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Drug Formulary Exclusion Lists Reduce Patient Access to Treatment

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Drug formulary exclusion lists are getting longer, making it more difficult for patients to access the medications and treatments they may need to manage their illnesses, according to a recent study from the Doctor-Patient Rights Partnership...

Exploring Open Access Scheduling in Patient Access to Care

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The elusive same-day appointment is top-of-mind for healthcare organizations who are looking to increase convenience and patient access to care. Using open access scheduling processes, facilities and clinics can ensure most, if not all, patients...

Understanding Physician Shortage Issues, Patient Care Access

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Patients often face several barriers that hinder patient care access, ranging from ability to pay for the care encounter to obtaining transportation to the doctor’s office. But now a new barrier is emerging and will likely hinder patients...

How Can Health Orgs Address the Social Determinants of Health?

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The social determinants of health are an increasingly important concept in value-based healthcare. Defined as the external factors that affect patient health, the social determinants of health can influence whether a patient develops a chronic...

Hospital, OCR Enter Deal to Aid Patient-Provider Communication

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The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) has entered into an agreement with various federal agencies to improve patient-provider communication for patients who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deafness and hearing impairment are key social...

Racial Disparities Emerge in Hospice Care Outcomes, Experience

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Racial disparities exist for patients in hospice care outcomes, as African American patients experience higher emergency department utilization, readmission, and hospice disenrollment rates than their white counterparts, according to recent research...

Ambulance Use Down 7%, Patients Access Care Via Rideshare

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Rideshare services such as Uber are revolutionizing the way patients access care, with far more patients opting for an Uber than an ambulance ride during a non-life-threatening medical emergency, according to a working paper out of the University...

The Role of Telehealth Tech in Patient Engagement Strategies

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NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens have partnered to offer telehealth technology in retail-based health kiosks across New York City. The move is a part of both entities’ patient engagement strategies and efforts to offer better patient...

Rideshare Deal to Address Patient Access to Care Barriers

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Ridesharing service Lyft has partnered with Circulation to offer rides to non-emergency care for patients across the country, helping to improve patient access to care. Transportation to care is a significant social determinant of health, influencing...

Proposed VA Bill May Expand Patient Care Access, Community Health

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Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Jerry Moran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, have introduced the Veterans Community...

How Do Healthcare Consumers Define Value in Patient-Centered Care?

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Patients and providers don’t always see eye to eye in terms of what constitutes “value” in healthcare, leaving a gap in what providers can deliver to meet growing industry demands for patient-centered care, according to a recent...

Streamlining HIV Screenings in ED Increases Patient Care Access

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Healthcare professionals have long been looking to reduce long emergency department wait times and overcrowding, both of which are often the result of patients accessing ED care that could otherwise be addressed in the primary care practice,...

Which Patient Care Barriers Impact Rural Hospital Mortality Rates?

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Patients receiving care in rural areas experience higher hospital mortality rates than those in urban areas, but the reasons for the care quality disparities are still unclear, according to a group of researchers from the University of Michigan....

Do Patient-Centered Medical Homes Boost Chronic Care Management?

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A VA initiative to implement patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) across the country has resulted in better chronic care management for patients, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The study looked at a...

How Emergency Medical Centers Create Rural Patient Care Access

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Congress and state governments should relax regulations that would allow more hospitals to transition to emergency medical centers (EMCs), helping to meet patient care access demand while cutting inpatient costs, according to a guide from the...

mHealth Games Can Improve Patient Education about Health Payers

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mHealth games may help support patient education about health payers and insurance plans, helping to close a gap in patient understanding, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Patient understanding of health...

Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Drive Patient Care Access

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Hospitals play an important role in addressing transportation barriers, patient care access, and other social determinants of health, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association. The AHA paper, “Transportation and...

VA Unveils Online Appointment Scheduling for Patient Access

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VA announced the official launch of its online appointment scheduling system, aiding patients in accessing the primary or specialty care appointment that best suits their schedules. The online appointment scheduling system is only available at...

How to Support Patient Access to Care in Frontier Communities

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Healthcare policymakers should consider a new payment strategy to help support patient access to care in frontier communities, said AHA in a new guidebook on the topic. Published by the AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,...

CVS Health Funding to Support Veteran Access to Healthcare

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CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have awarded $580,000 in grant funding to Easterseals organizations across the country to improve veteran access to healthcare and smoking cessation programs. The awards, granted in honor of Veterans Day,...

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