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Issue Brief Addresses Stage 2 Meaningful Use Patient Education and Engagement Initiatives
Date:12/6/2012

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued their final mandates for achieving Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, hospitals are working quickly to make the short-term adjustments and longer-term changes needed to satisfy the new rules. Acknowledging the challenges hospitals face, CMS has delayed the onset of Stage 2 criteria for eligible hospitals to fiscal year 2014, but many hospitals already have implemented—or are taking steps for achieving—several of the new initiatives to improve patient engagement.

Beyond improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, the incentive currently driving meaningful use is the government subsidies for implementing the technology and compliance changes. Although compliance is currently primed through financial incentives, non-compliance in the future will result in withheld reimbursements for hospitals, healthcare organizations, and physicians who do not achieve meaningful use standards within the required timeframe.

The second in a series of three issue briefs from TeleHealth Services examines how improved patient education, engagement, and interactivity tools are helping to increase compliance and understanding, enhancing care coordination, measuring service responsiveness, and improving clinical outcomes such as reduced readmissions, better post-discharge planning, and improved patient-satisfaction ratings.

The Stage 2 criteria emphasize health information exchange between providers to improve care coordination for patients. Although clinical quality measure (CQM) reporting has been removed as a core objective for eligible hospitals, all providers are required to report on CQMs in order to demonstrate meaningful use. Beginning in 2014, hospitals must report on 16 out of 29 total CQMs, selecting CQMs from at least three of the six key health care policy domains recommended by the Department of Health and Huma
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