Comment on FR Doc # 2012-04430

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Marilyn Tavenner
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Dr. Farzad Mostashari
National Coordinator for Health IT

Re: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program – Stage 2 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (CMS-0044-P)

The proposed Stage 2 rules will unlock the ability of the average person to provide more care for herself, to ask for the care she needs and to say “no” to care that is not right for her or her family. Healthwise, Incorporated, a nonprofit organization committed to our mission of helping people make better health decisions congratulates the CMS and the ONC for such robust and thoughtful NPRM documents. We applaud the advances already made in Meaningful Use Stage 1 and are encouraged by the innovative and patient engaging objectives and EHR criteria seen in Stage 2. This is the correct path, but much more is needed to fully engage patients and their families in the transformation of health and healthcare.
The patient is the single most underused resource in healthcare. And yet, for years the potential for quality improvements through patient access to HIT has been ignored. The new proposed rules end that practice and bring the patient into direct engagement with the care team.

For 37 years the Healthwise mission has focused our attention on the needs of patients for information and tools to help them make better health decisions. For too long they have been left in the dark while critical treatment decisions are being made for them. We know the hunger that patients have for good, reliable, and timely information about their condition, their care and the treatment options that they may be facing.

We agree with the use of overarching themes as identified by the HITSC patient engagement power team to measure policy and standards effectiveness. Our comments are made within this context, both in this letter and in the accompanying attachments.



FINAL HEALTHWISE COMMENTS Certification Criteria to Support MU Stage 2 Objectives and Measures

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Healthwise FINAL LETTER NPRM Letterhead

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Comment Period Closed
May 7 2012, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: HHS-OS-2012-0004-0322
Tracking Number: 8100714e

Document Information

Date Posted: May 7, 2012
RIN: 0991-AB82
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Submitter Information

Submitter Name: Don Kemper
Organization Name: Healthwise