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How Poor mHealth App Usability Limits Patient Engagement

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mHealth apps might not be all they’re chalked up to be, especially in the realm of patient engagement and chronic disease management. In a data brief published by the Commonwealth Fund, researchers explain how most mHealth apps have low...

How Can Wellness Programs Improve to Boost Patient Motivation?

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Understanding what motivates patients to improve their health and wellness remains a long-standing challenge for providers. Investigating patient wellness programs may be key to understanding the truth behind patient motivation. Two recent studies,...

88% Favor Expanded Use of Nurse Practitioners in VA Facilities

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Eighty-eight percent of Americans support a new proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allowing nurse practitioners to practice at the top of their licenses in an effort to expand patient access to care. According to a press...

Can Medicaid Packages Help Boost Patient Engagement?

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Boosting patient responsibility for their own healthcare – particularly financial responsibility – may have a positive effect on patient engagement levels. In a first-year analysis of Indiana’s Medicaid program, Healthy Indiana...

Financial Incentives May Not Always Drive Patient Engagement

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Could financial incentives drive better patient engagement and care outcomes? Probably no, says one recent study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University’s...

3 Creative Patient Engagement Strategies Improving Patient Care

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While patient portals and secure messaging systems often get positive reviews from the healthcare industry for their abilities to involve patients in their healthcare, new and innovative approaches are also helping to improve patient engagement....

How VA Handles Problems Related to Patient Access to Care

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seemingly always under the microscope regarding a practice issue. Recently, the agency has been under fire for problems in facilitating patient access to healthcare. But what exactly are the care access...

Can Digital Communication, mHealth Boost Patient Satisfaction?

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Although there is a high rate of patient satisfaction with primary care providers, there is still room for improvement with regard to digital communication and patient engagement technologies, one survey shows. The survey, conducted via Harris...

Do Patient Engagement Programs Improve Addiction Treatment?

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Interactive patient engagement programs focused on overall health education show promise for helping patients manage their addiction treatment, research from Kaiser Permanente Northern California shows. The study, published this month in JAMA...

How Health IT Helps Follow-Up Care, Chronic Disease Management

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One of the biggest hurdles faced by the healthcare industry  is chronic disease management, and ensuring patients with persistent conditions like diabetes or obesity are properly cared for. The key to success, many experts say, is ensuring...

Patient Engagement, Quality “Too Important to Leave to Luck”

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To create an industry filled with robust patient engagement that builds to quality healthcare, leaders will need to focus on care coordination and integrating the patient into the care team. How to develop that engagement was the hot topic at...

Senators Urge HELP Committee to Reassess Patient Access to Care

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A bipartisan group of US Senators is urging the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to shift its focus to patient perspectives on access to care, particularly in light of rising healthcare costs. The letter, addressed to...

Senate Bill Seeks to Improve Patient Access to Care at IHS, VA

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A new Senate bill, the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act, could help improve patient access to care through a collaboration between the Indian Health Services (IHS) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Often, tribal veterans who...

Senate Bill Boosts Patient Access to Care in Rural Regions

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The Senate has passed South Dakota Senator John Thune’s Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015, which will now make its way toward the President’s desk. The bill, which Thune expects the President will sign, will help promote...

AMA: Physicians Must Lead VA Teams for Quality, Care Access

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Physicians must remain at the head of patient care teams in order to maintain the quality of services available to patients within the Department of Veterans Affairs, says the American Medical Association (AMA) in a public statement. In response...

VA Works to Boost Patient Access to Healthcare Amidst Turmoil

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The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has proposed changing their healthcare provider standards to allow advanced practice registered nurses permission to practice at the top of their licenses, ideally improving patient access to healthcare...

More Face-to-Face Interaction Is Key to Patient Engagement

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More face time with patients is a top patient engagement strategy, while mHealth tools are not, says a recent survey from the New England Journal of Medicine. The survey, administered between February and March of this year, gleaned insights...

HHS Funds Facility Expansion to Boost Patient Access to Care

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a total of $260 million worth of funding toward the renovation of various primary care facilities, helping to improve care quality and patient access to care, according to a press...

GAO Reports Find Patient Access to Care Issues at IHS, DOD

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The Indian Health System (IHS) is not keeping up to standards with regard to patient access to care, a new report from the Government Accountability Office stated. The GAO investigation found that wait times for primary care at IHS facilities...

Easier Appointment Scheduling Can Boost Patient Access to Care

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Developing strong patient engagement strategies is critical for any provider, particularly in this value-based healthcare world, but facilitating actual access to care may be an equally critical hurdle. According to Irene Vergules, a medical...

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