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Veterans Choice Program Extends Third-Party Care Options for Vets

April 21, 2017 - President Trump has signed into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, according to multiple sources. The law will extend the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to access third-party care when experiencing extraordinary barriers to VA care. The Veterans Choice Program was slated to expire on August 7, 2017. The new law strikes that expiration date but does not offer a...


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AARP Law Supports Family Caregiver Engagement in Discharge

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The Ohio state legislature has unanimously passed a law that will require hospitals to train and engage family caregivers in at-home patient care, easing the transition during hospital discharge. AARP Ohio proposed the AARP Caregiver Advise,...

Does the ACA Drive Patient Access to Primary Preventive Care?

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Healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of patients receiving primary preventive care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. “A major goal of the Affordable Care...

FDA Proposes Office of Patient Affairs to Manage Patient Input

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in talks to create an Office of Patient Affairs to support the agency’s patient engagement efforts and to manage patient input and suggestions. On March 14, 2017 the FDA published a public docket...

Tom Price Comments on AHCA Impact on Patient Access to Care

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  HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, has released an official statement explaining how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will support the patient-provider relationship and expand patient access to care. According to Secretary Price, the AHCA...

Patient Activation Levels Drive Health Coaching in Chronic Care

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New research in the American Journal of Managed Care calls for payer-sponsored care management programs to improve chronic care management by including individualized health coaching elements. Health payers have a financial impetus to improve...

How Healthcare Pros Measure Patient Engagement, Satisfaction

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As a part of the industry push for value-based healthcare, healthcare professionals are facing calls to improve patient engagement. However, patient engagement as a practice is difficult to define and difficult to measure. To work towards achieving...

Bill Targets Patient Access to Pharmacy Care in Rural Areas

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Pharmacy trade groups are praising the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (HR-592), which aims to improve patient access to pharmacy care by recognizing pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B. The bill, originally...

Private Funds for Patient Advocacy Orgs Raise Transparency Issues

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Nearly two-thirds of non-profit patient advocacy organizations (PAOs) receive private-sector funding to support their initiatives, raising questions about transparency and conflicts of interest, asserts a new report from Cleveland Clinic published...

2017 Patient Engagement Requirements for MACRA, Meaningful Use

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As 2017 approaches, healthcare professionals should prepare for new sets of reporting requirements, including patient engagement provisions under meaningful use for hospitals and MACRA for eligible clinicians. With reimbursement rates hinging...

CMS Family, Patient Engagement Strategies to Drive Quality Care

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CMS has launched a new patient engagement strategy to support each of the agency’s quality and patient-centered care initiatives, according to an agency blog post. The initiative is a part of the agency’s overarching goal to improve...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Changes Can Support Patient Engagement

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As the optional reporting period for Stage 3 Meaningful Use approaches, healthcare industry stakeholders and CMS should consider modifications to the patient engagement requirements, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed...

How Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety

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Strong patient engagement and education strategies may be useful for improving medication safety, according to a recent ONC report. The report, which centers on medication ordering within the EHR, suggests that while technology usability can...

Patient Engagement in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System

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Late last week, HHS released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA, establishing a set of requirements that eligible clinicians must follow in order to avoid a negative payment increase in 2019. Chief among them are several...

Final MACRA Implementation Rule to Drive Patient Engagement

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HHS has issued the final rule for the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation, and it has considerable implications for patient-centered care and patient engagement,  the federal agency announced Friday. MACRA aims to improve...

CMS Posts Patient-Centered Rules for Long-Term Care Facilities

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For the first time since 1991, CMS has revamped its rules for long-term care facilities, working to drive patient-centered care, patient safety, and healthcare quality, according to a press release. One portion of the rule advocates for patient...

Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and two dozen other industry groups are urging CMS  to maintain robust patient engagement requirements as a part of Stage 3 meaningful use, according to a press release. In a letter to HHS Secretary...

MACRA an “Encouraging First Step” for Patient-Centered Care

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MACRA will bring the healthcare system one step closer to patient-centered, value-based healthcare, says the National Partnership for Women & Families, according to a recent press release. In a comments letter sent to the Centers for Medicare...

Patient Advocates Praise Patient-Centered Efforts in MACRA

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The proposed MACRA rule is “on the right track” toward fostering better patient-centered uses for health IT, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH). CPeH, which...

NATE Praises MACRA Protocol for Patient Access to Health Data

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The National Association for Trusted Exchange is pleased with CMS’s patient-centered provisions included in the MACRA legislation, specifically those which advocate for patient access to health data. In a public statement, NATE noted the...

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