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CMS Issues Guidance on Patient Access to Care for Opioid Misuse

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New CMS guidance for combating the opioid crisis calls for state Medicaid agencies to improve patient access to care and patient engagement with certain opioid misuse treatment protocol. Specifically, CMS released a special bulletin that...

President Signs VA Mission Act Into Law, Extends VA Choice Program

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President Trump has signed the VA Mission Act into law, cementing the agency’s plans to overhaul the Veterans Choice Program and other community health programs across the country. The $5.2 billion legislation is part of the...

Ascension Unveils Nationwide Online Appointment Scheduling Campaign

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Ascension has launched a nationwide patient outreach and advertising campaign set to market the health system’s online appointment scheduling systems. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the online appointment scheduling...

Using Text Messages to Boost Patient Outreach in Specialty Care

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Confirming appointments, sending clinic reminders, and other elements of patient outreach have been the bedrock of patient engagement for some time. As healthcare organizations focus on patient wellness, they are picking up the phone to...

Healthcare Orgs Tap Text Messages for Patient Appointment Reminders

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Two-thirds of healthcare organizations use text messages for patient appointment reminders, in many cases meeting patient preferences for office communication, according to a recent Medical Group Management Association poll. The poll of...

Proposed Bill Calls for Primary Care Access for HDHP Beneficiaries

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A new piece of legislation introduced to the House of Representatives would mandate two free primary care visits annually to high-deductible health plan beneficiaries. Ideally, this legislation would help overcome financial barriers that...

The Rise of Nurse Practitioners Amidst Provider Burnout, Shortages

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Between increasing patient panels, evolving and often difficult-to-use technology, and the complications of federal quality reporting requirements, healthcare provider burnout is rampant. But as more providers suffer from burnout and even...

Primary Care Time Constraints Limit Chronic Disease Management

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Despite the high importance currently placed on chronic disease management and patient wellness, most primary care providers say they don’t have enough time to address these issues with their older populations, according to a recent...

AAFP: Proposed CMS Payment Rule to Limit Patient Access to Care

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has numerous issues with a March 2018 CMS proposal that changes the way states reimburse for Medicaid primary care services. Specifically, the medical group says the proposal could harm...

VA MISSION Act Passes Congress, Updates Patient Access to Care

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The Senate has passed the VA MISSION Act, which overhauls the agency’s community health and Veterans Choice Programs and improves patient access to care. The bill now awaits the President’s signature and will likely be signed...

Clinician Org Says Trump Drug Price Plan Harms Patient Care Access

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Physicians are harboring concerns that the Trump Administration’s recently-announced plans to revamp prescription drug pricing will harm patient care access, increase patient costs, and reduce overall care quality, according to a...

How School-Based Behavioral Health Addresses Care Gaps, SDOH

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Inside Delaware’s Eisenberg Elementary School, a classroom that once housed desks, chalkboards, bookcases, and easels, is now a classroom with a fully-functioning pediatric clinic, complete with doctor’s checkups and even...

NYU Unveils Dashboard Displaying Social Determinants of Health

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The Department of Population Health at NYU Langone has recently launched its City Health Dashboard, which aims to display financial and social data about communities in the country’s 500 largest cities. Specifically, this dashboard...

How One Doc Uses Cartoons to Address Social Determinants of Health

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On social media and in the healthcare space, Anita Ravi, MD, is largely known for her patient advocacy and cartoon work depicting the social determinants of health (SDOH) for vulnerable patients and how providers must address those factors...

Are Providers Responsible for the Social Determinants of Health?

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Medical professionals and other healthcare industry stakeholders need to develop strategies that allow clinicians to address the social determinants of health without adding to administrative burden and provider burnout, according to a...

Partnering with Advocates for Patient Engagement in Research

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Drug developers and medical groups can improve patient engagement in research by conducting research as an event programs, according to a paper published in Dove Medical Press. Research as an event allows medical researchers and drug...

CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy for Patient Access to Care

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CMS has announced a first-of-its-kind new strategy to support patient access to care in rural regions. Currently, one in five patients live in a rural area, which are typically characterized by limited access to quality healthcare....

House Presents Bill to Support Vets Choice, Patient Access to Care

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The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has introduced legislation that would overhaul the Veterans Choice program and provide funding to prevent a patient access to care issue in the VA. The Veterans Affairs Maintaining...

Can Peer Health Coaches Boost Patient Engagement in Drug Recovery?

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Boston Medical Center (BMC) has launched a new program to improve patient engagement during opioid abuse recovery. The program, titled Project RECOVER (Referral, Engagement, Case management and Overdose preVention Education in Recovery),...

VA Requests Funds for Veterans Choice Program, Patient Care Access

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Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Robert L. Wilkie is calling on Congress to pass funding for the Veterans Choice Program, which aids patient care access for veterans facing extraordinary barriers. The Veterans Choice Program runs serious...

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