Incentivizing Patient Education: Making Meaningful Use Meaningful to the Patient

Proposal for Demonstration Project Summary Dynamic, interactive patient education plays a critical role in improving patient safety, ensuring quality of care, and ultimately reducing costs. This document suggests changes to CMS meaningful use (MU) requirements for patient education that will help ensure that patients are provided timely, useful education and that outcomes can be tracked and reported effectively. First, patient education delivery and usage reporting should be done outside of EMR systems. Secondly, MU incentives should be based on percentage of patients who receive education and report positive outcomes, as opposed to meeting minimum requirements for distribution. This proposal...

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