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Ridesharing Deal to Drive Timely Patient Healthcare Access

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Lyft and American Medical Response (AMR) have partnered to provide easier transportation and healthcare access for patients receiving outpatient treatment. The partnership will support AMR’s One Call program, which allows patients to call...

Medicaid Patient Healthcare Access on Par with Private Plans

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Medicaid-covered patients experience near equal healthcare access when compared to their privately-insured counterparts, according to a data note from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). “Given Medicaid’s major coverage role and the...

Convenient Telemedicine Access Reduces Travel, Healthcare Costs

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Convenient telemedicine can save patients time and money, with these services producing over $100 in travel time cost savings, according to experts from the University of California Davis. Researchers, led by Chief of the UC Davis Division of...

mHealth Apps Offer Patient-Centered, Convenient Recovery Care

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mHealth apps are helpful in reducing in-person care after surgery, presenting a viable patient-centered and convenient option for patients during post-operative follow-up care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. Offering convenient...

Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times, Harms Patient Care Access

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Doctors’ appointment wait times have increased by 30 percent since 2014, likely due to a growing number of insured patients and resulting physician shortages, according to a Merritt Hawkins survey. The survey of physician practices in 30...

Clinical Trial Finder to Boost Patient Participation in Trials

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The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has launched a brain tumor clinical trial finder to help boost patient participation in treatment development. Brain tumor clinical trials have seen limited patient engagement in recent years, likely because...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how both IHS...

VA Choice Program Protocol Creates Long Patient Wait Times

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Protocol at the Department of Veterans Affairs for scheduling Veterans Choice Program appointments causes veterans to wait up to 81 days for treatment, despite VA goals to administer care within 30 days of requesting a doctor’s appointment,...

Telehealth Boosts Patient Care Access, But Not Cost Savings

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Telehealth may improve patient access to healthcare services, but service over-utilization due to easier access may actually increase healthcare costs, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Telehealth access...

Patient Education Improves Diabetes Self-Management Outcomes

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Self-management programs that include patient education and participant input are helpful in driving outcomes in chronic care management, shows a recent case study on diabetes care published in the American Journal of Managed Care. At a family...

Inaccurate VA Wait Time Data Creates Healthcare Access Issues

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A recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General shows that appointment wait times at the VA are longer than the agency is reporting. According to the brief, these inaccuracies are keeping patients from accessing Veterans Choice, a program...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

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Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

Patient Knowledge Impacts Use of Urgent Care, ED Services

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Patients need more education to help them determine whether to access care in urgent care centers or the emergency department, according to a survey by New York City-based urgent care provider CityMD. Urgent care centers have come to the forefront...

Patient Activation Levels Drive Health Coaching in Chronic Care

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New research in the American Journal of Managed Care calls for payer-sponsored care management programs to improve chronic care management by including individualized health coaching elements. Health payers have a financial impetus to improve...

Senators Urge Sec. Price to Improve Rural Patient Care Access

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On the tails of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s confirmation, a group of senators have sent him a letter urging him to advocate for better patient care access in rural areas. The group of 41 senators, led by Roger Wicker (R-Miss), Jon Tester...

Targeted Patient Engagement Efforts Key for Teen Cancer Care

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Cancer survivors need high levels of patient engagement and education in order to continue to manage their care, mitigate any lingering treatment effects, and prevent relapse. However, patient engagement often falls short for adolescent and young...

Merck Leads Alliance for Patient-Centered Cancer Care Access

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The Merck Foundation has selected six health systems to form the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care, issuing a total of $15 million in grants over five years to improve patient access to cancer care in underserved populations. According...

Patient Education Reduces Costs, Boosts Asthma Outcomes

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Community-based patient education programs can help improve asthma management, resulting in better patient knowledge of their condition, lower healthcare utilization, and lower overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study published in...

MD Bill Aims to Restrict Drug Pricing Changes, Access Barriers

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A Maryland bill could help patients receive uninterrupted access to critical treatments, regardless of changes in their health payer plans by preventing payers from making unreasonable changes to drug prices and medication access. The Continuity...

Patients Want More Access to Telehealth, mHealth Treatment

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The pressure is on for providers and health payers to increase access to digital and telehealth tools as patients demand more technology use, says a recent Accenture survey. In the survey of 1,500 adult respondents, 78 percent said they are interested...

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