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CMS Medicare Proposal to Boost Patient-Provider Relationships

July 12, 2018 - 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 cost. Specifically, the proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program would remove “low-value” quality measures and enhance the Promoting Interoperability...


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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, disease...

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 many...

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 veteran patient...

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 interoperability. Specifically,...

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 engagement...

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 survey...

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 the...

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 this...

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 surveys. NCQA...

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 averaging...

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 vendors...

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 partnership...

CMS Accepting CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Applications

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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...

Lyft Partnership to Expand Transportation for Healthcare Access

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LogistiCare, a service for coordinating transportation to non-emergency medical appointments, has partnered with Lyft to help patients access healthcare in an easier and more timely manner. Through this partnership, LogistiCare will leverage...

8.8 Million Patients Opt In to NY Health Information Exchange

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The Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) now has 8.8 million patients opting into its health information exchange. According to a public statement, approximately 62,000 provider users and millions of patients are now taking...

CMS Hosts Program for Patient Safety, Quality Improvement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are looking for applicants to be a part of a program supporting patient safety in hospitals and care quality improvement. In a blog post, CMS’s acting deputy administrator Patrick Conway,...

HHS Contest to Support Patient-Centered Medical Billing

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The medical billing process must become more intuitive in order to boost patient-centered care, says the Department of Health and Human Services. For those reasons, the agency has announced a competition calling on various thinkers in the healthcare...

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...

RelayHealth Signs $140M Military Health Patient Portal Deal

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McKesson Technologies, Inc., and the Military Health System have signed a $140 million contract to implement  the company’s patient portal, RelayHealth, according to a public statement by the Department of Defense. The patient portal,...

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