MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – HealthLoop, Wellpepper and Livongo are working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to raise awareness of how patient generated health data and digital engagement tools can play critical roles in improving the quality of care and outcomes.
Executives from the three companies also participated in the CMS PGHD Round Table in Washington, D.C., this month to further the understanding of the value of PGHD in patient care.
“Patient generated health data is a valuable tool in patient care,” said Anne Weiler, co-founder and CEO of Wellpepper, a clinically validated platform for patient engagement that provides personalized, digital patient treatment plans delivered via mobile devices, SMS, email, web and interactive voice interfaces, in a statement. “We’re pleased that CMS has recognized this, and is enabling the collection and analysis to be used in demonstrating quality patient care.”
Beginning in 2018, physicians and other health care providers participating in the Merit Based Incentive Program of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act can qualify for reimbursement for using clinically endorsed digital health tools to remotely guide and monitor patients outside of the clinical encounter.
The new CMS MIPS Improvement Activity, entitled “Engage Patients and Families to Guide Improvement in the System of Care,” enables health care providers to be reimbursed for the remote monitoring, review and interpretation of patient generated health data gathered through clinically endorsed mobile patient engagement applications.
“This new rule is an important step forward for physicians and patients using digital engagement tools,” said Dr. Ben Rosner, CMIO of HealthLoop, a software solution that enables care teams to engage all patients before and after clinical encounters through automated daily check-ins, in a statement. “Financial incentives aside, engaging with patients is the right thing to do. Practices using automated patient engagement solutions see reduced readmission and complication rates, lower call center volume, better online ratings for physicians, and, most important, happier, healthier patients.”
Michael Sturmer, senior vice president of health services at Livongo, said the new rule will connect digital health with providers and care practices.
“It is a significant advancement in making digital health part of the fabric of the health care experience,” he said. “It is better for patients and providers, and that’s better for all of us.”