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Coalition urges ONC to include patients and caregivers in MACRA standards


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The ONC is looking at how to measure interoperability under Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MobiHealthNews highlights a letter from The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) that urges the regulator to consider patients and caregivers at the same level as HCPs.

“We support the goal of achieving widespread electronic exchange of health information as a prerequisite for reimbursing value-based care and improving health outcomes,” the group wrote in a letter to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo. “However, just looking at interoperability among certified electronic health record (EHR) systems and meaningful EHR users does not capture the spectrum of core populations and uses under MACRA. Patient and family caregivers, too, are key exchange partners when receiving, using and contributing new information that helps provide a complete picture of their health. There is also great need to measure information exchange and use throughout the health care spectrum, particularly with long-term care facilities and community-based organizations, to understand how information exchange is and is not occurring across the care continuum.”

The more data that patients have, the more they will expect. Any marketers working on patient support programs need to ensure that they meet the expectations of their audiences in terms of data accessibility.

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