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Retail Clinics Expand Convenient Patient Access to Lab Services

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Seven Walgreens retail clinic locations will now host LabCorp testing, offering patients convenient access to lab services. Walgreens and LabCorp formed this partnership in an effort to increase the number of healthcare services patients can...

Medical Resident Shortage Hinders Rural Patient Care Access

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Medical residents beginning their careers are unevenly concentrated in the Northeast and urban regions of the United States, potentially exacerbating clinician shortages and hindering rural patient care access, according to an assessment from...

Funding Aids FQHCs in Patient-Centered Medical Home Models

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Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and safety net clinics can successfully reach patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation with adequate government funding, according to a recent RAND Corporation report. The study, published in...

UCLA Program Drives Healthcare Access with Immigrant Docs

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The UCLA International Medical Graduate Program aims to assist legal immigrants in obtaining their US board certification and funnel more clinicians toward medically-underserved regions that want for healthcare access. The program enrolls legal...

77% of Patients Want Access to Virtual Care, Telehealth

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Patient demand for virtual care and telehealth access is high despite some provider viewpoints, according to recent data from the Advisory Board. The Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which included over 5,000 patients across the country,...

3 Steps to Improving Appointment Scheduling for Patients

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Ensuring seamless appointment scheduling for patients is a critical part of getting patients in the office door and engaging with their healthcare. However, healthcare organizations are falling short on this front, highlighting a need for appointment...

Using Social Determinants of Health in Patient-Centered Care

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The social determinants of health (SDOH) are becoming increasingly relevant in the healthcare space. As the healthcare industry continues toward patient-centered care, experts are exploring patient health outside of the hospital’s four...

Using Microhospitals to Support Patient Emergency Care Access

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Microhospitals are proving that in healthcare, bigger isn’t always better. Healthcare organizations are turning to these new facilities to expand patient access to emergency care as part of their efforts to meet increasing consumer needs....

Understanding Stigma as a Mental Healthcare Barrier

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Despite the millions of patients managing a mental illness, very few are accessing treatment. Stigma and negative perceptions associated with mental illness are noted mental healthcare barriers for patients. Former US Surgeon General David Satcher...

VA Drives Plans for Patient Education, Experience Improvement

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The VA Health Administration implemented an online tool to drive patient education about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health treatment options. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid outlines different evidence-based treatments,...

Patients Say Primary Care Access Pushes Health Industry Growth

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Patients agree that primary care access is key to improving the healthcare industry, and they want to see better support for patients and primary care physicians, according to a survey from Health is Primary, a campaign hosted by Family Medicine...

Patients Need Strong Broadband for mHealth, Telehealth Access

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The AHA and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) plan to improve broadband services in rural regions. This will make mHealth and...

Walgreens Partnership Boosted Patient Mental Health Screening

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A partnership between Walgreens and Mental Health America (MHA) resulted in an increase in patients screening for mental health and taking the steps to manage a mental illness. The partnership, forged last year, included an online platform on...

Using Onboarding Automation to Drive Specialty Care Access

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As the healthcare market becomes increasingly competitive, many specialty practices are looking for the safest and most streamlined strategy to increase patient volume. For many facilities, that means turning to onboarding automation, ensuring...

VA Signs $19M Deal for Patient Appointment Self-Scheduling

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The VA selected Document Storage Systems as its vendor to enable patient appointment self-scheduling services, fulfilling parts of the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016. The $19.6 million contract will help drive better veteran access to healthcare...

AHA Lauds Bill for Patient Access to Rural Emergency Hospitals

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Bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to rural emergency hospitals has been introduced to Congress, according to multiple sources. The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act would create a new rural emergency hospital classification...

Dual Strategy Key for Driving Patient Preventive Screenings

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Patient-facing decision aids used in tandem with patient navigators are effective in improving the rate of preventive cancer screenings, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite general consensus...

Patients Need Help Receiving Chronic Illness Social Support

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Healthcare professionals must educate patients about the importance of social support when facing a chronic illness, according to a report from The Parkinson’s Alliance. The report featured findings from a survey of over 1,400 individuals...

Rural Patients Gain More Telehealth Access in New WA Law

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A new Washington state law to help expand patient access to telehealth services has earned the praise of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). The law, signed by the state’s governor Jay Inslee, clarifies the definition of “home”...

VA Deal Drives Patient Education on Mental Health Treatment

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The VA and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFA) have partnered with Walgreens to improve patient education about mental healthcare access, suicide prevention, and opioid abuse. The partnership will support overcoming mental and behavioral...

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