportation gaps and improve patient access to care by revamping some of its services to better serve senior patient populations, the company said in a recent announcement. The ride...

Primary Care Access Key to Reduce Chronic Illness ED Utilization

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health are impacting primary care access, leading to a number of preventable emergency department (ED) visits among patients managing chronic illness, according to a recent analysis from the Center for Health...

Identifying Successful Community Health Programs to Address SDOH

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health (SDOH) may be commonly accepted as key to successful value-based care strategies, but the road to addressing those factors is less clear. With efforts to build community health programs in their nascency,...

Lyft Fills Medical Transportation Gaps for One-Third of Riders

by Sara Heath

Using ridesharing service Lyft to get to medical appointments has made patient care access less of a hassle, emphasizing the tool’s use as non-emergency medical transportation, according to Lyft’s annual Economic Impact...

Can SDOH Data Use and Policies Create Health Disparities?

by Sara Heath

The social determinants of health have emerged as critical factors in driving value-based care and patient wellness programs. But could initiatives addressing the SDOH have unintended, negative consequences for patients? Potentially, says...

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Housing Program to Address SDOH

by Sara Heath

New community health programs from Kaiser Permanente aim to address the homelessness issue that affects the Oakland, California, area as a part of the health system’s efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). In a...

MA Attorney General Awards $3M for Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Thirteen community health groups will split nearly $3 million in grant funding from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Health. These grants will fund projects across the Commonwealth that aim to address the social...

National Health Rankings Highlight Health Disparities, SDOH

by Sara Heath

New insights about the nation’s health and life expectancy shines a light on the social determinants of health and how those factors impact health disparities and wellness in different communities. While the 2018 America’s...

Patient Access to Care, SDOH Priorities for Hispanic Communities

by Sara Heath

Patient access to quality, affordable healthcare is a top healthcare priority for Hispanic community leaders, followed by making investments in numerous community health projects, according to a new survey from the Healthy Americas...

VA Community Outreach, Suicide Prevention Programs Need Leadership

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ (VA’s) community outreach and suicide prevention efforts need better leadership and direction, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. VA designed its...

Few Docs Discuss Social Determinants of Health with Patients

by Sara Heath

Sixty-eight percent of patients have experienced at least one of the social determinants of health (SDOH), but very few are talking to their doctors about it, according to a recent report from Waystar. The SDOH are the various lifestyle...

Payer Program Addresses Loneliness as Social Determinant of Health

by Sara Heath

Cigna is joining the fight against patient loneliness, a key social determinant of health, by offering a patient-facing survey and personalized health improvement recommendations on its website. Using a 10-question version of the UCLA...

Confronting Indirect Patient Healthcare Cost Hurdles, SDOH

by Sara Heath

Patients face numerous indirect healthcare cost hurdles that impact their ability to access treatment, according to a recent guidance from America’s Essential Hospitals. The guidance, which comes as a part of an entire library of...

Value-Based Care Drives Preventive Care, Care Management

by Sara Heath

Patients receiving care from a doctor in a value-based care model tend to experience better quality care, receive more preventive care, and yield higher medication adherence and adherence to chronic disease management plans, according to a...

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...

Focus on Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity Grows

by Sara Heath

University medical and public health schools are investing in community health groups working to address issues of health equity and the social determinants of health. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health...

How Community Health Workers Support Value-Based Care Principles

by Sara Heath

New data from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that community health workers can reduce hospitalizations by 65 percent, helping organizations deliver on value-based care principles. The research,...

How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

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