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NPs, PAs Could Reduce Primary Care Physician Shortage Nearly 70%

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The healthcare industry is facing a primary care physician shortage that threatens patient access to care in coming years. Leaning on non-physician clinicians such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could reduce...

Building Healthcare Partnerships to Drive Beneficiary Engagement

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When it comes to beneficiary engagement, healthcare payers cannot go it alone. Strong healthcare partnerships with plan members, community stakeholders, and providers help payers understand the best avenues for member outreach. This much...

Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care to Achieve Zero Suicide

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A Zero Suicide Initiative at the Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has underscored the importance of holistic, team-based care. Through integrated mental health and primary care, the health system has leaned on system-wide care...

Key Steps for Tackling Provider Shortages, Patient Care Access Gaps

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The United States is staring down a significant provider shortage, raising questions about how to ensure seamless patient care access in a rapidly changing environment. As of 2016, the healthcare industry lacked 20,000 primary care...

How Does Provider Burnout Impact Patient Care Quality, Care Access?

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Provider burnout has reached staggering levels, leaving healthcare professionals to consider the impacts the issue will have on patient care quality and care access. “The health care environment—with its packed work days,...

Nursing School Research Boosts Patient Access to Mental Healthcare

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A $2.5 million grant to the University of Arizona College of Nursing aims to provide patient access to the right kind of care for their unique needs. Specifically, the money will fund projects aimed at testing two approaches to mental...

How to Improve PBM Practices to Boost Patient Access to Care

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Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) companies need to retool their strategies to improve cancer patient access to care, according to a recent position paper published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The paper, published on...

What Role Do Call Centers Play in Patient Communications?

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Call centers are beginning to fulfill growing and more diverse functions in healthcare organizations, delivering on both internal and patient communication needs, according to a recent Spok survey. The survey of about 400 healthcare...

Solo Docs Build Remote Teams to Tackle Chronic Care Management

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It seems as though all clinicians have adopted some form of a chronic disease management strategy that engages patients in between visits and aims to quell the negative impacts of a chronic illness. But despite the universal imperative for...

AMA: Visas Key to Closing Physician Shortage, Patient Care Access

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The AMA is calling on US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work through its backlog of H-1B Visas to allow non-resident physicians to practice in the country. Non-resident physicians play a significant role in closing...

Distinguishing and Defining Top Patient Engagement Keywords

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As healthcare professionals continue to focus on patient engagement, they face an onslaught of varying and often confusing terminology. Between phrases that sound the same and phrases that sound like they should mean the same thing, it is...

Mission Health Promises Millions in Community, Rural Health Funds

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Mission Health has committed to donating parts of its proceeds from a proposed healthcare acquisition to community health services that address the social determinants of health in rural areas. The North Carolina-based health system...

New Partnership to Support Preventive Care Access, Care Coordination

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A new partnership between the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Camden Center of Healthcare Providers, and Health Quality Partners aims to improve primary care access and care quality. The partnership, backed by $605,000 from the...

VA Sees Issues with Caregiver Program Ahead of MISSION Act Expansion

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The VA has failed to adequately monitor its Caregiver Assistance Program, leading to limitations on patient care access and insufficient program discharge processes, according to a recent analysis from the VA’s Office of Inspector...

Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) is suffering from a clinician shortage, managing a 25 percent provider vacancy rate across all IHS territories, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Clinician...

More Urgent Care, Retail Clinics Offer Low-Cost Patient Care Access

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Urgent care clinics and retail clinics are on the rise across the state of Massachusetts, offering more convenient patient care access for a low cost, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC). The...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Primary Care, ACO Success

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Could integrating the patient-centered medical home into accountable care organizations be the key to driving care quality and cost savings? According to one new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), it could...

How Nurse Staffing Ratios Impact Patient Safety, Access to Care

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A Massachusetts ballot question has the healthcare industry debating nurse staff ratios and how they can impact patient safety and patient access to care. The ballot question at hand involves An Act relative to patient safety and hospital...

CVS Health Introduces Access to Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Tool

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CVS Health is rolling out its own direct-to-consumer telehealth option associated with its MinuteClinic offerings. The 24-hours service will facilitate patient access to care for minor health issues, injuries, and dermatological...

Creating Community Health, Social Programs to Drive Health Equity

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Healthcare industry leaders have made it part of their mission to drive health equity, giving all patients equal opportunity to achieve wellness. But as many organizations work toward this goal by expanding patient access to care, others...

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