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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...

Patient Education, Scheduling Fixes Shrink Patient No-Show Rates

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A federally-qualified health center (FQHC) reduced patient no-show rates by 14 percent by implementing a four-pronged intervention that prioritized patient education, practice communication, and better appointment scheduling...

Health Org Offers Patient Education Tools for Brain Tumor Therapy

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The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has created a set of patient education tools and initiatives to help equip brain tumor patients and their family caregivers with the information necessary to make informed healthcare...

Medicaid Expansion Boosts Patient Access to Surgical Care

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The Medicaid expansion prompted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped support patient access to surgical care, according to a group of researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published in JAMA...

Efficient Prior Authorization Key for Patient Access to Treatment

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A group of healthcare industry leadership groups have banded together to improve the prior authorization process, in turn supporting streamlined patient access to treatment. The coalition – which includes the likes of the AMA, AHA,...

Pilot Program Introduces Nurse Navigators to Fill Gaps in Care

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) are launching a joint pilot program connecting cancer patients with nurse navigators to fill gaps in care. When a patient is undergoing...

Proposed Bill to Protect 340B Program, Patient Access to Treatment

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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), MD, has introduced legislation that would close hospital loopholes in the 340B Program, which helps low-income and uninsured patients access treatment and medications with fewer financial...

Simple Patient Education Tools Key for Correct Opioid Disposal

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Straightforward and actionable patient education tools increase the likelihood that a patient will dispose of her left-over pain medications properly, according to a new study published in Journal of the American College of...

Executive Order Calls to Aid Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life. The order, titled “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition...

3 Things to Know to Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment

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As more non-profit hospitals gear up for a new year of addressing the social determinants of health, they have begun issuing notices for completing their community health needs assessments (CHNAs). From Illinois to New Jersey, healthcare...

Assessing the Outcomes, Successes of Community Health Programs

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Community health program leaders need to develop better measures to assess the success and efficacy of projects that address the social determinants of health, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Community health...

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