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How Does Step Therapy Impact Patient Care Access, Costs?

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As the healthcare industry grapples with growing prescription drug costs, patients are feeling the burden with higher patient financial responsibility. Step therapy has long been one strategy to quell those growing costs, but what are the...

Patients Unclear About Access to Telehealth Under their Health Plans

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Nearly half of Medicare Advantage patients are unsure of whether their health plans cover access to telehealth or virtual care services, according to recent HealthMine data. The survey of just under 800 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries...

Clinicians Double Patient Access to Meds for Opioid Misuse in 2017

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Clinicians are increasing patient access to medications commonly used to halt an opioid overdose and to treat substance abuse disorder, tackling the opioid crisis on the frontlines, according to the American Medical Association Opioid Task...

NEMT Patient Care Access Cuts $40K in Medicaid Patient Costs

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Non-emergency medical transportation yields a considerable return on investment (ROI) as it helps with patient care access in chronic disease management, according to new data from the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC). On...

How Do Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions Impact Patients?

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Healthcare mergers and acquisitions have been the cause of considerable debate across the medical industry, calling into question the tools and scale necessary to thrive in current care models as well as the notion of anti-trust laws in...

Using Automated Patient Outreach to Improve Patient Communications

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High-touch patient communication is one of the key elements of meaningful patient engagement. As providers work to get their patients in the clinic door for important screenings and preventive care, automated patient outreach tools have...

Patient-Provider Communication, Education Key for Opioid Prescribing

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Open patient-provider communication is essential for providers looking to combat the opioid crisis, according to a recent report from the Medical Group Management Association. The report, Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: Effective Policies...

Walgreens Digital Health Tool to Drive Patient Care Access

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Walgreens is stepping into the digital and connect health industry with the launch of its Find Care Now platform, a tool aimed at improving patient care access. The platform will connect patients with care services at various Walgreens...

Who are Community Health Workers, How Do They Treat Patients?

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The transition to value-based care has expanded the definition of patient wellness to include both physical and social health. As patient care stretches into the community, the healthcare workforce begins to center on the community health...

Patient Groups Advocate Patient Access to Care in Drug Blueprint

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The Department of Health & Human Services’ drug pricing blueprint presents numerous opportunities to lower drug prices, but the agency should be wary of changes that would restrict patient access to care, the American Cancer...

Do Rideshare Tools Reduce Transport Barriers, Patient No-Shows?

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Offering patients access to rideshare services can help address transportation barriers and decrease patient no-show rates by nearly one-quarter, according to recent research presented by Lyft in partnership with Hitch Health. The study...

Supporting Frontline Healthcare Workers in Clinician Shortage

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Healthcare is facing an impending patient care access crisis as clinician shortage gaps continue to widen. But as medical experts work to address the growing clinician shortage issue, they must also consider shortages in frontline...

FDA: Patient Access to OTC Drugs to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

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A draft guidance from FDA will help patients navigate over-the-counter (OTC) drug alternatives for some of their usual, prescription chronic disease management drugs. Ideally, this will promote patient choice in their own medications and...

Funding Deal to Address Provider Shortage, Patient Care Access

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LA Care Health Plan has committed $31 million to creating programs that would funnel more doctors into high-risk patient populations, ideally closing patient care access gaps that are cropping up amidst the provider shortage. The...

How Dose Packaging Improves Medication Adherence in Chronic Care

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When it comes to consumer engagement with a certain product, it’s all in the packaging. The same rings true in healthcare, as more medical professionals are considering dose packaging to help improve medication adherence and patient...

UnitedHealthcare Invests Millions in Social Determinants of Health

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UnitedHealthcare has awarded multimillion-dollar grants to community health organizations to help address the social determinants of health in Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, the health plan has announced. These grants...

FDA Calls for Patient Access to Painkillers Amidst Opioid Epidemic

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Tackling the nationwide opioid crisis requires a nuanced approach that recognizes safe prescribing protocols while still ensuring patient access to painkillers they genuinely need, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In a...

Driving Health Equity in Value-Based Care Payment Models

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Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service payments to value-based payment models is an important step toward higher-quality healthcare and more judicious healthcare spending. However, emerging payment models must take into account the...

How Clinical Decision Support Drives Care Access in Rural Areas

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With healthcare policies prioritizing better patient wellness and value-based care, healthcare organizations are working to drive patient care access. But with care access leaving something to be desired in rural areas, medical...

Intermountain Alliance to Address Social Determinants of Health

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Intermountain Healthcare plans to invest $12 million in programs to coordinate community care services that address the social determinants of health in two Utah cities, the organization recently announced. These funds will bolster the...

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