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PCORI Funds Shared Decision-Making, Patient Care Access Studies

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News out of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is promising for healthcare stakeholders looking to advance shared decision-making and patient care access. PCORI has authorized $6.5 million in funding for a new initiative...

Using Risk Stratification in Patient Engagement Strategies

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As healthcare professionals continue to develop meaningful patient engagement strategies, they should consider using risk stratification to determine how and with which patients providers will engage. Risk stratification is “the process...

Public Health Org Aims to Meet Social Determinants of Health

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Former HHS Acting Assistant Secretary Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSC, will be co-chairing a new public health institute that will target and engage local health partners to help meet the social determinants of health. The de Beaumont Foundation...

3 Factors Swaying Patient Decisions for Treatment Facilities

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In the age of healthcare consumerism, patients are increasingly activated in their own healthcare. This includes in making decisions for treatment facilities at which patients wish to receive their care. Patients are largely spending their own...

FDA Expanded Patient Medication Access Program Successful

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The FDA has successfully enacted its expanded patient medication access program, which allows patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses access to medications that have not yet moved past the clinical trial period, according to a report...

Centralized Appointment Scheduling Aids Patient Experience

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Centralized management tools are critical in healthcare, especially as the industry is increasingly marked by hospital mergers and healthcare acquisitions. Health system leaders can use centralized appointment scheduling to manage multiple patient...

Caregiver, Social Support Key in Patient Self-Management Plans

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Caregiver presence and strong family engagement help patients adhere to their chronic care self-management plans, according to recent research from the American Thoracic Society. The study, published in the Journal of the American Thoracic Society,...

Retail Clinics Expand Convenient Patient Access to Lab Services

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Seven Walgreens retail clinic locations will now host LabCorp testing, offering patients convenient access to lab services. Walgreens and LabCorp formed this partnership in an effort to increase the number of healthcare services patients can...

Medical Resident Shortage Hinders Rural Patient Care Access

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Medical residents beginning their careers are unevenly concentrated in the Northeast and urban regions of the United States, potentially exacerbating clinician shortages and hindering rural patient care access, according to an assessment from...

Funding Aids FQHCs in Patient-Centered Medical Home Models

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Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and safety net clinics can successfully reach patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation with adequate government funding, according to a recent RAND Corporation report. The study, published in...

UCLA Program Drives Healthcare Access with Immigrant Docs

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The UCLA International Medical Graduate Program aims to assist legal immigrants in obtaining their US board certification and funnel more clinicians toward medically-underserved regions that want for healthcare access. The program enrolls legal...

77% of Patients Want Access to Virtual Care, Telehealth

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Patient demand for virtual care and telehealth access is high despite some provider viewpoints, according to recent data from the Advisory Board. The Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which included over 5,000 patients across the country,...

3 Steps to Improving Appointment Scheduling for Patients

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Ensuring seamless appointment scheduling for patients is a critical part of getting patients in the office door and engaging with their healthcare. However, healthcare organizations are falling short on this front, highlighting a need for appointment...

Using Social Determinants of Health in Patient-Centered Care

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The social determinants of health (SDOH) are becoming increasingly relevant in the healthcare space. As the healthcare industry continues toward patient-centered care, experts are exploring patient health outside of the hospital’s four...

Using Microhospitals to Support Patient Emergency Care Access

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Microhospitals are proving that in healthcare, bigger isn’t always better. Healthcare organizations are turning to these new facilities to expand patient access to emergency care as part of their efforts to meet increasing consumer needs....

Understanding Stigma as a Mental Healthcare Barrier

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Despite the millions of patients managing a mental illness, very few are accessing treatment. Stigma and negative perceptions associated with mental illness are noted mental healthcare barriers for patients. Former US Surgeon General David Satcher...

VA Drives Plans for Patient Education, Experience Improvement

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The VA Health Administration implemented an online tool to drive patient education about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health treatment options. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid outlines different evidence-based treatments,...

Patients Say Primary Care Access Pushes Health Industry Growth

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Patients agree that primary care access is key to improving the healthcare industry, and they want to see better support for patients and primary care physicians, according to a survey from Health is Primary, a campaign hosted by Family Medicine...

Patients Need Strong Broadband for mHealth, Telehealth Access

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The AHA and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) plan to improve broadband services in rural regions. This will make mHealth and...

Walgreens Partnership Boosted Patient Mental Health Screening

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A partnership between Walgreens and Mental Health America (MHA) resulted in an increase in patients screening for mental health and taking the steps to manage a mental illness. The partnership, forged last year, included an online platform on...

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