With Health plans and ACOs, healthcare interoperability is essential because it allows involved providers within the network to access and share important patient information. This information sharing is crucial to ensure that all providers have a complete picture of the patient’s health status and medical history to provide the best care. It allows providers to coordinate care and make informed decisions to improve patient health outcomes.
Patient access is also essential because it enables patients to play an active role in their healthcare. Patients with access to their health information are more likely to understand their health status and make informed decisions about their care.
The Patient Access Final Rule is a regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2020 that requires healthcare providers and health plans to give patients timely and secure access to their health information electronically. This advancement in interoperability and patient access promotes efficient data exchange.
The Patient Access Final Rule is part of the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to accelerate medical innovation and improve healthcare outcomes. This rule requires healthcare providers and health plans to use modern technology standards to share patient health records with patients and other healthcare providers securely and efficiently. 4medica helps ensure your organization is compliant with the patient access rule and ensures high-quality data exchange.
Under the Patient Access Final Rule, healthcare providers and health plans are required to:
The Patient Access Final Rule is intended to empower patients by giving them control over their health information, allowing them to share it with their healthcare providers and manage their care more effectively. By providing patients with access to their health information, the rule also aims to improve care coordination and reduce medical errors.