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VA Boasts Broad Use of Connected Health for Patient Access to Care

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The VA is proving its chops in the connected health sphere, creating better patient access to care using digital tools, according to an Administration press release. Specifically, expanded telehealth access has allowed more patients to...

How ACOs Can Use Pharmacists for Wellness Coaching, Engagement

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In accountable care organizations (ACOs), fostering overall patient health requires high-touch patient wellness coaching. For ACOs facing the surmounting pressure to spark patient health behavior change, integrating pharmacists as another...

DTC Telehealth Ups Patient Access to Care in Natural Disasters

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Direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth has proven an effective tool for creating patient access to care following a natural disaster, according to a new article published by RAND Corporation in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that...

At-Home Chronic Disease Management Aids Patient Self-Care

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A new at-home chronic disease management strategy can help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) take care of their symptoms outside of the clinic, a boon for value-based care and other current industry initiatives, showed a recent...

Telehealth Closes Patient Care Access Gaps in Rural Mississippi

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Across the country, telehealth technology is helping to close care gaps in areas where healthcare consumers otherwise would face considerable patient care access challenges. Especially in rural regions, telehealth has allowed patients to...

Programs Targeting Social Determinants of Health Improve Wellness

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Policy and wellness interventions addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) at California-based Kaiser Permanente improved health outcomes for the health system’s communities, showed a series of studies published as an...

Rural Areas Still Face Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access Snags

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Clinician shortage continues to be a problem in rural areas, according to a recent report focusing on shortage issues in Nebraska. The problem of having too few clinicians is hindering patient care access in rural regions, the report...

Using Social Media for Public Health, Patient Behavior Change

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Social media can be an effective tool for disseminating public health messages and support better patient access to mental healthcare, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. “Given the...

VA Secretary Urges Congress to Improve Veterans Choice Program

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The Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie has called on Congress to vote on a revised version of the Veterans Choice Program targeted at improving patient access to care. Veterans Choice, which was enacted...

What Are Microhospitals, Their Impact on Patient Access to Care?

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Amidst the sea of healthcare access offerings, one new type of medical facility has seen an insurgence in popularity. Microhospitals are a new healthcare site supporting the growing need for convenient and accessible patient access to...

Patient Access to Care Five Times Higher for Medicaid Patients

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Patients with private health insurance or on Medicaid see better patient access to care and preventive services than patients without any type of health insurance, according to a new report from America’s Health Insurance Plans...

Can Peer Navigators Address the Social Determinants of Health?

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Non-clinical laypeople can effectively connect patients with support programs to help address the social determinants of health, making that service more efficient for managed care organizations (MCOs), according to a recent study in the...

Doc Education Data Key for Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access

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HHS needs more information about graduate medical education (GME) to better assess GME enrollment, the national clinician shortage, and patient care access, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office...

Lyft Partnership to Support Ambulatory Patient Access to Care

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A new partnership between Acuity Link and Lyft will enable better patient access to care in the ambulatory, outpatient setting. Acuity Link is a non-emergency medical transportation provider with goals to over come transportation as a...

Using Kiosks to Assess Social Determinants of Health in Veterans

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From the ability to easily access timely medical care to experiencing certain medical conditions at disproportionate rates, veterans represent an extremely vulnerable patient population. That limited health equity is further exacerbated...

Pharmacy Appointments Increase Patient Satisfaction, Vaccinations

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An appointment-based model (ABM) in the pharmacy can improve patient satisfaction, patient-provider relationships, and adherence to preventive care and vaccinations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Pharmacist...

Low Medication Adherence Common in Younger, Depressed Patients

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Younger patients and patients managing depression are more likely to have low medication adherence, according to a recent survey from the American Kidney Fund (AKF). The survey of over 1,200 dialysis patients found that patients ages 18...

Changes in ED, Clinic Use Mark Impacts on Patient Access to Care

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Urgent care clinics, retail clinics, and telehealth are getting more attention in recent years as alternative places of healthcare service, according to a recent analysis from FAIR Health. The rise in various healthcare delivery sites has...

92% of Docs Say Prior Authorization Harms Patient Access to Care

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Ninety-two percent of clinicians say lengthy prior authorization protocols have impeded timely patient access to care and harmed patient clinical outcomes, according to a new survey released by the American Medical Association...

Maintaining Patient Access to Care During Natural Disasters

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As communities across the country are hit with natural disasters, healthcare organizations must create contingency plans to help preserve patient access to care during disaster recovery. According to new research published in the Journal...

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