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Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs Rise as Utilization is Unchanged

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Patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket healthcare costs are increasing, despite the fact that healthcare utilization has remained stagnant, according to a recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). HCCI’s...

How Concierge Medicine Affects Patient Care, Financial Responsibility

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In an industry facing constant evolution, healthcare has proven competent at healthcare delivery innovation. Among retail clinics, microhospitals, and other alternative care sites comes concierge medicine, a form of healthcare delivery...

High Out-of-Pocket Costs Keeping Cancer Patients from Treatment

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High out-of-pocket costs and patient financial responsibility are keeping cancer patients from filling potentially life-saving prescriptions, according to a group of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of...

Assessing How Healthcare Consumers Access Doctor’s Appointments

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When a healthcare consumer finds herself in need of a new provider or a doctor’s appointment, she may start by going to her computer and looking up online reviews and other information about the clinician she’s considering...

Patients Say Healthcare Costs Rising, Care Quality Stays Stagnant

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You get what you pay for, the saying goes. But in healthcare, patients say healthcare costs are rising with little payoff for improved care quality, according to a recent survey conducted by Kelton Global on behalf of West Healthcare. The...

Patient Healthcare Costs Up 30%, Spurs Patient Billing Changes

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Patients and providers alike are looking for patient-centered billing solutions that will help mitigate the effects of increasing patient healthcare costs, according to a recent report from Black Book. The report covered separate surveys...

How Digital Bill Pay Aids Patient Financial Responsibility

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Healthcare professionals are looking for strategies to streamline bill pay processes as patient financial responsibility continues to increase in the industry. Digital bill pay can help organizations improve the consumer bill pay...

Patients Concerned About Financial Responsibility, Health Costs

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Growing patient financial responsibility and health costs are key concerns for patients, with 90 percent expressing worry about affording their own treatments, according to the 2017 Physicians Foundation Patient Survey. The biennial...

How Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Impact Patient Treatment Access

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The rising cost of healthcare is a fundamental impediment to patient treatment access. As drug costs continue to climb, patients are seeing limited opportunity to access the medications and therapies necessary to overcome their health...

How a Patient-Centered Payment System Creates Patient Choice

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Value-based payment models may not be adequate for ensuring quality care for patients, according to a recent report from the Center for Healthcare Quality & Payment Reform. Instead, a patient-centered payment system can deliver patient...

3 Lessons from Retail to Enhance Consumer-Centered Healthcare

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In the wake of increased out-of-pocket patient spending and value-based care initiatives, the medical industry is embracing the importance of consumer-centered healthcare. Patients are being viewed as key stakeholders in their own care...

Money Woes, Out-of-Pocket Patient Costs Limit Cancer Care

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Sixteen percent of healthcare consumers are experiencing high or overwhelming financial distress as a result of high out-of-pocket patient costs for cancer care. This can ultimately impact patient willingness or ability to access...

How Healthcare Orgs Offer Price Transparency to Patients

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Offering price transparency to patients is a rising priority in the healthcare industry. As more patients face high out-of-pocket costs, they are looking to manage their own healthcare spending. Industry experts acknowledge that notifying...

Price Transparency Tools Receive Tepid Patient Reactions

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When it comes to price transparency tools and shopping around for healthcare services, patients are not entirely sold, according to qualitative research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. As patients face higher...

Health Consumers Want Digital Patient Payments from Providers

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Payers and providers should consider adopting digital patient payments to meet increasing consumer demand in healthcare, according to a recent InstaMed report. The 2016 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report surveyed thousands of...

Higher Insurance Premiums Drive Patient Health Exchange Exits

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High insurance premiums and patient costs have caused 1.5 million individuals to end their Health Exchange coverage in 2017, according to a CMS report. These patients either terminated their coverage after paying at least one...

How to Protect Vulnerable Patients from ED Overcharges

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Minority patients and those who do not have health insurance often face higher emergency department costs compared to other patients, opening the door for policy measures to protect vulnerable patients, according to researchers from Johns...

Top Challenges to Collecting Patient Financial Responsibility

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Collecting patient financial responsibility is a key aspect of the patient encounter with healthcare revenue cycle. Healthcare organizations strive to create a clear and simple mechanism for collecting patient payments that keep the...

Rising Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Spur Patient Financial Woes

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Out-of-pocket drug costs are growing, with 25 percent of patients paying more for their prescriptions now than they did one year ago, showed a survey from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The survey of 1,000 prescription-taking...

60% of Patients Want Stronger Health Payer Communications

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Health payer communication and engagement with patients is lacking, especially with regard to patient-facing digital tools, according to a new HealthMine survey. The survey of 750 insured patients found that health payers need to do more...

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