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How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

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States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

NYU Taps Telehealth to Boost Patient Care Access for Urgent Needs

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Telehealth technology is revolutionizing patient care access for urgent care needs at NYU Langone Health. A new virtual care platform will now allow patients to access urgent care in a more cost-effective and convenient manner. The...

Aiming for Success in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model

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Evolution and adaptability are essential for healthcare organizations aiming to thrive in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models. As the healthcare industry continues to change, organizations need to be ready to address changing...

How Can Providers Drive Transitions of Care for Teen Primary Care?

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Healthcare providers should consider special patient populations in conjunction with strong care coordination and patient education during adolescent transitions of care from pediatrics to adult primary care, according to a new...

Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the...

Medicaid Expansion States Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

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Low-income adult patients living in Medicaid expansion states tend to have better access to healthcare services than patients living in non-expansion states, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The...

How Text Message Communication Improves Patient Outreach

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For Bill Hambsh, CEO of North Florida Women’s Care, patient outreach and communication looked a lot more like a game of phone tag. The process, which ideally would be marked with efficiency and high patient engagement levels, too...

Physician Assistant Market Poised to Fill Patient Care Access Gaps

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The job market for certified physician assistants (PAs) remains strong as healthcare organizations use non-physician clinicians to support patient care access amidst the provider shortage issue, according to new data from the National...

Nurse Staffing Ratios Tied to High Costs, Patient Safety Savings

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A Massachusetts ballot question considering mandated nurse staffing ratios will cost the Commonwealth, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations because of increased staffing needs, according to an analysis from the Massachusetts...

Payer Awards $2M for Social Determinants of Health, Community Health

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The Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grant funding to 25 non-profit organizations working to address the social determinants of health. These grants come as a part of the Aetna Foundation’s Building Healthy...

Do Hospital Closures Impact Rural Patient Access to Care?

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Rural regions are experiencing hospital closures at a disproportionate rate, putting patient access to care at risk, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Between 2013 and 2017, 64 of the 2,400...

CMS Updates eMedicare Website to Improve Beneficiary Experience

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CMS has revamped the eMedicare website, adding new tools to enhance the Medicare beneficiary experience when searching for a health plan. These updates include tools aimed at making it easier for beneficiaries to understand plan details,...

How Health Coaching Improves Medication Adherence, Chronic Care

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Healthcare professionals looking to support better chronic disease management and improved medication adherence should consider another tool in their arsenal: nurse-led health coaching. The healthcare industry has long been chipping away...

Beneficiary, Patient Engagement with Health IT, Payers Increases

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Patient engagement with their own health and health providers is markedly increasing, with more patients using health IT to improve their health and better understand their health payer plans, according to new data from...

Patient Access to Care, Preventive Care Key for Opioid Crisis

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Improving preventive care, increasing patient access to care, and addressing societal stigma will be the linchpins in addressing the opioid crisis that ravages the nation, according to a new report from the Surgeon General. The report,...

How Community Care Coordination Drove Down Avoidable ED Visits

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The healthcare industry is grappling with issues tied to avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, a costly trend that serves as an important indicator of lacking care management. In Milwaukee, a community organization is working to...

NIH Funds Center for Chronic Disease Management Research

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a research facility targeted at supporting patient engagement in chronic disease management. The Promoting...

How Can Health Pros Measure Rural Patient Access to Care?

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A new report from the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership underscores the importance of quality measures targeted specifically at rural health and patient access to care. The report focuses on the matters that are most...

How to Integrate Health Coach Strategies into the Clinical Space

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With the healthcare industry embracing value-based care models, it will be important for providers to push for overall patient wellness. To that end, providers must help their patients adopt new healthy behaviors, a goal that is largely...

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