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mHealth Games Can Improve Patient Education about Health Payers

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mHealth games may help support patient education about health payers and insurance plans, helping to close a gap in patient understanding, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient understanding of health...

Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Drive Patient Care Access

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Hospitals play an important role in addressing transportation barriers, patient care access, and other social determinants of health, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association. The AHA paper, “Transportation and...

VA Unveils Online Appointment Scheduling for Patient Access

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VA announced the official launch of its online appointment scheduling system, aiding patients in accessing the primary or specialty care appointment that best suits their schedules. The online appointment scheduling system is only available at...

How to Support Patient Access to Care in Frontier Communities

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Healthcare policymakers should consider a new payment strategy to help support patient access to care in frontier communities, said AHA in a new guidebook on the topic. Published by the AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,...

CVS Health Funding to Support Veteran Access to Healthcare

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CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have awarded $580,000 in grant funding to Easterseals organizations across the country to improve veteran access to healthcare and smoking cessation programs. The awards, granted in honor of Veterans Day,...

Patients Given Lacking Info for Making Healthcare Decisions

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Most states do not offer adequate information to assist patients in making healthcare decisions, according to a joint report from Altarum and Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). The report includes data about state policies on patient-facing price...

How Do Provider Profiles Influence Patient Care Access Decisions?

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Do patients make care access decisions based on provider credentials, or on appointment availability? The answer may depend on what kind of provider profile and reviews patients consult, according to one new survey. The review of 1,100 patients...

Using Urgent Care Centers to Support Rural Patient Care Access

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Urgent care centers are effective for overcoming patient care access issues in medically underserved areas, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). As a part of its Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities, AHA recently...

CMS to Expand Patient Access to Treatment for Substance Abuse

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CMS has announced a new initiative to allow states to design their own programs to expand patient access to treatment for substance abuse and opioid misuse disorders. This move comes as a part of the administration’s efforts to combat the...

Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

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Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests that...

HHS Lacks Measures for Patient Treatment Access for Opioid Misuse

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As a part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, HHS has worked to expand patient access to treatment for opioid misuse. However, the agency has not adopted adequate measures to assess the success of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)...

Partnerships with Hospitals, Clinics Up Rural Patient Care Access

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 Sharing clinicians between larger academic medical centers and rural health centers is a cost-effective method for improving rural patient care access in medically underserved areas, according to new research. The research, presented at...

APRN Students Improve Doc Shortage, Patient Healthcare Access

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The Graduate Nurses Education (GNE) demonstration project funded by CMS helped increase the number of enrolled and graduated advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students, according to a recent HHS report. This will ideally help close clinician...

FDA Drafts Provisions to Boost Patient Access to Medical Devices

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The FDA plans to improve patient access to medical devices by streamlining the agency’s regulatory actions, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced. In a public statement, Gottlieb reiterated the agency’s commitment to improving...

How Patient Outreach Technology Can Support ACO Success

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When Triad HealthCare Network (THN) became a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization (ACO) in 2012, the network’s director of accountable care operations, Elissa Langley, knew she and her team would need extensive...

Cancer Care Groups Partner for Better Patient Navigator Services

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The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have formed a strategic national partnership to create comprehensive access to quality patient navigator services. The National Alliance Partnership...

CVS Deal to Support Affordable Drugs, Patient Treatment Access

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CVS Health and Epic Systems have announced a partnership for improving visibility of low-cost drug alternatives. The strategy should help patients overcome high drug costs barriers, which can often prohibit patient treatment access. CVS Health...

VA Sends Congress Draft Proposal for Veterans Choice Program

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The Department of Veterans Affairs presented its Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act to the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. The proposed draft is a Veterans Choice Program revamp that gets rid of the...

RWJF Funds Population Health, Community Health Outreach Office

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NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health will create an Office for Enhancing Hospitals’ Role in Improving Community Health using grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The $800,000 grant will help NYU Langone...

Patient Goals, Priorities Key for Chronic Disease Management

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Taking a holistic, patient-centric approach to wellness is crucial to chronic disease management, according to recent research from the Christensen Institute. The paper argues that goal-setting outside of health outcomes will support a path toward...

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