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Dear Dr. Mostashari: Thank you for your leadership in developing the Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, which makes several important recommendations to promote the use of health IT to make care safer, as well as continuously improve the safety of health IT itself. We firmly believe that electronic health records and other forms of health IT must be safe, and agree that this issue is most effectively viewed in the broader context of patient safety, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 2011 report Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.
We greatly appreciate this opportunity to comment on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposed rule. From the consumer perspective, health IT can be a critical enabler of safer, more effective and more reliable care, as well as greater consumer engagement in health – and, ultimately, more positive patient experiences and better health outcomes. The proposed rule specifying criteria for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program makes significant advancements in the potential impact of the EHR Incentive program on individual and population-level health and health outcomes.
On Monday, June 6, the Campaign for Better Care (CBC) filed comments with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
The Campaign for Better Care Consumer Coalition is a broad-based coalition of consumer organizations representing the diverse constituencies with a direct stake in improving the health, economic security, and quality of life for older adults with multiple health conditions and their families.
The undersigned members of the Campaign for Better Care appreciate the opportunity to comment on the CMS Request for Information pertaining to the Accountable Care Organizations, published in the Federal Register, vol. 75, no. 221, pages 70165 to 70166.
It’s just not right that our most vulnerable patients – older adults with multiple health problems and their families – are not getting the health care they need and deserve.
Section 2707(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all new health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets, including qualified health plans sold through health insurance exchanges, provide at least the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package. Section 1302(b) of the ACA identifies a core set of ten categories to be included in the EHB, one of which is maternity and newborn care.
The health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama represents a major step forward for the Campaign for Better Care, with numerous key provisions that reflect the Campaign’s goal to improve the health care system for vulnerable older adults and people with chronic conditions.
The undersigned consumer organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC). The CPeH is a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has advocated for patient-centered policies related to health IT.
Susan Crowson is a family caregiver from Maryland who is part of the Campaign for Better Care. She looks after her father, “Pop,” who has Alzheimer’s disease, heart arrhythmia, prostate problems, low blood platelets, and is highly susceptible to other infections.