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Doc Education Data Key for Clinician Shortage, Patient Care Access

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HHS needs more information about graduate medical education (GME) to better assess GME enrollment, the national clinician shortage, and patient care access, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Graduate...

Lyft Partnership to Support Ambulatory Patient Access to Care

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A new partnership between Acuity Link and Lyft will enable better patient access to care in the ambulatory, outpatient setting. Acuity Link is a non-emergency medical transportation provider with goals to over come transportation as a major social...

Using Kiosks to Assess Social Determinants of Health in Veterans

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From the ability to easily access timely medical care to experiencing certain medical conditions at disproportionate rates, veterans represent an extremely vulnerable patient population. That limited health equity is further exacerbated when...

Pharmacy Appointments Increase Patient Satisfaction, Vaccinations

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An appointment-based model (ABM) in the pharmacy can improve patient satisfaction, patient-provider relationships, and adherence to preventive care and vaccinations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Pharmacist Association....

Low Medication Adherence Common in Younger, Depressed Patients

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Younger patients and patients managing depression are more likely to have low medication adherence, according to a recent survey from the American Kidney Fund (AKF). The survey of over 1,200 dialysis patients found that patients ages 18 to 39...

Changes in ED, Clinic Use Mark Impacts on Patient Access to Care

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Urgent care clinics, retail clinics, and telehealth are getting more attention in recent years as alternative places of healthcare service, according to a recent analysis from FAIR Health. The rise in various healthcare delivery sites has had...

92% of Docs Say Prior Authorization Harms Patient Access to Care

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Ninety-two percent of clinicians say lengthy prior authorization protocols have impeded timely patient access to care and harmed patient clinical outcomes, according to a new survey released by the American Medical Association (AMA). Prior authorization...

Maintaining Patient Access to Care During Natural Disasters

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As communities across the country are hit with natural disasters, healthcare organizations must create contingency plans to help preserve patient access to care during disaster recovery. According to new research published in the Journal of the...

BCBS Targets Medical Transportation, Social Determinants of Health

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has created the Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute (BCBS Institute), an organization geared toward addressing the social determinants of health. BCBSI will begin its work by addressing transportation...

How to Use Patient Outreach Technology in Patient-Centered Care

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As medical practices seek to close gaps in care and reduce patient no-show rates, many may be turning to patient outreach technology to better connect with patients. But in an industry seeing technology emerge at lightning speed, some medical...

Health Systems Tap Patient Outreach Pros to Address Opioid Misuse

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  Christiana Care Health System and New Castle County in Delaware have created a patient outreach program to help connect patients recently treated for opioid overdose with patient education and access to other behavioral health services....

Solutions for Reducing Healthcare Appointment Wait Times for Patients

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Long appointment wait times are an age-old problem in healthcare. While some patients find themselves waiting extraordinary times in the office waiting room, others are waiting days, weeks, or even months to get their foot in the door. Long appointment...

Uber Health Launches as Ridesharing Fills Patient Care Access Needs

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Ridesharing company Uber has officially launched Uber Health, a platform specifically designed for patients with medical transportation and care access needs. Lack of transportation to a medical facility is an important social determinant of...

DoD Physician Shortage May Cause Lapse in Patient Access to Care

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The Department of Defense (DoD) and the three military branches have insufficient strategies for recruiting military physicians, limiting patient access to care especially during wartime, according to a new report from the Government Accountability...

Clinician Training Courses Support Shared Decision-Making in Care

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Patient and provider training courses may increase the efficacy of shared decision-making in multicultural behavioral health clinics, according to new research in JAMA Psychiatry. Shared decision-making has been touted as an effective strategy...

VA Launches Patient Access to Care Outreach Program for Vets

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Many newly-discharged military personnel are unaware of the healthcare benefits the VA provides, limiting patient access to care. That is poised to change, as the VA launched its Concierge for Care program, a patient education initiative geared...

Behavioral Health Medical Home Enhances Patient Activation in Care

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A behavioral health home model is an effective strategy for integrating mental and behavioral health into primary care services, according to a new initiative at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for High-Value Health...

Patient-Centered Opioid Program Improves Patient Access to Care

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A patient-centric approach to opioid dosage tapering can reduce the need for behavioral health specialists, thus improving patient access to the often-costly process of weaning off opioid treatments, according to a research letter published in...

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 industry...

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 disparities...

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