Health IT

Health information technology (IT) is not a silver bullet for the problem of poor-quality health care, but it has tremendous potential to transform the way health care is delivered.  The intent and scope of the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” program has been an essential building block for the development and use of electronic reporting systems. Additionally, newer models for alternative payment, such as Accountable Care Organizations, or bundled payments, support a growing and interoperable health information infrastructure to allow for real-time data transfer and feedback for consumers and providers to ultimately improve care delivery and support accountability for improved outcomes.

Consumers and purchasers continue to advocate for the inclusion of their stakeholder perspectives in the design and implementation of improved infrastructure systems and the use of electronic person-centered metrics to improve health care quality and affordability.


February 6, 2015

Consumers and Purchasers support ONC's vision for a Federal Strategic Plan

In response to the federal strategic plan released by the National Coordinator for Heatlh Information Technology, 12 consumers and purchaser organizations supported the government's general priorities for health IT.  Nevertheless, their comments emphasized opportunities for the plan to more fully embrace a person-centered paradigm and to ensure consumer and purchaser participation in operationalizing the plan in the years ahead.

July 21, 2014

Consumers and Purchasers Oppose Delay of EHR Incentive Program  Alliance Calls for Renewed Efforts in Meaningful Use Stage 3

In response to the CMS proposed rule to delay implementation of Meaningful Use Stage 3 by one year and make other changes to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, CP Alliance urged CMS and ONC to maintain the current schedule to ensure that consumers and purchasers can realize the full potential of much-needed advancements in health IT.


January 14, 2013
CP Alliance Calls for Renewed Efforts in Meaningful Use Stage 3
CP Alliance responded to a Request for Comments from the Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC), urging it to work with ONC and CMS to accelerate the trajectory of the Meaningful Use Program, in its third stage, with a focus on the kinds of rigorous requirements that drive true transformation. In a
letter to the HITPC, 25 consumer, labor, and purchaser organizations advocated strongly for (1) Information sharing; (2) Patient and family engagement; and (3) Using HIT to improve quality and reduce costs.


May 7, 2012
Consumers and Purchasers Weigh In On Meaningful Use
Twenty-six consumer and purchaser organizations praised CMS for moving Meaningful Use in the right direction in a
letter to the agency and a press release. They also called on CMS to maximize health information exchange, and rapidly develop high value quality measures and build them into the program.


March 29, 2012
CP Alliance Meaningful Use Strategy Session
CP Alliance held a strategy session to highlight gains and opportunities for improvement in the Meaningful Use (Stage 2) proposed rule. We expect opposition to some of the gains and strongly encourage consumers and purchasers to voice their opinions. The session's
recording and slides are available for download.


March 1, 2012
Meaningful Use Webinar Series
On March 1, the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance held the first of a two-part webinar series on the Meaningful Use program. The purpose of the first webinar was to provide an update on the status of Meaningful Use Stage 1, and discuss upcoming advocacy work related to implementation of Stage 2. Slides for the March 1 webinar are available here, and a fact sheet on the program is available here.


February 25, 2011
Moving Meaningful Use Forward to the Next Stage
In a
letter to the Office of the National Coordinator, 27 consumer, purchaser, and labor organizations commended the HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) on the draft definition for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program. The draft definition sets the bar high enough to achieve meaningful results, while at the same time be reasonably met by providers. The 27 organizations were supportive in particular of the focus on getting providers to demonstrate significant functional capabilities, increasing the number of patients that will be given access to their health information, and improving care coordination. They also provided specific suggestions and examples for how the draft definition can be bolstered to better support consumer and provider decision-making.


August, 2010
What Stage 1 of Meaningful Use Means for Consumers and Purchasers
The briefing provides information on the how final rules align with the perspectives of consumers and purchasers, and what the next steps for meaningful use will entail.

Slide version
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March, 2010
Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology
In coordination with its portfolio of advocacy and education tools to support consumers' and purchasers' work in Health Information Technology, CP Alliance developed
Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology: What It Is and Why It Matters to Patients and Purchasers issue brief.


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