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Kaiser Permanente Slated to Open 31 New Retail Health Clinics

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Kaiser Permanente is set to expand patient access to care by opening up 31 retail health clinics across Southern California. Branded as “Target clinic, care provided by Kaiser Permanente,” these facilities will allow patients to access...

NYC Orgs Partner for Patient Self-Management, Health Coaching

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New York City-based hospital Mount Sinai St. Luke’s has partnered with a local health coaching group to support health coaching and patient self-management. The one-year pilot partnership between Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and City Health...

Solving Homelessness to Overcome Population Health Challenges

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Nearly two years ago, the CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) invested $250,000 to help homeless individuals obtain permanent housing. From the onset, the move had no direct financial benefit for...

Health Disparities Persist in Patient Access to Care Under ACA

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Medicaid expansion increased patient access to care, insurance coverage, and community health clinic (CHC) services, but did not entirely eradicate some racial and ethnic health disparities, according to research published in the Annals of Family...

What is the Patient Activation Measure in Patient-Centered Care?

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Patient activation is a key concept in the push for patient-centered care, but is often conflated with the notion of driving patient engagement. However, patient activation is its own quantifiable concept supported by the patient activation measure...

How to Create, Conduct Community Health Needs Assessments

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Healthcare organizations working toward addressing the social determinants of health are using community health needs assessments (CHNAs) to determine the best path forward. From uncovering community health and social woes to identifying viable...

Knowledge Gaps in Pharma Services Limit Patient Engagement

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Knowledge gaps about pharmaceutical patient services are keeping healthcare providers from recommending useful services to patients and also limit patient engagement with these services, according to an Accenture survey. The survey of over 350...

Streamlined VA Enrollment Can Spur Better Patient Care Access

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The VA needs more streamlined protocol surrounding patient enrollment into VHA coverage, according to a recent GAO report. Currently, the VA exceeds the 5-day processing timeline for enrollment, which hinders patient access to care. The enrollment...

How Health Centers Measure the Social Determinants of Health

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Most health centers serving safety net patients measure the social determinants of health in a similar way, making the process uniform and conducive to wide-spread intervention, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board...

Defining Avoidable Visits to Drive Affordable Patient ED Access

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The criteria for an avoidable emergency department visit is far too broad, leading industry leaders to limit access to affordable patient ED access, according to a new study on ED utilization. The study also suggested that patients need more...

Driving Employee Wellness Programs with Health Clinic Services

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In between trips to the water cooler and the copy machine, employees at BAE Systems can get a strep test, right on site at the in-office health clinic. This employee wellness program has helped BAE Systems deliver elements of primary care and...

Ridesharing Deal Eliminates Barriers to Patient Care Access

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Sutter Physician Services has partnered with ridesharing service Lyft to help patients get to their doctor’s appointments, eliminating some barriers to patient care access. Nearly 3.6 million patients miss their medical appointments each...

Patient Access to Preventive Care Key for Cancer Care Equity

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Better care coordination and patient access to preventive care will help drive cancer care equity, according to a report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP). The 2017 State of Cancer...

4 Steps to Reduce ED Overcrowding, Boost Patient Care Access

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Researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have developed a set of guidelines for reducing emergency department overcrowding and wait times, helping to improve the patient experience and eliminate delayed patient care...

Understanding Health Equity in Value-Based Patient Care

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Care quality, disease management, and genetic makeup are core parts of patient health. However, stakeholders must also acknowledge that patient health is much more than medical interventions. This is especially true with value-based patient care...

Why Understanding Low Medication Adherence is a Team Effort

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It is problematic when any patient doesn’t take a life-saving medication, but it is downright scary when more than two-thirds of HIV positive Medicaid patients have low medication adherence, according to Keith Dunn, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVE....

Financial Incentives Encourage HIV Patients to Access Treatment

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Patients become more likely to access treatment when there is money to be gained, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. These recent findings add to the growing literature indicating that financial...

How Housing Support Addresses the Social Determinants of Health

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Housing insecurity is a critical social determinant of health, demanding the attention of healthcare industry professionals, according to a new guidebook from the American Hospital Association (AHA). The report specifically focuses on housing...

Using Community Health Partnerships to Address Social Needs

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In the city of McCook, Nebraska, paramedics visit the homes of patients recently released from the hospital, checking in on their health needs and making sure patients’ homes are suitable for recovery. This community health partnership...

5 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Care Patients

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One of the more difficult aspects of medicine may also be one of the most important: putting care and medication plans in the patient’s hands. Chronic illness patients don’t always follow their care management plans, making it imperative...

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