Stage 2 Patient Engagement Not Set in Stone

CMS official Travis Broome announces that Meaningful Use Stage 2 patient engagement requirements may be adjustable or altogether removed. Clarifying his statement via Twitter, Mr. Broome went on to say that any adjustment would be triggered only by a widespread failure to meet the benchmark.

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The intent behind setting patient engagement benchmarks as a requirement is to promote genuine outreach efforts by healthcare organizations instead of careless patient portal implementations with a focus on short-term cost rather than long-term value. However, CMS officials are aware that there is heightened concern over a provision that many providers say they cannot personally control.

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