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How Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety

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Strong patient engagement and education strategies may be useful for improving medication safety, according to a recent ONC report. The report, which centers on medication ordering within the EHR, suggests that while technology usability can...

Patient Engagement in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System

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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

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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...

CMS Posts Patient-Centered Rules for Long-Term Care Facilities

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For the first time since 1991, CMS has revamped its rules for long-term care facilities, working to drive patient-centered care, patient safety, and healthcare quality, according to a press release. One portion of the rule advocates for patient...

Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and two dozen other industry groups are urging CMS  to maintain robust patient engagement requirements as a part of Stage 3 meaningful use, according to a press release. In a letter to HHS Secretary...

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

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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

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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

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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...

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

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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

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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...

Breaking Down the Role of Patient Engagement in Meaningful Use

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Patient engagement is not just a new patient-centered care philosophy. For providers and hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, patient engagement is a critical part of receiving incentive payments. Between the different stages...

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