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Medicare Chronic Disease Management Vital to Cut Healthcare Costs

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Effective chronic disease management is imperative in a healthcare industry in which costs are only going up. However, without adequate patient engagement and care coordination strategies, efforts to mitigate chronic care issues will not...

Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

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Humana and Walgreens have announced a partnership to bring pharmacy, primary care, and health plan wellness services under the same roof, ideally improving patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program will be a part of...

Health Consumers Focus on Patient Wellness, Value-Based Care Access

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Patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their own health, focusing on elements of overall patient wellness and mental health, according to a recent survey from Aetna. The Health Ambitions study, which included a survey of...

How APRN, PA Scope of Practice Changes Boost Patient Care Access

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Overhauls to scope of practice (SOP) laws for advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) could improve practice efficiency and increase patient care access, according to a recent report from the Brookings...

Do Wellness Programs Create Healthy Behavior Change in Patients?

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As a part of the medical industry’s overall shift toward more value-based care, healthcare professionals are focusing on driving patient wellness. For payers, this means implementing wellness programs to promote healthy behavior...

How Health Orgs Prepare for Senior Patients, Chronic Care Management

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Healthcare organizations are stepping up to the plate when it comes to older adult care and chronic care management, according to a recent report from BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation. The report, which was informed...

VA Patient Appointment Schedule Tool Receives GAO Approval

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The VA’s patient appointment scheduling system meets all of the standards outlined in the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The analysis reviewed a pilot...

How Digital Patient Outreach Tools Boost Preventive Care Visits

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For Dana Wolf, a quality programs lead at a South Carolina pediatric clinic, adopting text message-based patient outreach tools was like setting a slow cooker. Wolf and her team could onboard patients into the outreach system and, like...

FDA Recommits to Patient-Centered Care, Patient Access to Care

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The FDA is continuing its efforts for patient-centered care, releasing two separate statements focused on incorporating patient voice into medical product development and improving patient access to affordable drugs. The first statement...

VA Choice Program Needs Reworking Ahead of MISSION Act Revamp

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The process by which the VA refers patients to the Veterans Choice Program is complicated and creates more delays in patient access to care for the VA’s patient population, according to a report from the Government Accountability...

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...

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