meaningful use

Meaningful Use, One Step Closer to Finalization

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....

Delay in Meaningful Use Stage 2? Not really.

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...

Patient Portals and Medication Adherence

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...

The Value of a Patient Portal: A Customer’s Perspective

Patient Engagement is not just a new “buzz word” in healthcare, but its here to stay.  Healthcare providers do not need to look far to find examples.  HITECH Meaningful Use, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Home, and Commission on Cancer...

Digital Technology and Brand Planning

Many individuals consider “digital” a channel when it’s not - it is however, a capability that all communicators should have. Just about everyone in the US uses some sort of digital communication, with internet penetration around 80% of the population.  When you also...

The Navigating Cancer Community

At Navigating Cancer, we believe that it takes a community of people to help support a cancer patient.  Cancer is a scary disease.  It’s overwhelming to the patient, and to their family and to their own community of friends and family who feel so helpless. That’s why...

Patient Portals Help Deliver Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement is not just the new buzz word in healthcare, but it is here to stay.  Healthcare providers do not need to look far to find examples.  HITECH Meaningful Use, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Home, and Commission on...

10 Tips to Marketing Your Patient Portal to Your Patients

Now that you have a patient portal, it’s time to start thinking about how to make your patients aware of this new service. Patients will want to use this new service, but many will look to you, their healthcare team, to guide their usage.  Your promotion of the...

Time Is Running Out – Find a Patient Portal now!

Patient engagement is quickly becoming a requirement, whether it’s for HIPAA, HITECH Meaningful Use, Medical Home, or Accountable Care Organizations; Clinics are struggling with decisions on how to meet all these requirements.  Providers are juggling many balls while...

What Patients Say About Their Navigating Cancer Patient Portal

There is a lot of talk about patient portals in the news.   Practices need to provide patients with online access to their parts of their health records to meeting healthcare reform requirements.  Now that practices are providing this service, we wanted to share what...

Final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules require more care coordination, better clinical decision support, more information exchange, and more patient engagement. These increased measures make it clear that EHRs alone will not be enough to provide patients and their healthcare team with an easy-to-use means of communication.

Technology’s Role in the Oncology Medical Home

New care models, such as the Oncology Patient Centered Medical home, are being piloted to provide coordinated care across organizations to reduce costs and improve care. This will require new systems to track performance for quality measures that may be tied to financial incentives for improved care.

HITECH Act Meaningful Use Incentives timeline

The HITECH Act Meaningful Use incentives peak in 2012. It's not too late to qualify, but time is running out to achieve the maximum incentive payment as practices must begin the 90-day attestation period by October 1. The chart below shows the dollar amount practices...

How Oncologists Can Navigate the Meaningful Use Waters

Navigating the waters of Meaningful Use, Patient Centered Medical Home, Accountable Care Organizations and the ACoS Commission on Cancer standards is a full time task for community oncology clinics to manage. To ensure you make the best decision that will support current and future practice needs, you should take a broader, long-term view as you compare technology solutions.

Giving Patients Access to their Health Information

The first step in patient engagement is providing them with access to their health information. We review the new workflow to release patient information from your EHR with our Patient Engagement Portal.

ACCC Oncology Issues Guest Article

How patient portals will play a central role in solving the Meaningful Use objectives of providing patient centered care. A guest article by Navigating Cancer’s CEO, Gena Cook, in the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of Oncology Issues.

What is a patient portal?

Learn how patient portals work, benefits and features, and why health care providers will need a patient portal to qualify for the Meaningful Use incentives.