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Medicare Advantage Propose to Expand Patient Access to Telehealth

October 26, 2018 - CMS has announced plans to modernize Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. Updates will expand patient access to care by adding telehealth as a covered benefit. The agency says it will update the way it reimburses providers to make it easier for them to receive payment for delivering telehealth services to patients. Specifically, the changes would make it easier for private Medicare...


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CMS Model to Push Care Access for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder

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CMS is launching a new Medicaid care model that will improve care coordination, behavioral health integration, and access to care for expectant and new mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD). The Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model aims to...

CMS Revises Medicare Program Manual to Boost Patient Access to Care

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CMS has made revisions to Medicare’s Program Integrity Manual in an effort to improve patient access to care services and healthcare devices. The revisions will make it easier for Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to...

HHS Awards $125M to Support Community Health Centers, Patient Care

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has awarded $125 million in grant funding to community health centers in an effort to improve patient access to care in high-risk and high-needs areas. These awards come as a part of the...

CMS Overhauls ACO Programs, Pushes for Beneficiary Engagement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a major overhaul of its accountable care organization (ACOs) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) model, aiming to tamp down on spending, drive healthcare transparency,...

CMS Allows Medicare Advantage Plans to Adopt Step Therapy

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CMS has given new authority to Medicare Advantage plans that allows those plans to negotiate lower drug prices. These new policies will specifically allow Medicare Advantage Plans to practice step therapy, which CMS says will create cost...

HHS Final Rule Expands Patient Access to Short-Term Health Plans

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule expanding short-term health plans that will improve patient access to healthcare coverage, according to the agency. The final rule allows for the sale of...

CMS Medicare Proposal to Boost Patient-Provider Relationships

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CMS has proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that aim to reduce administrative burden, improve patient-provider relationships, and drive overall better healthcare quality at a lower...

Apple Releases Health Records API for Patient Data Sharing

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Apple has launched its Health Records application programming interface (API) allowing consumers to share patient data from third-party apps with their providers. The API is now open for developers interested in medication management,...

Trump Calls for Drug Price Transparency to Lower Patient Health Costs

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Drug price transparency and reducing out-of-pocket patient costs were at the forefront of President Donald Trump’s remarks on drug pricing today. “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In...

VA Tool Improves Patient Access to Health Data, Medical Images

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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 Stakeholder Input on MyHealtheData Initiative

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CMS has issued a request for information (RFI) about its MyHealtheData program, which was announced earlier this year at the HIMSS18 conference. MyHealtheData calls for better patient access to health data and health IT...

Recapping HIMSS18 Patient Engagement Technology News

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At the HIMSS18 conference, it seems as though all healthcare professionals could talk about was patient engagement. Between industry leaders’ vows to better support patient access to health data to launches of innovative patient...

Digital Health Tools May Enhance Consumer Experience in Healthcare

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Fifty-nine percent of healthcare consumers want to see their healthcare experiences reflect those they have in the retail space, with patients demanding to see more patient-centric digital health tools to fill their needs, according to a...

CA Hospitals Partner for Patient Access to Patient Safety Data

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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...

Patient Experience, Value-Based Care Top the HIMSS18 Trends

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As the healthcare industry continues to find ways to succeed in emerging value-based care models, patient engagement has taken a primary role. A better patient experience and improved outcomes through patient engagement are key trends at...

NCQA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed HEDIS CAHPS Survey Changes

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is seeking public comments on its proposed changes to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Sets (HEDIS) scores, including amendments to the HEDIS Health Plan CAHPS...

Epic Systems MyChart Patient Portal Tops 2018 Best in KLAS List

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Epic Systems MyChart reigns as the top-rated patient portal vendor among healthcare professionals in the newly-released 2018 Best in KLAS rankings. The EHR and patient portal giant has kept its top spot since 2015, consistently...

CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Applications Deadline Approaching

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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...

Industry Deals Drive Patient Care Access, Provider Training

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Healthcare professional societies and other stakeholders are partnering to increase clinical education and input to drive more patient healthcare access. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) recently announced its...

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