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The Role of Telehealth Tech in Patient Engagement Strategies

December 12, 2017 - NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens have partnered to offer telehealth technology in retail-based health kiosks across New York City. The move is a part of both entities’ patient engagement strategies and efforts to offer better patient access to care. The self-serve telehealth kiosks will be a part of the Walgreens/Duane Reade retail health clinic suite. The kiosks are located in private...


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Rideshare Deal to Address Patient Access to Care Barriers

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Ridesharing service Lyft has partnered with Circulation to offer rides to non-emergency care for patients across the country, helping to improve patient access to care. Transportation to care is a significant social determinant of health, influencing...

Proposed VA Bill May Expand Patient Care Access, Community Health

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Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Jerry Moran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, have introduced the Veterans Community...

How Do Healthcare Consumers Define Value in Patient-Centered Care?

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Patients and providers don’t always see eye to eye in terms of what constitutes “value” in healthcare, leaving a gap in what providers can deliver to meet growing industry demands for patient-centered care, according to a recent...

Streamlining HIV Screenings in ED Increases Patient Care Access

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Healthcare professionals have long been looking to reduce long emergency department wait times and overcrowding, both of which are often the result of patients accessing ED care that could otherwise be addressed in the primary care practice,...

Which Patient Care Barriers Impact Rural Hospital Mortality Rates?

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Patients receiving care in rural areas experience higher hospital mortality rates than those in urban areas, but the reasons for the care quality disparities are still unclear, according to a group of researchers from the University of Michigan....

Do Patient-Centered Medical Homes Boost Chronic Care Management?

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A VA initiative to implement patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) across the country has resulted in better chronic care management for patients, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The study looked at a...

How Emergency Medical Centers Create Rural Patient Care Access

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Congress and state governments should relax regulations that would allow more hospitals to transition to emergency medical centers (EMCs), helping to meet patient care access demand while cutting inpatient costs, according to a guide from the...

mHealth Games Can Improve Patient Education about Health Payers

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mHealth games may help support patient education about health payers and insurance plans, helping to close a gap in patient understanding, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient understanding of health...

Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Drive Patient Care Access

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Hospitals play an important role in addressing transportation barriers, patient care access, and other social determinants of health, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association. The AHA paper, “Transportation and...

VA Unveils Online Appointment Scheduling for Patient Access

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VA announced the official launch of its online appointment scheduling system, aiding patients in accessing the primary or specialty care appointment that best suits their schedules. The online appointment scheduling system is only available at...

How to Support Patient Access to Care in Frontier Communities

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Healthcare policymakers should consider a new payment strategy to help support patient access to care in frontier communities, said AHA in a new guidebook on the topic. Published by the AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,...

CVS Health Funding to Support Veteran Access to Healthcare

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CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have awarded $580,000 in grant funding to Easterseals organizations across the country to improve veteran access to healthcare and smoking cessation programs. The awards, granted in honor of Veterans Day,...

Patients Given Lacking Info for Making Healthcare Decisions

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Most states do not offer adequate information to assist patients in making healthcare decisions, according to a joint report from Altarum and Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). The report includes data about state policies on patient-facing price...

How Do Provider Profiles Influence Patient Care Access Decisions?

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Do patients make care access decisions based on provider credentials, or on appointment availability? The answer may depend on what kind of provider profile and reviews patients consult, according to one new survey. The review of 1,100 patients...

Using Urgent Care Centers to Support Rural Patient Care Access

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Urgent care centers are effective for overcoming patient care access issues in medically underserved areas, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). As a part of its Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities, AHA recently...

CMS to Expand Patient Access to Treatment for Substance Abuse

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CMS has announced a new initiative to allow states to design their own programs to expand patient access to treatment for substance abuse and opioid misuse disorders. This move comes as a part of the administration’s efforts to combat the...

Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

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Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests that...

HHS Lacks Measures for Patient Treatment Access for Opioid Misuse

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As a part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, HHS has worked to expand patient access to treatment for opioid misuse. However, the agency has not adopted adequate measures to assess the success of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)...

Partnerships with Hospitals, Clinics Up Rural Patient Care Access

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 Sharing clinicians between larger academic medical centers and rural health centers is a cost-effective method for improving rural patient care access in medically underserved areas, according to new research. The research, presented at...

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