Meaningful Use, One Step Closer to Finalization

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The rules for Stage 3 meaningful use, and the potential modifications to Stage 2, moved one step closer to finalization last week when The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handed them off to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 3rd. One significant change in this final rule would be the reduction of the 2015 reporting … Read More

Navigating Cancer’s Official Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

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To:      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Date:    May 28, 2015 Re.:     Comments on the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Rule: Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Stage 3. Navigating Cancer, Inc. appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Rule, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Stage 3. Navigating Cancer … Read More

A Non-Face-to-Face Chronic Care Management Solution, for Patients Too

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Let’s say I’m a diabetic recently diagnosed with cancer. In the last couple months, I’ve visited multiple clinics (endocrinology, radiology, nutrition, oncology, chronic wounds), plus the ER. As a Medicare beneficiary, my out-of-pocket costs are about $400 a month. Now, my oncologist offers to enroll me in her new Chronic Care Management program. I’m told that for a small addition … Read More

APIs and Stage 3 Meaningful Use: What Does it Mean for Patient Engagement Platforms of the Future?

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed guidelines for Stage 3 Meaningful Use (MU) and there are some exciting implications for how patients will one day be able to access their electronic health records.  Namely, the guidelines call for more flexibility in this regard, and introduce the notion of an Application-Program Interface (API). What does this … Read More

Widespread Adoption of True Patient Engagement Involvement and Technology Still Needed

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The healthcare system in the U.S. has made notable progress in advancing patient-centeredness over the last several years. For example, more health consumers receive educational information at the appropriate level and they have greater access to their own electronic health records (EHRs) through online portals. In fact, health information technology (IT) has shown incredible promise in transforming care, improving clinical … Read More

How to Create a Meaningful Experience for Your Patients on the Portal

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Many healthcare professionals (HCPs) have made tremendous headway in incorporating electronic health records (EHRs) and patient portals into their practices to meet meaningful use requirements and facilitate patient engagement. Many patients also have been using patient portals. A recent survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families of 2,045 adults found that 86% of patients with online access to … Read More

Giving Thanks for Health IT Advances

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With the week of Thanksgiving upon us, it is time to reflect on what we’re thankful for. One of the most important things to be thankful for is our health and the health of the important people in our lives. The recent healthcare transformation has led to many key changes in how we participate in and receive healthcare. Having access … Read More

Delay in Meaningful Use Stage 2? Not really.

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There has been confusion and questions circulating about the recent announcement regarding a new timeline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3.   On December 6, 2013, CMS proposed a new timeline for Meaningful Use, extending Stage 2 for an additional year and delaying the start of Stage 3 to 2017.  Under the revised timeline, Stage 2 will be extended through … Read More

Patient Portals and Medication Adherence

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Patient Portals are becoming the cancer clinics “right arm” in supporting their efforts to regularly educate and communicate with their patients between clinic visits. With this new communication vehicle, there is an opportunity to improve medication adherence by communicating more regularly with patients and requesting that patients provide data back on when they take their medications.  This need has become … Read More

New Research on Patient Portals: Is Your EMR the Safest Choice?

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There is a lot of news lately on the adoption of patient portals. And for good reason, the deadline for adopting and using a patient portal to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements is 2014, which is quickly approaching. Patient portal adoption and active use is accelerating dramatically across the U.S., driven by Stage 2 requirements. Stage 2 requires providers … Read More