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UnitedHealthcare Invests Millions in Social Determinants of Health

July 12, 2018 - UnitedHealthcare has awarded multimillion-dollar grants to community health organizations to help address the social determinants of health in Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, the health plan has announced. These grants will support community initiatives that target the specific social and health needs of the area’s population. The social determinants of health, which...


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FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

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Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a statement...

Driving Health Equity in Value-Based Care Payment Models

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Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service payments to value-based payment models is an important step toward higher-quality healthcare and more judicious healthcare spending. However, emerging payment models must take into account the social...

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

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With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical professionals...

Intermountain Alliance to Address Social Determinants of Health

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Intermountain Healthcare plans to invest $12 million in programs to coordinate community care services that address the social determinants of health in two Utah cities, the organization recently announced. These funds will bolster the Utah Alliance...

VA Partnership to Drive Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Veteran & First Responder Healthcare (VFR Healthcare) to improve patient access to mental healthcare. This comes as a part of the organizations’ efforts to address rising veteran...

Top Challenges Impacting Patient Access to Healthcare

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Patient access to healthcare sets the baseline for all patient encounters with the healthcare industry. When a patient cannot access her clinician, it is impossible to receive medical care, build relationships with her providers, and achieve...

VA Deploys Text Message Appointment Reminders for Patient Outreach

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is trying its hand at text message appointment reminders in an effort to improve patient access to care and appointment attendance, according to a department blog post. The system, called VEText, aims to...

How Health Coaches Drive Patient Healthy Behavior Change

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Overall patient wellness and promoting healthy behavior change in healthcare consumers has become a key concern for not only clinicians, but for healthcare payers as well. As more payer organizations work to improve patient engagement with healthy...

60% of Orgs Use Tools to Monitor Patient Wait Times, Appointments

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Most healthcare organizations are using wait lists to keep track of growing patient wait times, highlighting some effort to understand the issue, according to a recent MGMA Stat Poll. The survey of 1,300 organization leaders found that 61 percent...

Nurses Call for Expanded Scope of Practice to Fill VA Care Gaps

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The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). This comes following recent findings that VA has a rampant...

Digital Patient Intake Technology Gaining Popularity in Healthcare

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Patient intake technology is changing how healthcare organizations are approaching patient registration by offering a more streamlined and efficient approach to the task, according to a recent report from KLAS Research. Traditionally, patient...

Why Patient Behavior Change Is Key for Chronic Disease Management

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Chronic disease management may rank as one of the key priorities in the healthcare industry right now. With a multi-billion-dollar price tag, ensuring patients know how to manage their illnesses and prevent costly health episodes is a key goal....

Consumer-Centered Healthcare Improves, Focus on Innovation Key

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Healthcare organizations are making strides toward more consumer-centered healthcare, putting special focus on better patient access to care and positive hospital experiences. However, more progress is necessary to true evolve into a consumer-centric...

VHA Making Progress in Physician Recruitment, Patient Care Access

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The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) has made some improvements to how it monitors clinician recruitment and retention across the country, but more progress is needed to fill patient care access gaps, according to recent testimony...

Medicare Chronic Disease Management Vital to Cut Healthcare Costs

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Effective chronic disease management is imperative in a healthcare industry in which costs are only going up. However, without adequate patient engagement and care coordination strategies, efforts to mitigate chronic care issues will not be successful,...

Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

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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...

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

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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 APRN, PA Scope of Practice Changes Boost Patient Care Access

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Overhauls to scope of practice (SOP) laws for advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) could improve practice efficiency and increase patient care access, according to a recent report from the Brookings Institute’s...

Do Wellness Programs Create Healthy Behavior Change in Patients?

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As a part of the medical industry’s overall shift toward more value-based care, healthcare professionals are focusing on driving patient wellness. For payers, this means implementing wellness programs to promote healthy behavior change...

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