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Executive Order Calls to Aid Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life. The order, titled “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed...

3 Things to Know to Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment

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As more non-profit hospitals gear up for a new year of addressing the social determinants of health, they have begun issuing notices for completing their community health needs assessments (CHNAs). From Illinois to New Jersey, healthcare organizations...

Assessing the Outcomes, Successes of Community Health Programs

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Community health program leaders need to develop better measures to assess the success and efficacy of projects that address the social determinants of health, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Community health has been...

Hospital Funds $250K in Housing Aid, Social Determinants of Health

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The University of Illinois Hospital has reinvested $250,000 into their Better Health Through Housing program, which helps address the social determinants of health such as housing security. The social determinants of health are external factors...

What are the Pros and Cons of Retail, Urgent Care Clinics?

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Retail and urgent care clinics are an ever-growing segment of the healthcare industry. These alternative treatment sites allow patients to receive care from qualified provider in settings outside of the traditional office or emergency department....

Drug Formulary Exclusion Lists Reduce Patient Access to Treatment

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Drug formulary exclusion lists are getting longer, making it more difficult for patients to access the medications and treatments they may need to manage their illnesses, according to a recent study from the Doctor-Patient Rights Partnership...

Exploring Open Access Scheduling in Patient Access to Care

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The elusive same-day appointment is top-of-mind for healthcare organizations who are looking to increase convenience and patient access to care. Using open access scheduling processes, facilities and clinics can ensure most, if not all, patients...

Understanding Physician Shortage Issues, Patient Care Access

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Patients often face several barriers that hinder patient care access, ranging from ability to pay for the care encounter to obtaining transportation to the doctor’s office. But now a new barrier is emerging and will likely hinder patients...

How Can Health Orgs Address the Social Determinants of Health?

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The social determinants of health are an increasingly important concept in value-based healthcare. Defined as the external factors that affect patient health, the social determinants of health can influence whether a patient develops a chronic...

Hospital, OCR Enter Deal to Aid Patient-Provider Communication

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The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) has entered into an agreement with various federal agencies to improve patient-provider communication for patients who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deafness and hearing impairment are key social...

Racial Disparities Emerge in Hospice Care Outcomes, Experience

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Racial disparities exist for patients in hospice care outcomes, as African American patients experience higher emergency department utilization, readmission, and hospice disenrollment rates than their white counterparts, according to recent research...

Ambulance Use Down 7%, Patients Access Care Via Rideshare

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Rideshare services such as Uber are revolutionizing the way patients access care, with far more patients opting for an Uber than an ambulance ride during a non-life-threatening medical emergency, according to a working paper out of the University...

The Role of Telehealth Tech in Patient Engagement Strategies

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NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens have partnered to offer telehealth technology in retail-based health kiosks across New York City. The move is a part of both entities’ patient engagement strategies and efforts to offer better patient...

Rideshare Deal to Address Patient Access to Care Barriers

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Ridesharing service Lyft has partnered with Circulation to offer rides to non-emergency care for patients across the country, helping to improve patient access to care. Transportation to care is a significant social determinant of health, influencing...

Proposed VA Bill May Expand Patient Care Access, Community Health

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Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Jerry Moran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, have introduced the Veterans Community...

How Do Healthcare Consumers Define Value in Patient-Centered Care?

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Patients and providers don’t always see eye to eye in terms of what constitutes “value” in healthcare, leaving a gap in what providers can deliver to meet growing industry demands for patient-centered care, according to a recent...

Streamlining HIV Screenings in ED Increases Patient Care Access

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Healthcare professionals have long been looking to reduce long emergency department wait times and overcrowding, both of which are often the result of patients accessing ED care that could otherwise be addressed in the primary care practice,...

Which Patient Care Barriers Impact Rural Hospital Mortality Rates?

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Patients receiving care in rural areas experience higher hospital mortality rates than those in urban areas, but the reasons for the care quality disparities are still unclear, according to a group of researchers from the University of Michigan....

Do Patient-Centered Medical Homes Boost Chronic Care Management?

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A VA initiative to implement patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) across the country has resulted in better chronic care management for patients, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The study looked at a...

How Emergency Medical Centers Create Rural Patient Care Access

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Congress and state governments should relax regulations that would allow more hospitals to transition to emergency medical centers (EMCs), helping to meet patient care access demand while cutting inpatient costs, according to a guide from the...

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