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Using Onboarding Automation to Drive Specialty Care Access

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As the healthcare market becomes increasingly competitive, many specialty practices are looking for the safest and most streamlined strategy to increase patient volume. For many facilities, that means turning to onboarding automation, ensuring...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

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The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

AHA Lauds Bill for Patient Access to Rural Emergency Hospitals

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Bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to rural emergency hospitals has been introduced to Congress, according to multiple sources. The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act would create a new rural emergency hospital classification...

Dual Strategy Key for Driving Patient Preventive Screenings

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Patient-facing decision aids used in tandem with patient navigators are effective in improving the rate of preventive cancer screenings, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite general consensus...

Patients Need Help Receiving Chronic Illness Social Support

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Healthcare professionals must educate patients about the importance of social support when facing a chronic illness, according to a report from The Parkinson’s Alliance. The report featured findings from a survey of over 1,400 individuals...

Rural Patients Gain More Telehealth Access in New WA Law

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A new Washington state law to help expand patient access to telehealth services has earned the praise of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). The law, signed by the state’s governor Jay Inslee, clarifies the definition of “home”...

VA Deal Drives Patient Education on Mental Health Treatment

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The VA and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFA) have partnered with Walgreens to improve patient education about mental healthcare access, suicide prevention, and opioid abuse. The partnership will support overcoming mental and behavioral...

BCBS, Lyft Forge Deal for Patient Care Access, Transportation

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has announced a nationwide partnership with Lyft to support patient care access and fill transportation needs. This is a part of BCBSA’s overall strategy to address the social determinants...

CHLA Health Network Drives Coordinated Pediatric Care Access

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) launched the CHLA Health Network, a coalition that aims to improve access to coordinated pediatric healthcare across Southern California. The CHLA Health Network currently includes over 100 clinicians...

Understanding National Patient Language Proficiency, Barriers

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Clear and open patient-provider communication is integral to any healthcare encounter, especially as clinicians look to drive value and patient engagement. To ensure communication is up to par for all patients, clinicians must be mindful of language...

AHA: Realign Inpatient, Outpatient Services to Patient Needs

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to better align inpatient and outpatient healthcare services to meet patient needs. The one-page resource highlights the challenges healthcare organizations face in balancing their...

Using Patient-Centeredness to Drive Practice Improvements

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Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to supporting patient-centeredness. Between appointment scheduling and healthcare access, organizations must ensure processes are simple for all patients, including those who are generally healthy...

Pending Bills May Drive Care Access in Underserved Regions

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Both houses of Congress have introduced companion bills to extend the Conrad State 30 Waiver program through 2021, according to multiple sources. The Conrad State 30 Waiver program drives care access allows state legislatures to extend visa waivers...

57% of Children Have Access to Pediatric Trauma Care Centers

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Just over half of children have feasible access to a pediatric trauma care center that meets their unique needs, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Children who have suffered a severe and potentially...

Payer Administrative Barriers Limit Access to Cancer Care

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Healthcare payers should reform their utilization management strategies and reduce administrative barriers to better facilitate easy access to cancer care, says the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Utilization management strategies...

VA Launches Center for Patient-Centered Healthcare Innovation

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The VA has launched its Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) to help produce and deliver patient-centered healthcare innovations and treatment options to veterans. The CCI will explore cutting-edge medical therapies and emerging workflow...

Mental Healthcare Access Shrinks as Patient Demand Grows

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More patients are struggling with mental healthcare access than ever before, despite the needs from a growing patient population, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center. In an assessment of survey responses to the National Health...

VA Tool Shows Vets Healthcare Access, Care Quality Information

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The VA Health Administration has launched an online quality of care and healthcare access tool to empower patients with more information to make better treatment choices. The tool allows patients to view and compare various aspects of healthcare...

Family Caregiver Engagement Cuts Hospital Readmissions by 25%

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Healthcare organizations that practice meaningful family caregiver engagement and integrate caregivers into the patient discharge process can reduce hospital readmissions by one-quarter, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh...

Congress Advances Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

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The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according...

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