Key Reminders for 2018 Patient Engagement Reporting Requirements

December 14, 2017 - As 2017 draws to a close, healthcare professionals must ready themselves for a new set of patient engagement reporting requirements under both meaningful use and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). These policy mandates are on the horizon for providers, despite assertions that patient engagement is about more than check-box reporting requirements. Amidst the hustle to...

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Top 3 Facts About Patient Engagement Policy Requirements

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement may be a key factor in the shift toward consumer- and patient-centered care, but it also has an important place in the policy requirements that are driving the healthcare industry. From the CMS EHR Incentive Programs, MACRA,...

Patient Engagement Requirements by Private, Public Payers

by Sara Heath

Although patient-centered care relies on positive patient-provider relationships, various private payers and public insurers face differing patient engagement requirements. Providers may see different incentive payments based upon a patient’s...

CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Applications Deadline Approaching

by Sara Heath

The application deadline for CMS CAHPS for MIPS survey vendors is fast approaching. Interested vendors may apply to be a CAHPS for MIPS survey administrator by April 30, 2017. The CAHPS for MIPS survey may only be administered by those vendors...

CMS Accepting CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Applications

by Sara Heath

CMS is now accepting vendor applications for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) surveys for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The agency will collect these applications until April 30. “The...

How Healthcare Pros Measure Patient Engagement, Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

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...

2017 Patient Engagement Requirements for MACRA, Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

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...

Patient Portals, mHealth Top 2016 Patient Engagement Trends

by Sara Heath

With value-based care coming to the forefront this past year, healthcare professionals have turned to patient engagement strategies to improve care outcomes and cut healthcare costs. In doing so, a series of trends emerged in 2016. Between patient...

Patient Engagement in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

69% of Hospitals Give Patients View, Download, Transmit Access

by Sara Heath

More providers than ever are offering full health data access to their patients, according to a new ONC data brief. The brief shows that view, download, and transmit (VDT) capabilities for patients have surged since 2013, when only 10 percent...

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

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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

by Sara Heath

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...

How Do Health Leaders View MACRA’s Patient Engagement Efforts?

by Sara Heath

Industry stakeholders and proponents for patient empowerment must comment on the MACRA provisions for patient engagement, says one healthcare expert. In an op-ed recently featured on the website for the Society for Participatory Medicine, president...

How MACRA, MIPS will Help Deliver Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced its proposed rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which centrally focus on delivering patient-centered care. According to an April...


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