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How Medical Legal Partnerships Support Community Health Projects

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On a phone call with a legal firm two years ago, Cook County Health & Hospitals Systems (CCHHS) Director of Policy Kathy Chan knew she was on the cusp of bringing community health to the Chicago area through medical legal partnerships. The...

VA Must Vet Resources Aiding Patient Treatment Decisions

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The VA’s care quality transparency on Hospital Compare and its own website help inform patient treatment decisions, found a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, the agency must do more to ensure the accuracy...

More Patient Access to Payer Coverage Closes Health Disparities

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Medicaid expansion has helped low-income, minority, and cancer patients access health payer coverage and closed some health disparities, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) Annual...

Engaging All Stakeholders in the Culture of Community Health

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Creating a community health program — a county farm to table project or subsidized housing system — is not something healthcare organizations and their partners are required to do. And yet as healthcare begins to extend beyond the...

Addressing Language Barriers in Patient-Provider Communication

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Meaningful patient-provider interactions are at the heart of a valuable clinical encounter, allowing providers to fully engage patients in the healthcare experience. But in an increasingly diverse healthcare industry, language barriers and limited...

3 Stakeholders Driving Patient Engagement in the Pharmacy

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Low rates of medication adherence has brought the importance of supporting patient engagement in the pharmacy to the forefront. As patients continue to struggle to stick to treatment plans, clinicians assume most of the responsibility of motivating...

Racial Disparities Limit Health Equity in Pain Management

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Racial disparities may prohibit full health equity in surgical recovery care and pain management, according to research from Johns Hopkins Medicine. In a retrospective analysis of over 600 colorectal surgery patients, the research team, led by...

Wellness Coordinators Deliver Patient Outreach in Rural Areas

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Employing wellness coordinators is an effective strategy for increasing patient outreach and supporting widespread preventive care in rural areas, according to research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Increasing...

What is Motivational Interviewing in Patient Care Management?

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Motivational interviewing is a patient engagement strategy geared toward overcoming a significant challenge in patient care: convincing a patient to make a health behavior change. “A central challenge for many providers is persuading patients...

What is the Difference Between Urgent Care, Retail Health Clinics?

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Urgent care and retail health clinics have been instrumental in supplementing patient healthcare access. These alternative treatment facilities allow patients to receive care outside of their primary care clinic’s restrictive office schedule...

How to Support Patient Engagement in Pediatric Transitions of Care

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When working with young chronic illness patients, Cory Nourie, the transition of care officer at Nemours Children’s Health, always asks patients to describe how they are feeling and the symptoms they experience. What might look like a strategy...

Kaiser Permanente Slated to Open 31 New Retail Health Clinics

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Kaiser Permanente is set to expand patient access to care by opening up 31 retail health clinics across Southern California. Branded as “Target clinic, care provided by Kaiser Permanente,” these facilities will allow patients to access...

NYC Orgs Partner for Patient Self-Management, Health Coaching

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New York City-based hospital Mount Sinai St. Luke’s has partnered with a local health coaching group to support health coaching and patient self-management. The one-year pilot partnership between Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and City Health...

Solving Homelessness to Overcome Population Health Challenges

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Nearly two years ago, the CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) invested $250,000 to help homeless individuals obtain permanent housing. From the onset, the move had no direct financial benefit for...

Health Disparities Persist in Patient Access to Care Under ACA

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Medicaid expansion increased patient access to care, insurance coverage, and community health clinic (CHC) services, but did not entirely eradicate some racial and ethnic health disparities, according to research published in the Annals of Family...

What is the Patient Activation Measure in Patient-Centered Care?

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Patient activation is a key concept in the push for patient-centered care, but is often conflated with the notion of driving patient engagement. However, patient activation is its own quantifiable concept supported by the patient activation measure...

How to Create, Conduct Community Health Needs Assessments

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Healthcare organizations working toward addressing the social determinants of health are using community health needs assessments (CHNAs) to determine the best path forward. From uncovering community health and social woes to identifying viable...

Knowledge Gaps in Pharma Services Limit Patient Engagement

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Knowledge gaps about pharmaceutical patient services are keeping healthcare providers from recommending useful services to patients and also limit patient engagement with these services, according to an Accenture survey. The survey of over 350...

Streamlined VA Enrollment Can Spur Better Patient Care Access

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The VA needs more streamlined protocol surrounding patient enrollment into VHA coverage, according to a recent GAO report. Currently, the VA exceeds the 5-day processing timeline for enrollment, which hinders patient access to care. The enrollment...

How Health Centers Measure the Social Determinants of Health

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Most health centers serving safety net patients measure the social determinants of health in a similar way, making the process uniform and conducive to wide-spread intervention, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board...

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