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Using Patient-Centeredness to Drive Practice Improvements

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Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to supporting patient-centeredness. Between appointment scheduling and healthcare access, organizations must ensure processes are simple for all patients, including those who are generally healthy...

Pending Bills May Drive Care Access in Underserved Regions

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Both houses of Congress have introduced companion bills to extend the Conrad State 30 Waiver program through 2021, according to multiple sources. The Conrad State 30 Waiver program drives care access allows state legislatures to extend visa waivers...

57% of Children Have Access to Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

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Just over half of children have feasible access to a pediatric trauma care center that meets their unique needs, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Children who have suffered a severe and potentially...

Payer Administrative Barriers Limit Access to Cancer Care

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Healthcare payers should reform their utilization management strategies and reduce administrative barriers to better facilitate easy access to cancer care, says the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Utilization management strategies...

VA Launches Center for Patient-Centered Healthcare Innovation

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The VA has launched its Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) to help produce and deliver patient-centered healthcare innovations and treatment options to veterans. The CCI will explore cutting-edge medical therapies and emerging workflow...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

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More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

VA Tool Shows Vets Healthcare Access, Care Quality Information

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The VA Health Administration has launched an online quality of care and healthcare access tool to empower patients with more information to make better treatment choices. The tool allows patients to view and compare various aspects of healthcare...

Family Caregiver Engagement Cuts Hospital Readmissions by 25%

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Healthcare organizations that practice meaningful family caregiver engagement and integrate caregivers into the patient discharge process can reduce hospital readmissions by one-quarter, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh...

Congress Advances Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

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The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according...

$1M Grant to Increase Patient Access to Free Clinic Care

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The CVS Health Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million in grant funding to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), ultimately aiding 33 free health clinics across the country. These grants are geared toward improving...

33% of Primary Care Providers Also Deliver Palliative Care

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About one-third of primary care physicians offer palliative care services, allaying some concern about a growing senior patient population and a shrinking palliative care workforce, according to research published in the Journal of the American...

Ridesharing Deal to Drive Timely Patient Healthcare Access

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Lyft and American Medical Response (AMR) have partnered to provide easier transportation and healthcare access for patients receiving outpatient treatment. The partnership will support AMR’s One Call program, which allows patients to call...

Medicaid Patient Healthcare Access on Par with Private Plans

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Medicaid-covered patients experience near equal healthcare access when compared to their privately-insured counterparts, according to a data note from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). “Given Medicaid’s major coverage role and the...

Convenient Telemedicine Access Reduces Travel, Healthcare Costs

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Convenient telemedicine can save patients time and money, with these services producing over $100 in travel time cost savings, according to experts from the University of California Davis. Researchers, led by Chief of the UC Davis Division of...

mHealth Apps Offer Patient-Centered, Convenient Recovery Care

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mHealth apps are helpful in reducing in-person care after surgery, presenting a viable patient-centered and convenient option for patients during post-operative follow-up care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. Offering convenient...

Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times, Harms Patient Care Access

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Doctors’ appointment wait times have increased by 30 percent since 2014, likely due to a growing number of insured patients and resulting physician shortages, according to a Merritt Hawkins survey. The survey of physician practices in 30...

Clinical Trial Finder to Boost Patient Participation in Trials

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The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has launched a brain tumor clinical trial finder to help boost patient participation in treatment development. Brain tumor clinical trials have seen limited patient engagement in recent years, likely because...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how both IHS...

VA Choice Program Protocol Creates Long Patient Wait Times

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Protocol at the Department of Veterans Affairs for scheduling Veterans Choice Program appointments causes veterans to wait up to 81 days for treatment, despite VA goals to administer care within 30 days of requesting a doctor’s appointment,...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

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Telehealth may improve patient access to healthcare services, but service over-utilization due to easier access may actually increase healthcare costs, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Telehealth access...

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