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HHS Grants Fund Patient Access to Care for Opioid Use Disorder

March 22, 2019 - The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has allocated $487 million in grant funding to allow states to increase patient access to care and treatment for opioid use disorder. These funds come as a part of the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program, launched under the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Since last summer, the SOR has provided...


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How Food Insurance Plans Can Address Social Determinants of Health

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New research highlights the cost efficiency of Medicare and Medicaid coverage for healthy food plans, demonstrating the effectiveness of programs that address the social determinants of health. The researchers, hailing from the Friedman...

Using Quality Measures to Address Medication Adherence, Access

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A clinical quality framework may be an effective path forward for understanding and improving medication access for patients, according to a new report from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. The report, which also outlined the key social,...

How Healthcare Organizations Drive Homeless Patient Care Access

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As healthcare organizations continue to drive strong population health management, they must work to meet the medical and social needs of their homeless populations. In doing so, they can help improve patient care access for patients...

Payers Slow to Update Prior Authorization, Limit Patient Care Access

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Healthcare payers are slow to adopt best practices to streamline the prior authorization process, putting at risk timely patient care access and adding administrative burden to providers, according to a recent American Medical Association...

Kaiser Pairs with Data Analytics Team to Address Housing, SDOH

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Kaiser Permanente will continue its work to mitigate housing security and the social determinants of health (SDOH) through a strategic partnership with Community Solutions, a data analytics company that aids housing support programs in...

DoD, VA Face Clinician Workforce, Patient Care Access Snags

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In an effort to meet personnel demands during peace time, the Department of Defense (DoD) has fallen short on having adequate staffing to meet patient care access needs while in combat, according to a GAO report. DoD specifically has not...

CMS eMedicare Technologies to Drive Patient Navigation for Seniors

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The patient navigation technologies offered in the CMS eMedicare initiative will be helpful for seniors, despite some industry concern, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a recent blog post. The post outlined the new tools offered in...

Senators Seek Answers on Non-Profit Hospitals, Community Health

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The Senate Finance Committee is seeking answers about non-profit hospitals and their adherence to community health programming requirements as a part of their tax-exempt status. In a letter penned by committee chairman Senator Chuck...

Long Travel, Wait Times Put Strain on Patient Care Access

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Travel and wait times are longer for healthcare consumers than they are for consumers in other industries, posing a threat to patient care access, according to a recent issue brief from the Altarum Institute. Using 2006 to 2017 data from...

3 Top Strategies to Address the Social Determinants of Health

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Most medical professionals agree that efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) will be critical to meeting value-based care demands and improving patient care outcomes. Healthcare experts also agree that attending to...

Telehealth Program to Drive Patient Care Access in Appalachia

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A new funding initiative will help address patient care access shortages by using telehealth to connect patients in Appalachia to specialty providers in more physician-dense areas. The $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation...

Emergency Medical Transportation APM to Drive Patient Care Access

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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...

Despite Coverage Gains, Underinsurance Hampers Patient Care Access

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Although more patients have access to health insurance, fewer have access to quality, comprehensive health plans just eight years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), posing a threat to patient care access, according to the...

Lyft Closes Medical Transportation Gaps for MA Members, Seniors

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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...

Clinicians Doubt Patient Care Access, Costs Reduction Progress

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Reducing patient healthcare costs and increasing patient access to care are key priorities in 2019, most clinicians agree, but there isn’t much hope that the industry will achieve these goals, according to a recent poll from...

91% of Docs Say Prior Authorization Delays Patient Care Access

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Prior authorizations are leaving patients waiting up to three days or longer to receive certain treatments, causing critical patient care access delays and potential adverse patient safety events, according to a new survey from the...

Primary Care Access Key to Reduce Chronic Illness ED Utilization

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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

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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,...

More Nurse Practitioners Slated to Meet Patient Care Access Needs

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Nurse practitioners are making their mark on patient care access as more NPs flood the healthcare jobs market, according to the 2018 National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The...

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