policy issues

 

policy issues

Add Your Voice: Meaningful Use Regulations Mustn’t Leave Patient Engagement in the Dust

-+*There are two sets of Meaningful Use draft regulations out for comment at present: (1) Proposed revisions to Meaningful Use Stage 2 (“MU2”), with comments due June 15 and (2) Proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 (“MU3”) regulations, to be effective in 2017 at the earliest. The Society for Participatory Medicine has filed comments on both […]

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general, medical records, policy issues, pt/doc co-care

Patient Advocates Fight for Access to Medical Data: ‘It’s a Matter of Life and Death’ (KQED)

-+*The advo-cacy of individual SPM members is gaining increasing visibility in the mainstream media, driving home the human impact of policies that help – or don’t help – patients be active contributors to their families’ health and care. This is excruciatingly important as America debates the proposed rule changes for patient data access mentioned here last […]

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e-pts resources, general, medical records, policy issues, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, trends & principles

#NoMUwithoutME: Primary School Edition

-+*        Created using Bitstrips. Text engine: Up Goer Five, “Can you explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words? It’s not very easy.” Bottom line: When you go to the doctor, any doctor, always ask for your records. Ideally, electronic versions of your records that you can look […]

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medical records, policy issues

NY Times editorial on forces who “knowingly interfere” with health info exchange

-+*It’s often hard for our movement to get major media attention, but it looks like it’s happening: things are heating up on the “empire strikes back” front that we reported on twice this week. Friday’s New York Times, page A30, carried an editorial Roadblocks to Sharing Medical Records, about the report ONC sent to Congress last […]

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medical records, news & gossip, policy issues, reforming hc

“No MU without ME”: join the campaign to fight health data hiding

-+*Several edits made, 1-2pm There is a movement underway – a movement for patient liberation and autonomy – and the empire is striking back, interfering with our efforts. We – the whole movement, not just SPM – need your help. If you’re in a hurry, skip down to the Do this first section. But come back […]

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general, policy issues, reforming hc, research issues

PHI Data Breaches May be Increasing, But It’s Not Impacting Our Sharing

-+*According to a new study in JAMA, data breaches into people’s protected health information (PHI) records are increasing: “[The] study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years,” notes the AP reporting on the study. That’s a lot of data theft. […]

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news & gossip, PM Tech, policy issues, reforming hc, trends & principles

SPM survey in Times Square: “Americans believe their medical data should be shared with their providers”

-+*National Survey Also Shows 87% Think Health Information Exchange Should be Free First paragraph updated next day In case you missed it last month, there was an unprecedented, huge moment in SPM’s history – we collaborated in a national survey of Americans’ views and wants regarding something we at SPM hold dear: getting doctors to make […]

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general, policy issues

Accountable Care: Transparency of Fees Is Mandatory

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-+*Participatory medicine and healthcare system transparency warrior Cyndy Nayer put this up on her blog this week, and we’re re-posting it here because it’s a message that’s got to spread. A personal account of a transaction that went very badly, and rules of Health Reform were not followed In my surveys and seminars, physicians tell me […]

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policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc, trends & principles

Health Affairs: patient activation impact on cost + outcome

-+*In a study report hitting the digital wires on Health Affairs at 4pm Eastern time today (March 2, 2015), a group of researchers are reporting the results of a longitudinal study of Patient Activation Measure (PAM) impact on cost and outcome metrics from a large study cohort. The results show that activated, engaged patients have better outcomes, at […]

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policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, trends & principles, Why PM

Mythbusting, “demanding patient” edition

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-+*We’d bet good money that anyone who identifies as an e-patient has been led to believe that their desire to participate actively in their medical care marks them as a “demanding patient.” The perception of demanding patients is that they’re behaving like spoiled divas at a medi-spa, with their demands driving up incidence of unnecessary […]

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