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2017 Patient Engagement Requirements for MACRA, Meaningful Use


As 2017 approaches, healthcare professionals should prepare for new sets of reporting requirements, including patient engagement provisions under meaningful use for hospitals and MACRA for eligible clinicians. With reimbursement rates hinging...

CMS Family, Patient Engagement Strategies to Drive Quality Care


CMS has launched a new patient engagement strategy to support each of the agency’s quality and patient-centered care initiatives, according to an agency blog post. The initiative is a part of the agency’s overarching goal to improve...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Changes Can Support Patient Engagement


As the optional reporting period for Stage 3 Meaningful Use approaches, healthcare industry stakeholders and CMS should consider modifications to the patient engagement requirements, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed...

How Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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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