Today, the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on how the agency can improve engagement of beneficiaries in health care to generate better care and better health at lower costs. The letter cites PIPC’s recent White Paper, which includes suggestions to promote the infrastructure for meaningful beneficiary engagement throughout the health care system and providing: (a) a voice for patients, (b) choice to patients, and (c) value for patients. Further, the comment letter enumerates targeted steps to address how patient engagement could be applied. Among the recommendations advanced in the letter: (1) CMMI should create a national advisory panel on patient-centeredness to give patients a voice in emerging alternative payment models (APMs); (2) CMMI should prioritize APMs that make patient engagement and informed treatment decision-making accessible; (3) and CMMI should improve upon and promote patient-centered models, such as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs).
In a letter to PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho, PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby stated, "PCORI appreciates the ongoing interest of both PIPC and Families USA in making certain that engagement and patient-centeredness are carefully evaluated and effectively implemented to improve relevance, quality and usefulness of healthcare research.” PCORI acknowledged it is moving toward a more targeted, stakeholder-driven agenda and portfolio, looking to improve topic solicitation activities, and acknowledged recommendations related to engagement of patient organizations.