Articles For Patient Engagement
To be forewarned is to be forearmed
Victor E. Battles, M.D. - Jan. 2014
Healthcare articles are a valuable patient-empowerment resource for acquiring knowledge and foreknowledge of the
issues related to the healthcare industry and patient engagement. Knowledge of the status quo can
help patients navigate the changing system with an understanding of why certain courses of action, particularly
those associated with
patient engagement, are appropriate and necessary. Foreknowledge of future changes help patients to prepare and
make the necessary adjustments required by healthcare reform.
wheels of change require greater patient engagement and increasing patient responsibility in making decisions, the
healthcare articles that are most vital for patients to read are those which provide them with an understanding of
the current regulations governing their care and future regulations that pertain to patients and physicians.
Although there has been a tendency for patients to feel that the regulatory aspect is strictly the responsibility
of doctors, this notion is more noticeably incorrect, given the fact that we are moving more toward a value-based
reimbursement system in which doctors' reimbursement will be based on quality-of-care measures, costs, and
outcomes. A good understanding of the evolving system will enable patients and doctors to better meet their
articles which are of value to patients provide an understanding of patient engagement and various scenarios in
which it is applicable. They also explain the interrelationship between patient empowerment, health literacy and
patient engagement, as well as provide readers with ideas which can be formulated into action plans for improving
communication in healthcare between themselves and their physicians, achieving quality improvement in health care,
and reducing healthcare expenses.
articles provide patients with fundamental understanding of many of the present and future healthcare reform
changes pertaining to health insurance and current and emerging healthcare models. They also shed light on
electronic health records and what is required of patients in order for their doctors to successfully satisfy the
meaningful-use requirements from a reimbursement perspective.
Healthcare articles also enlighten patients on other factors affecting how physicians are paid and show them how
actions on their part can favorably impact their physicians and thus increase the likelihood of being able to
maintain their care under those physicians. Foreknowledge of changes which decrease the likelihood of maintaining a
current healthcare relationship provides patients with an awareness of the need for future action. Knowledge of the
status quo and foreknowledge of the future are the basis of a reasonable action plan.
Victor E Battles, M.D. is a board-certified internist with more than 30 years of patient
contact. He has served on hospital quality assurance committees and in October 1986 was certified by the American
board of quality assurance and utilization review.
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