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Defining Avoidable Visits to Drive Affordable Patient ED Access

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The criteria for an avoidable emergency department visit is far too broad, leading industry leaders to limit access to affordable patient ED access, according to a new study on ED utilization. The study also suggested that patients need more...

Driving Employee Wellness Programs with Health Clinic Services

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In between trips to the water cooler and the copy machine, employees at BAE Systems can get a strep test, right on site at the in-office health clinic. This employee wellness program has helped BAE Systems deliver elements of primary care and...

Ridesharing Deal Eliminates Barriers to Patient Care Access

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Sutter Physician Services has partnered with ridesharing service Lyft to help patients get to their doctor’s appointments, eliminating some barriers to patient care access. Nearly 3.6 million patients miss their medical appointments each...

Patient Access to Preventive Care Key for Cancer Care Equity

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Better care coordination and patient access to preventive care will help drive cancer care equity, according to a report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP). The 2017 State of Cancer...

4 Steps to Reduce ED Overcrowding, Boost Patient Care Access

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Researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have developed a set of guidelines for reducing emergency department overcrowding and wait times, helping to improve the patient experience and eliminate delayed patient care...

Understanding Health Equity in Value-Based Patient Care

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Care quality, disease management, and genetic makeup are core parts of patient health. However, stakeholders must also acknowledge that patient health is much more than medical interventions. This is especially true with value-based patient care...

Why Understanding Low Medication Adherence is a Team Effort

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It is problematic when any patient doesn’t take a life-saving medication, but it is downright scary when more than two-thirds of HIV positive Medicaid patients have low medication adherence, according to Keith Dunn, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVE....

Financial Incentives Encourage HIV Patients to Access Treatment

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Patients become more likely to access treatment when there is money to be gained, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. These recent findings add to the growing literature indicating that financial...

How Housing Support Addresses the Social Determinants of Health

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Housing insecurity is a critical social determinant of health, demanding the attention of healthcare industry professionals, according to a new guidebook from the American Hospital Association (AHA). The report specifically focuses on housing...

Using Community Health Partnerships to Address Social Needs

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In the city of McCook, Nebraska, paramedics visit the homes of patients recently released from the hospital, checking in on their health needs and making sure patients’ homes are suitable for recovery. This community health partnership...

5 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Care Patients

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One of the more difficult aspects of medicine may also be one of the most important: putting care and medication plans in the patient’s hands. Chronic illness patients don’t always follow their care management plans, making it imperative...

What are Healthcare Navigators, Patient-Centered Care Benefits?

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Healthcare navigators are like the industry’s version of a car GPS. They help patients get from place to place in a healthcare system that can often be difficult to understand. But unlike GPS, healthcare navigators are not necessarily helping...

How Community Health Centers Support Patient-Centered Care

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Each year, HHS celebrates Community Health Centers week. It is a time where the agency recognizes the impact community health centers have on patient-centered care and how they promote access to care in vulnerable or medically underserved populations....

Retail Clinic Access Bumps Patients Receiving Flu Shots Rate

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Allowing pharmacists to give immunizations in the retail clinic offers a more convenient option for healthcare consumers, helping to increase the rate of patients receiving flu shots, according to research from the National Association of Drug...

Top 4 Patient Motivation Techniques for Health Improvement

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Creating a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan is only half the battle for doctors; actually getting patients to follow through is its own beast. Providers can better achieve overall patient wellness by using a set of patient motivation...

Strategy Joins ED, PCPs to Drive Rural Patient Access to Care

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Strong partnership and care coordination between primary care providers and emergency departments could improve population health and patient access to care in rural regions, according to a trio of researchers. The proposed care model was published...

AMA Joins Org Targeting Patient Access to Specialist Care

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The AMA has joined forces with the Human Diagnosis Project (Human Dx), an organization which seeks to help expand patient access to specialist care by digitally connecting providers to other specialists. Currently, 30 million patients are uninsured...

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...

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