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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...

Payers, Purchasers Must Guarantee Mental Health Access Parity

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When compared to access opportunities for physical health treatment, mental health access leaves something to be desired, according to a recent report from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Healthcare payers and...

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...

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