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Patient Care Access Efforts Zero in on Opioid Crisis

January 17, 2019 - Colorado is making strides in improving patient access to opioid treatment, but will require further progress to truly address the opioid crisis, according to a spotlight analysis of the state by Manatt Health in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and Colorado Medical Society (CMS). Specifically, the state has excelled in improving access to evidence-based...


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Kaiser Permanente Unveils Housing Program to Address SDOH

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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...

Stanford Children’s Health Plans 2,500 Telehealth Visits for 2019

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Stanford Children’s Health has vowed to double its telehealth appointments in 2019 in an effort to increasing convenient patient care access, according to a health system announcement. Over the past decade, telehealth has emerged as...

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

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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...

Patient-Centered Care Coordination Key for MA Telehealth Plans

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Although telehealth shows promise for driving more convenient patient care access, supporting that technology with effective care coordination and continuity will be essential to a quality patient experience, according to a recent comments...

AMA Calls to Eliminate Prior Authorization for MAT Patient Access

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Eliminating prior authorization regulations will be essential for expanding patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), asserted American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny,...

National Health Rankings Highlight Health Disparities, SDOH

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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...

HRSA Loan Repayment Program to Close Opioid Treatment Gaps

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A new program from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) aims to fill opioid treatment access gaps in medically underserved areas. The National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program...

DE Faces PCP Workforce Decline, Patient Care Access Obstacles

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The full-time equivalent (FTE) primary care physician (PCP) workforce in Delaware is down 6 percent since 2013, according to a recent study commissioned by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The report, which...

Rural Hospital Travel Times Increase, Hamper Patient Care Access

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Individuals living in rural areas face nearly double the travel that those living in urban areas experience, according to an analysis from the Pew Research Center. Those long travel distances can cause considerable patient care access...

Patient Access to Care, SDOH Priorities for Hispanic Communities

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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...

ACA Ruling Jeopardizes Patient Care Access, Access to Coverage

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Healthcare industry leaders have concerns about patient care access and patient access to payer coverage in light of the recent rulings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although most experts are confident in an eventual appeal. Late last...

VA Community Outreach, Suicide Prevention Programs Need Leadership

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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

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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...

PA State Policies Push for Patient Care Access, Opioid Treatment

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Healthcare providers and policymakers in Pennsylvania have successfully improved patient care access for opioid addiction treatments, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA), Pennsylvania Medical Society...

Patient Access to Mental Health and SUD Care Lags in Massachusetts

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Patient access to mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment leaves something to be desired for Massachusetts residents, with a majority of non-elderly adults reporting access issues in a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield of...

Patient Care Access Key as Patients Report Pre-Existing Conditions

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More than one in four Americans have a pre-existing condition that would impact patient access to health payer coverage, according to a recent Gallup poll. These results shed more light on the national debate about pre-existing conditions...

Promoting Patient Choice, Consumer-Centered Care HHS Priorities

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Improving patient choice, cutting healthcare costs, and supporting consumer-centered care design are key action areas for the Department of Health & Human Services, the agency said in a recent report. The report, “Reforming...

AHA, AAMC Lawsuit Targets HHS Site-Neutral Payments, Patient Access

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration advocating against the site-neutral payment rule included in the 2019 Outpatient...

How ACO Patient Outreach Technology Supports Preventive Care

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For Triad HealthCare Network, a North Carolina-based Next Generation accountable care organization (ACO), patient outreach is only a phone call away. Since its inception in 2012, the ACO has set its sights on better patient activation,...

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