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Shared Decision-Making Reduces Cardiac Admissions from the ED

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Shared decision-making tools can cut cardiac admissions in the emergency department by empowering patients and clinicians to make more informed choices about their care, according to research published in the British Medical Journal and discussed...

OIG: VA Still Struggles with Third-Party Patient Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to bolster its third-party patient care access to help reduce its appointment wait times, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. OIG’s report, which it conducted in response...

Patient Care Navigators Increase Care Quality, Decrease Costs

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Non-clinical laypeople make effective patient care navigators, offering a low-cost solution for offering care coordination services to aging cancer patients trying to access quality treatment, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology....

How Prior Authorization Affects Timely Patient Treatment Access

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A group of 17 healthcare industry stakeholders has published a set of guidelines to improve payer prior authorization programs in an effort to improve timely patient treatment access. Treatment authorization programs, known as utilization management...

Payer Patient Engagement Key for Chronic Disease Management

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Despite the fact that one out of two Americans is managing a chronic disease, only half say they are getting enough support from their health payers to help them stay engaged in their health, according to a recent HealthMine survey. HealthMine’s...

Low-Income Patients Cite Financial, Cultural Barriers to Care

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Low-income and otherwise vulnerable patients are facing barriers to accessing their healthcare, citing lack of cost transparency and insufficient language assistance as primary issues, according to a recent survey conducted by Oliver Wyman and...

Practical Patient-Centered Care Strategies Key for ACO Success

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As the healthcare industry continues to embrace value-based reimbursement models, accountable care organizations need a strong grip on practical patient-centered care strategies in order to remain competitive, according to a viewpoint published...

How Patient Education Tools Improve Chronic Disease Management

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Empowering and engaging patient education tools are at the core of any meaningful chronic disease management program that succeeds in encouraging individuals to take the actions necessary to achieve their healthcare goals. At Centura Health,...

VA Extends Practice Authority to NPs, Expanding Vet Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has officially granted advanced practice nurse practitioners full practice authority, says a VA news release. The move aims to improve veteran healthcare access by increasing the number of authorized clinicians...

Access to Care, Communication Aid Chronic Disease Patients

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Chronic disease patients tend to experience more healthcare challenges and incur higher costs, but with strong patient-provider communication and more convenient access to care, healthcare professionals can help mediate those issues, according...

70% of Senior Patients Need Better Care Coordination

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Care coordination is an integral part of providing quality healthcare to senior patients, many of which are managing a chronic health condition. But according to a recent survey from CareMore Health, only about 30 percent of senior-aged patients...

AHA Develops Strategies to Enhance Rural Healthcare Access

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As the healthcare industry embraces patient-centered healthcare, organizations must work to ensure healthcare access to vulnerable communities, such as rural or urban regions. So says the American Hospital Association in a recent report. According...

Can Primary Care Address Limited Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare?

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Primary care interventions may be required to help expand behavioral healthcare access to underserved children, but providers are facing a number of obstacles as they try to improve access to care, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics....

Patients Still Struggle to Access Mental Health Care at VA

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More than a third of veterans struggle to access mental health care within the VA system despite a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a recent survey from the Wounded Warrior Project. Although nearly three-quarters...

Are Mobile Patient Portals the Next Step in Patient Engagement?

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Patient portals are often viewed as critical tools to improve patient engagement, but not every consumer is able to access their health data from a home computer. According to some healthcare professionals, offering a mobile patient portal is...

Care Coordination May Improve Behavioral Healthcare Access

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The healthcare industry should do more to improve behavioral healthcare access and substance abuse disorder treatment, says an op-ed published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in order to account for the growing patient...

Could Low Provider Morale Affect Patient Healthcare Access?

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Low job satisfaction and physician morale may be negatively affecting patient healthcare access, shows a Physician Foundation survey report. The survey, administered to nearly 17,000 primary care and specialty physicians, shows that 53.9 percent...

Providers Poised to Adopt New Patient Engagement Strategies

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A new wave of patient engagement strategies may be approaching now that digital communication tools have become more common, according to recent survey results published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. The poll of more than  350...

Two-Way Communication Improves Cancer Patient Engagement

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Care planning and bidirectional communication initiatives may be helpful for improving patient engagement for cancer survivors, according to a study published in JMIR Cancer, but these programs may be difficult to implement and often fail to...

Ridesharing Services May Drive More Patient Healthcare Access

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Ridesharing services could play a big role in improving patient healthcare access by making it easier for patients to get to their doctor’s appointments. As more individuals gain healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act and subsequent...

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