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CMS Calls for Patient-Centered Data Access in New Agency Initiative

April 27, 2018 - CMS will be putting patients at the center of healthcare decisions as a part of the Data Driven Patient Care Strategy, an offshoot of the MyHealtheData initiative, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced this week at the 9th annual Health Datapalooza. The Data Driven Patient Care Strategy has a three-pronged approach, Verma explained. First, CMS aims to put the patient at the center of healthcare....


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CMS Calls for Hospital Price Transparency Mandates in Proposed Rule

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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 financial...

Congressional Caucus Calls for Patient-Centered Care, Wellness

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The Integrative Health & Wellness Caucus held its first official meeting addressing patient-centered care and whole-person wellness initiatives. The caucus, launched in October, 2017, aims to support patient needs in healthcare, stating that...

CMS Cancels Shared Decision-Making Models Due to Planning Issues

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CMS has announced that it will not pilot the Shared Decision Making (SDM) and the Direct Decision Support (DDS) Models, two initiatives aimed at supporting shared decision-making and patient engagement in healthcare. The agency cited operational...

CMS Adds Star Ratings, More Data to Physician Compare Website

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CMS has made changes to its Physician Compare website, updating the tool with 2016 data and adding star ratings to demonstrate clinical quality. These moves are a part of the agency’s efforts to give patients access to clinical quality...

Key Reminders for 2018 Patient Engagement Reporting Requirements

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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...

Top 3 Facts About Patient Engagement Policy Requirements

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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,...

FDA Plans First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

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The FDA has set a date for its first Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) meeting, according to an agency blog post. Kathryn O’Callaghan and Jeffery Shuren, MD, JD, wrote that the meeting will take place on October 11 and 12 and...

House Bill Taps Medical Scribes to Support Patient Engagement

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The House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow VA clinicians to shift their focuses from the EHR onto driving stronger patient engagement, aiding a better care experience. The VA Medical Scribes Pilot Act of 2017 (HR 1848) calls...

Patient Engagement Requirements by Private, Public Payers

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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...

AHA-Backed Doc Shortage Bills Drive Patient Access to Care

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The AHA has given its seal of approval on a new Senate bill to reduce doctor shortages that could have adverse effects on patient access to care. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S.1301) serves as companion legislation to a similar...

AHA Calls for Personalized Care Access in Medicare Advantage

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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans need to include more personalized care access options to meet patient needs, said the American Hospital Association in a recent letter to the House of Representatives. AHA submitted its letter to the House Ways and...

CMS Proposal Supports Nursing Home Patient Decision-Making

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CMS has proposed revisions to long-term care facility requirements that would remove rules prohibiting arbitration clauses in facility agreements. The agency intends these revisions to ease provider burden, offer better transparency in the arbitration...

Bill Urges More Patient Access to Physician-Owned Hospitals

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Oklahoma Senator James Lankford introduced a Senate bill to repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) bans on new construction of physician-owned hospitals (POHs). Bill supporters say the bans currently limit patient healthcare access. The Patient Access...

Veterans Choice Program Extends Third-Party Care Options for Vets

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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...

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...

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