Consumer Coalition Recommends Policies for Future of Health IT Incentive Program

A coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient advocacy, and labor groups Nov. 20 released a set of principles for improving care coordination among health-care providers they hope will influence future stages of the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use programs.

The coalition urged health-care providers to communicate more with their patients and their patients’ families to develop personalized care plans and get patients take a more active role in their health goals, officials with the Consumer Partnership for eHealth said. This has been a major goal for the Officer of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Centers as they shape Stage 3 of the meaningful use program, which is being shaped now but won’t take effect until 2015.

Policymakers could use the principles as a model for payment reform when shaping the future of the meaningful use program, which has paid more than $16 billion to health-care provides and hospitals to use electronic health records, the coalition said.

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