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VA Partnership to Drive Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Veteran & First Responder Healthcare (VFR Healthcare) to improve patient access to mental healthcare. This comes as a part of the organizations’ efforts to address rising...

Top Challenges Impacting Patient Access to Healthcare

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Patient access to healthcare sets the baseline for all patient encounters with the healthcare industry. When a patient cannot access her clinician, it is impossible to receive medical care, build relationships with her providers, and...

VA Deploys Text Message Appointment Reminders for Patient Outreach

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is trying its hand at text message appointment reminders in an effort to improve patient access to care and appointment attendance, according to a department blog post. The system, called VEText,...

How Health Coaches Drive Patient Healthy Behavior Change

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Overall patient wellness and promoting healthy behavior change in healthcare consumers has become a key concern for not only clinicians, but for healthcare payers as well. As more payer organizations work to improve patient engagement with...

60% of Orgs Use Tools to Monitor Patient Wait Times, Appointments

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Most healthcare organizations are using wait lists to keep track of growing patient wait times, highlighting some effort to understand the issue, according to a recent MGMA Stat Poll. The survey of 1,300 organization leaders found that 61...

Nurses Call for Expanded Scope of Practice to Fill VA Care Gaps

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The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). This comes following recent findings that VA has...

Digital Patient Intake Technology Gaining Popularity in Healthcare

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Patient intake technology is changing how healthcare organizations are approaching patient registration by offering a more streamlined and efficient approach to the task, according to a recent report from KLAS Research. Traditionally,...

Why Patient Behavior Change Is Key for Chronic Disease Management

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Chronic disease management may rank as one of the key priorities in the healthcare industry right now. With a multi-billion-dollar price tag, ensuring patients know how to manage their illnesses and prevent costly health episodes is a key...

Consumer-Centered Healthcare Improves, Focus on Innovation Key

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Healthcare organizations are making strides toward more consumer-centered healthcare, putting special focus on better patient access to care and positive hospital experiences. However, more progress is necessary to true evolve into a...

VHA Making Progress in Physician Recruitment, Patient Care Access

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The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) has made some improvements to how it monitors clinician recruitment and retention across the country, but more progress is needed to fill patient care access gaps, according to recent...

Medicare Chronic Disease Management Vital to Cut Healthcare Costs

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Effective chronic disease management is imperative in a healthcare industry in which costs are only going up. However, without adequate patient engagement and care coordination strategies, efforts to mitigate chronic care issues will not...

Walgreens, Humana Partner for Senior Patient Access to Care

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Humana and Walgreens have announced a partnership to bring pharmacy, primary care, and health plan wellness services under the same roof, ideally improving patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program will be a part of...

Health Consumers Focus on Patient Wellness, Value-Based Care Access

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Patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their own health, focusing on elements of overall patient wellness and mental health, according to a recent survey from Aetna. The Health Ambitions study, which included a survey of...

How APRN, PA Scope of Practice Changes Boost Patient Care Access

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Overhauls to scope of practice (SOP) laws for advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) could improve practice efficiency and increase patient care access, according to a recent report from the Brookings...

Do Wellness Programs Create Healthy Behavior Change in Patients?

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As a part of the medical industry’s overall shift toward more value-based care, healthcare professionals are focusing on driving patient wellness. For payers, this means implementing wellness programs to promote healthy behavior...

How Health Orgs Prepare for Senior Patients, Chronic Care Management

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Healthcare organizations are stepping up to the plate when it comes to older adult care and chronic care management, according to a recent report from BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation. The report, which was informed...

VA Patient Appointment Schedule Tool Receives GAO Approval

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The VA’s patient appointment scheduling system meets all of the standards outlined in the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The analysis reviewed a pilot...

How Digital Patient Outreach Tools Boost Preventive Care Visits

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For Dana Wolf, a quality programs lead at a South Carolina pediatric clinic, adopting text message-based patient outreach tools was like setting a slow cooker. Wolf and her team could onboard patients into the outreach system and, like...

FDA Recommits to Patient-Centered Care, Patient Access to Care

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The FDA is continuing its efforts for patient-centered care, releasing two separate statements focused on incorporating patient voice into medical product development and improving patient access to affordable drugs. The first statement...

VA Choice Program Needs Reworking Ahead of MISSION Act Revamp

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The process by which the VA refers patients to the Veterans Choice Program is complicated and creates more delays in patient access to care for the VA’s patient population, according to a report from the Government Accountability...

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