For patients, their caregivers and consumers across the country, HIPAA is a fundamental protection for people as they make their way through the health care landscape. The HIPAA Privacy and Security rules are necessary and core to protecting patient privacy.
The health technology landscape has evolved greatly in the last few years; we now have a much expanded universe of smartphone and mobile apps, remote monitoring devices, wearables and other consumer-facing apps that help to collect, send, manage and use one’s health data. However, federal laws governing portability and privacy have not kept up.
As patient, caregiver and consumer advocates, we are supportive of efforts to improve care coordination and reform our health care delivery system. The lack of coordination and communication is a ubiquitous consumer complaint about the U.S. health care system, and is a key driver of poor quality and unaffordable care. We support appropriate and secure information sharing among team members to promote the best possible care outcomes, including with social service agencies and community-based support programs.
Any changes to the Medicare program must aim for healthier people, better care, and smarter spending—not paying more for less. As policymakers debate the future of health care, we will provide our insights here.
Thinking ahead to Medicare's future, it’s important to modernize benefits and pursue changes that improve how people with Medicare navigate their coverage on a daily basis. Here are our evolving 30 policy goals for Medicare’s future.
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