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BCBS Targets Medical Transportation, Social Determinants of Health

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has created the Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute (BCBS Institute), an organization geared toward addressing the social determinants of health. BCBSI will begin its work by addressing...

How to Use Patient Outreach Technology in Patient-Centered Care

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As medical practices seek to close gaps in care and reduce patient no-show rates, many may be turning to patient outreach technology to better connect with patients. But in an industry seeing technology emerge at lightning speed, some...

Health Systems Tap Patient Outreach Pros to Address Opioid Misuse

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  Christiana Care Health System and New Castle County in Delaware have created a patient outreach program to help connect patients recently treated for opioid overdose with patient education and access to other behavioral health...

Solutions for Reducing Healthcare Appointment Wait Times for Patients

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Long appointment wait times are an age-old problem in healthcare. While some patients find themselves waiting extraordinary times in the office waiting room, others are waiting days, weeks, or even months to get their foot in the...

Uber Health Launches as Ridesharing Fills Patient Care Access Needs

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Ridesharing company Uber has officially launched Uber Health, a platform specifically designed for patients with medical transportation and care access needs. Lack of transportation to a medical facility is an important social determinant...

DoD Physician Shortage May Cause Lapse in Patient Access to Care

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The Department of Defense (DoD) and the three military branches have insufficient strategies for recruiting military physicians, limiting patient access to care especially during wartime, according to a new report from the Government...

Clinician Training Courses Support Shared Decision-Making in Care

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Patient and provider training courses may increase the efficacy of shared decision-making in multicultural behavioral health clinics, according to new research in JAMA Psychiatry. Shared decision-making has been touted as an effective...

VA Launches Patient Access to Care Outreach Program for Vets

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Many newly-discharged military personnel are unaware of the healthcare benefits the VA provides, limiting patient access to care. That is poised to change, as the VA launched its Concierge for Care program, a patient education initiative...

Behavioral Health Medical Home Enhances Patient Activation in Care

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A behavioral health home model is an effective strategy for integrating mental and behavioral health into primary care services, according to a new initiative at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for High-Value...

Patient-Centered Opioid Program Improves Patient Access to Care

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A patient-centric approach to opioid dosage tapering can reduce the need for behavioral health specialists, thus improving patient access to the often-costly process of weaning off opioid treatments, according to a research letter...

Fragmented Mental Healthcare Stunts Patient Access to Care

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Mental and behavioral healthcare options are currently too fragmented to facilitate easy patient access to care, according to a survey of healthcare industry leaders in a recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Council report. The US healthcare...

Patient Access to Care Low for One-Third of Mental Health Patients

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Only one-third of patients with a mental health diagnosis access some form of treatment, says a new dataset from Kaiser Permanente. These patient access to care issues affect different populations at higher rates, highlighting key care...

How Family Engagement Programs Support Clinical Outcomes Measures

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Intermountain Healthcare’s program to support family engagement in patient care has resulted in improved clinical outcomes measures such as preventable hospital readmissions, according to new data. The research, published in the...

Healthcare Pros Expand Patient Navigators for Continuity of Care

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The American College of Cardiology will be expanding its resources to build an effective patient navigator program, helping to support continuity of care for myocardial infarction (MI) patients. The Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI...

How Useful is Ridesharing for Medical Transportation Barriers?

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As healthcare organizations seek to address medical transportation barriers impeding patient access to care, they are tapping healthcare ridesharing apps to help ease patient burden. Ridesharing apps such as Uber or Lyft offer inexpensive...

CHCs Weigh Cuts to Services, Patient Access to Care to Stay Afloat

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Community health centers (CHCs), which have faced expired funding since the end of September, 2017, are starting to consider cutting key services that would put patient access to care in jeopardy, according to a recent survey from the...

Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers

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Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers For patients taking numerous medications, keeping track of those treatments can be tricky, often keeping those patients from achieving full medication adherence. As more...

Digital Tools Useful for Medication Adherence in Older Patients

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Text messaging technology can help improve medication adherence rates in older Medicare patients by up to 14 percent, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. This finding comes as many healthcare...

Industry Groups Urge Congress to Re-Fund Community Health Centers

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A group of 75 leading healthcare industry organizations have penned a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to reauthorize and fully fund community health centers. Not doing so would considerable impede patient access to...

What is Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Patient Access?

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During patient wellness efforts and chronic care management plans, consistent and reliable patient access to care is essential. Non-emergency medical transportation is a core solution to patient care access among populations facing...

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