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High Drug Costs Limit Patient Access to Treatment, Medication

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Rising out-of-pocket patient costs are keeping patients from using two common heart medications, hindering patient access to treatment, according to an analysis from the Cleveland Clinic. Published as a letter to the editor in the most recent...

Patient Engagement in Follow-Up Reduces Hospital Readmission

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Incorporating patients into the care experience and offering explicit recovery instructions are important patient engagement strategies that can help healthcare organizations reduce unplanned hospital readmissions, according to a study published...

What are the Top Common Social Determinants of Health?

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The social determinants of health are the factors that affect health outside of the four walls of the hospital. Housing, social services, geographical location, and education are some of the most common social determinants of health. These factors...

Are Cash Incentives Effective in Driving Patient Motivation?

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Cash incentives as little as $25 can be effective in increasing patient motivation and encouraging patients to visit a primary care provider, according to one new study. The report, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs, explored...

Engagement Strategies for the Patient-Centered Medical Home

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The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been around for decades, making its mark on primary care across the country. However, as healthcare has begun to embrace value-based care and quality improvement, the PCMH has become a popular and...

AHA Playbook Details Community Healthcare Partnerships

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The AHA’s Health Research & Education Trust (HRET) has released a playbook detailing how healthcare organizations can create community healthcare partnerships to drive continuous patient engagement and an overall culture of health....

House Passes Emergency Funds for Veterans Choice, Care Access

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The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that offers emergency funding for the VA to help support veteran care access. The bill is expected to see Senate debate before the two-week August recess. The bill allocates $3.9 billion...

Targeting Wellness Program Messages for At-Risk Patients

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Clinicians can use EHR data to deliver wellness program messages to patients at-risk for certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes. However, program developers must take care in how they deliver these messages to be sensitive to patient preferences,...

How to Develop Community Health, Patient Outreach Efforts

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The AHA has published a toolkit to help drive community health and improve patient outreach efforts in rural regions and vulnerable urban communities. As healthcare becomes increasingly value-based, hospitals are working to use their resources...

CVS Health Deal Drives Patient Care Access, Care Coordination

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CVS Health MinuteClinic and Cleveland Clinic have extended their partnership to drive care coordination between the two providers, helping to improve seamless patient care access in Northeast Ohio and Florida. CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic...

Using Patient Outreach to Spark Success in Bundled Payments

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As bundled payments become mainstays in the healthcare’s shift to value-based care, health organization leaders are working to identify top strategies for success. Tapping into key patient outreach strategies helps practices in risk-based...

5 Patient Engagement Terms Shaping Value-Based Care

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Healthcare professionals are increasingly adopting value-based care models, and turning to strong patient engagement tactics to drive success. However, the language used in patient engagement and value-based care discussions is sometimes nebulous,...

Hospitals Need Targeted Plan for Social Determinants of Health

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Healthcare organizations are tapping into the social determinants of health to improve patient-centered, value-based care, but do not yet have a consistent and targeted approach, according to a new Deloitte report. The report, which included...

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,...

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