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More Family Engagement, Support Needed for Family Caregivers

November 15, 2018 - As patients continue to age into retirement, the healthcare industry will see increased need to support family caregivers and drive family engagement, recent data shows. Specifically, family caregivers feel like they aren’t necessarily qualified or able to deliver the quality of care their loved ones need in a long-term care or end-of-life situation, according to one survey from...


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

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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...

Value-Based Care Drives Preventive Care, Care Management

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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...

FDA Updates Expanded Access Program to Boost Patient Experiences

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The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is making updates to its expanded access (EA) program to improve patient experiences in the program and streamline administrative hurdles. The FDA’s expanded access program is intended for...

How Do Mobile Health Clinics Impact Patient Access to Care?

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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...

AHA: OPPS Site-Neutral Payments to Hinder Patient Access to Care

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The American Hospital Association did not mince words when commenting on the site-neutral payment provisions included in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Implementing site-neutral payment is set to harm hospitals...

Focus on Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity Grows

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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 Does Physician Burnout Impact Patient Care Access?

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Physician burnout is reaching new heights. And as more doctors look to make their next moves in a career that leaves them stressed and unsatisfied, the industry faces threats to patient care access. The physician burnout epidemic has...

How Community Health Workers Support Value-Based Care Principles

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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?

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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

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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...

NYU Taps Telehealth to Boost Patient Care Access for Urgent Needs

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Telehealth technology is revolutionizing patient care access for urgent care needs at NYU Langone Health. A new virtual care platform will now allow patients to access urgent care in a more cost-effective and convenient manner. The...

Aiming for Success in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model

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Evolution and adaptability are essential for healthcare organizations aiming to thrive in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models. As the healthcare industry continues to change, organizations need to be ready to address changing...

How Can Providers Drive Transitions of Care for Teen Primary Care?

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Healthcare providers should consider special patient populations in conjunction with strong care coordination and patient education during adolescent transitions of care from pediatrics to adult primary care, according to a new...

Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the...

Medicaid Expansion States Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

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Low-income adult patients living in Medicaid expansion states tend to have better access to healthcare services than patients living in non-expansion states, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The...

How Text Message Communication Improves Patient Outreach

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For Bill Hambsh, CEO of North Florida Women’s Care, patient outreach and communication looked a lot more like a game of phone tag. The process, which ideally would be marked with efficiency and high patient engagement levels, too...

Physician Assistant Market Poised to Fill Patient Care Access Gaps

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The job market for certified physician assistants (PAs) remains strong as healthcare organizations use non-physician clinicians to support patient care access amidst the provider shortage issue, according to new data from the National...

Nurse Staffing Ratios Tied to High Costs, Patient Safety Savings

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A Massachusetts ballot question considering mandated nurse staffing ratios will cost the Commonwealth, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations because of increased staffing needs, according to an analysis from the Massachusetts...

Payer Awards $2M for Social Determinants of Health, Community Health

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The Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grant funding to 25 non-profit organizations working to address the social determinants of health. These grants come as a part of the Aetna Foundation’s Building Healthy...

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