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Distinguishing and Defining Top Patient Engagement Keywords

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As healthcare professionals continue to focus on patient engagement, they face an onslaught of varying and often confusing terminology. Between phrases that sound the same and phrases that sound like they should mean the same thing, it is...

Mission Health Promises Millions in Community, Rural Health Funds

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Mission Health has committed to donating parts of its proceeds from a proposed healthcare acquisition to community health services that address the social determinants of health in rural areas. The North Carolina-based health system...

New Partnership to Support Preventive Care Access, Care Coordination

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A new partnership between the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Camden Center of Healthcare Providers, and Health Quality Partners aims to improve primary care access and care quality. The partnership, backed by $605,000 from the...

VA Sees Issues with Caregiver Program Ahead of MISSION Act Expansion

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The VA has failed to adequately monitor its Caregiver Assistance Program, leading to limitations on patient care access and insufficient program discharge processes, according to a recent analysis from the VA’s Office of Inspector...

Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) is suffering from a clinician shortage, managing a 25 percent provider vacancy rate across all IHS territories, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Clinician...

More Urgent Care, Retail Clinics Offer Low-Cost Patient Care Access

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Urgent care clinics and retail clinics are on the rise across the state of Massachusetts, offering more convenient patient care access for a low cost, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC). The...

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Support Primary Care, ACO Success

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Could integrating the patient-centered medical home into accountable care organizations be the key to driving care quality and cost savings? According to one new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), it could...

How Nurse Staffing Ratios Impact Patient Safety, Access to Care

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A Massachusetts ballot question has the healthcare industry debating nurse staff ratios and how they can impact patient safety and patient access to care. The ballot question at hand involves An Act relative to patient safety and hospital...

CVS Health Introduces Access to Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Tool

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CVS Health is rolling out its own direct-to-consumer telehealth option associated with its MinuteClinic offerings. The 24-hours service will facilitate patient access to care for minor health issues, injuries, and dermatological...

Creating Community Health, Social Programs to Drive Health Equity

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Healthcare industry leaders have made it part of their mission to drive health equity, giving all patients equal opportunity to achieve wellness. But as many organizations work toward this goal by expanding patient access to care, others...

How Does Step Therapy Impact Patient Care Access, Costs?

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As the healthcare industry grapples with growing prescription drug costs, patients are feeling the burden with higher patient financial responsibility. Step therapy has long been one strategy to quell those growing costs, but what are the...

Patients Unclear About Access to Telehealth Under their Health Plans

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Nearly half of Medicare Advantage patients are unsure of whether their health plans cover access to telehealth or virtual care services, according to recent HealthMine data. The survey of just under 800 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries...

Clinicians Double Patient Access to Meds for Opioid Misuse in 2017

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Clinicians are increasing patient access to medications commonly used to halt an opioid overdose and to treat substance abuse disorder, tackling the opioid crisis on the frontlines, according to the American Medical Association Opioid Task...

NEMT Patient Care Access Cuts $40K in Medicaid Patient Costs

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Non-emergency medical transportation yields a considerable return on investment (ROI) as it helps with patient care access in chronic disease management, according to new data from the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC). On...

How Do Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions Impact Patients?

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Healthcare mergers and acquisitions have been the cause of considerable debate across the medical industry, calling into question the tools and scale necessary to thrive in current care models as well as the notion of anti-trust laws in...

Using Automated Patient Outreach to Improve Patient Communications

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High-touch patient communication is one of the key elements of meaningful patient engagement. As providers work to get their patients in the clinic door for important screenings and preventive care, automated patient outreach tools have...

Patient-Provider Communication, Education Key for Opioid Prescribing

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Open patient-provider communication is essential for providers looking to combat the opioid crisis, according to a recent report from the Medical Group Management Association. The report, Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: Effective Policies...

Walgreens Digital Health Tool to Drive Patient Care Access

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Walgreens is stepping into the digital and connect health industry with the launch of its Find Care Now platform, a tool aimed at improving patient care access. The platform will connect patients with care services at various Walgreens...

Who are Community Health Workers, How Do They Treat Patients?

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The transition to value-based care has expanded the definition of patient wellness to include both physical and social health. As patient care stretches into the community, the healthcare workforce begins to center on the community health...

Patient Groups Advocate Patient Access to Care in Drug Blueprint

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The Department of Health & Human Services’ drug pricing blueprint presents numerous opportunities to lower drug prices, but the agency should be wary of changes that would restrict patient access to care, the American Cancer...

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