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CMS Proposal Targets Information Blocking, Patient Data Access

February 12, 2019 - Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule, which seeks to enable easier patient data access and health information exchange. This announcement comes ahead of the festivities at the HIMSS19 conference held this week in Orlando, Fl. Specifically, the rule proposes updates to the MyHealtheData initiative,...


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Benefits of Patient Data Access Outweigh Provider Misgivings

by Sara Heath

Patient data access has taken center stage in the healthcare industry. Policymakers agree that full data access is a fundamental patient right. Providers assert that patients who access their own health information will be better informed...

New Tool to Simplify Patient Data Access, Medical Records Request

by Sara Heath

A group of healthcare industry stakeholders have developed the Health Records Request Wizard, a tool aimed at allowing seamless patient data access. The tool, whose prototype was announced at last week’s Biden Cancer Summit, seeks...

VA Testimony Objects to Bill to Pilot Patient Data Access Device

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs is coming out against proposed legislation that would require the agency to pilot a digital device that would enable patient data access and data exchange, according to recent testimony from VA Under...

MyHealthEData, Patients Over Paperwork Key in CMS Final Rules

by Sara Heath

CMS has issued final rules related to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System. Finalized changes will support patient-centered care by reinforcing the MyHealthEData...

Verma: CMS Makes Strides in Patient-Centered Care, Medicare Reform

by Sara Heath

CMS is making progressing in its mission to fulfill patient needs and drive patient-centered care through various new Medicare policies, agency Administrator Seema Verma said in a speech at the Commonwealth Club of...

CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Meeting for Patient Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

CMS will be hosting a Blue Button 2.0 developer conference slated to connect different health IT developers under the common cause of improving patient health data access, according to an agency announcement sent via email. The conference...

Verma: Value-Based Care Must Drive Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

Reducing administrative burden in value-based care models and allowing providers to focus on patient-centered care are key priorities at CMS, said agency Administrator Seema Verma in an address at this year’s American Hospital...

VA Tool Improves Patient Access to Health Data, Medical Images

by Sara Heath

The VA has launched a new system for patient access to health data and medical images, thus allowing patients to stake a larger claim in their own healthcare. The system, called the VA Medical Images and Reports, will be embedded in...

CMS Calls for Hospital Price Transparency Mandates in Proposed Rule

by Sara Heath

CMS has proposed updates to its payment programs that could require healthcare organizations to offer price transparency to patients, allowing patients to make well-informed treatment decisions in a time during which patients face high...

Patient Engagement Technology, EHRs Influence Patient Satisfaction

by Sara Heath

Use of patient engagement technology, access to full medical records via EHRs, and other digital communication tools are a significant determinants of high patient satisfaction, according to a recent survey from Black Book. Specifically,...

ONC Issues Guidebook for Patient Access to Health Information

by Sara Heath

HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has issued a new guidebook to assist patient access to health information. This playbook comes as a part of the HHS and CMS MyHealthEData initiative. The ONC Guide to...

Apple Launches Health Records to Support Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

Apple is getting in on the patient data access game with the launch of Health Records, an iPhone app that allows patients to view their own medical records and share those records with their providers. Health Records, which is an...

Biden: Federal Action Needed for Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

Vice President Joe Biden is calling on federal health leaders to identify specific strategies for enforcing better patient access to health data. In an op-ed published this week in Fortune, the former leader of the White House Cancer...

Patient Engagement, Health Literacy Amid Top Patient Safety Issues

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement and patient health literacy have ranked among the top patient safety issues on ECRI Institute’s 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. Patient engagement and patient safety ranked nine...

CMS Initiative Aims to Improve Patient Access to Health Data

by Sara Heath

Patient access to health data may become easier for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries as CMS launches several new initiatives aimed at putting patients at the center of their own care through seamless health data access. The initiatives...

CA Hospitals Partner for Patient Access to Patient Safety Data

by Sara Heath

The California Hospital Association (CHA), Hospital Quality Institute (HQI), and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) have all partnered to create an online database displaying patient safety data to help patients learn more about...

How to Incorporate Family Caregivers in Chronic Care Management

by Sara Heath

During chronic care management and other health episodes, the role of the family caregiver is increasingly recognized and incorporated into care plans. Many healthcare organizations are tapping family members to inform their treatment...

Patients Accessing Patient Portal Lab Results Need Clinician Notes

by Sara Heath

Clinicians need to add lab result interpretations to patient portal notes when patients access their own lab results, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. This will help...

Is OurNotes the Next Step for OpenNotes, Patient Data Access?

by Sara Heath

Many across the healthcare industry are familiar with OpenNotes, the nationwide movement to grant patient data access to view clinician notes. Now, the researchers behind OpenNotes have developed OurNotes, a similar philosophy that also...

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