Meeting Patient Needs Where They Need It Most

California-based Adventist Health and value-based medical group Emcara Health have partnered recently to extend care into high-risk communities across the state. As part of the Enhanced Care Initiative from CalAIM (California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal), this partnership is intended to close care gaps for patients facing the most complex care needs by addressing barriers such as homelessness and other social determinants of health.

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Three Must-Have Features in Modern Custom EHR Systems

Although the healthcare industry has used EHRs for a long time, these systems are constantly being redesigned to meet the challenges of the times as well as become more helpful for providers. In this article, we will explore the changes that custom EHR systems have seen recently, and how they help overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic and other significant healthcare events.

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How Behavioral ‘Nudges’ Help Patient Engagement—and Improve Provider Experience

A new JAMA Network Open study has found that patient engagement technology can significantly increase the number of patients who get, and stay, vaccinated. By using text reminders, automated vaccine reservations, and other techniques like links to vaccine verification, providers can leverage technology to keep patients engaged and healthy as the industry continues to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.   

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Addressing Rural Healthcare Disparities With Patient Movement Data

As the conversation turns to rebuilding the resiliency of our healthcare system, disparities in care are top of mind for many organizations. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority groups, as well as on rural and poor populations, has shown the extent of our healthcare accessibility gaps.

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Sentara Healthcare Boosts Efforts to Address Social Determinants of Health

Sentara Healthcare has launched a community care program to provide neighborhood-level access to services for people who are on Medicaid or are uninsured or underinsured. A primary focus of Sentara Community Care is to help patients address social determinants of health such as housing, food security, and transportation, which have a pivotal impact on the physical and mental health of patients.

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TJC Tweaks EC and LS standards, Adds Specifics to Some Requirements

Review your Environment of Care (EC) and Life Safety (LS) policies and procedures now that The Joint Commission has issued another round of revisions, prepublished September 21 with an effective date of January 1, 2023. Only 12 standards are involved in this latest round. Many of the revisions add specifics to long-standing requirements, including several that add new notes under the element of performance (EP). Others are simple tweaks.

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