The following post ran on May 3 on Regina Holliday’s Medical Advocacy Blog.
This winter was hard for me. Winter always is. In my mind, I walk through yesteryears and live through the months I lost my husband Fred.
I had a bad cough in January and February just like I had in 2009. My cough was pertussis this time, not a chest cold. This time it was my ribs that broke from explosive coughs, instead from metastasis as Fred’s had.
This winter I felt I had to finish my memoir, so while coughed I wrote. I tied together the story that I have been working on for five years. This past week it became available on Amazon and it is called The Writing on the Wall. I had wondered why I felt so frantic about quickly finishing my book on the importance of patient data access, but I have learned not to question such feelings. I just act on them.
Then I went to HIMSS15 in Chicago. Then I heard CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) was considering cutting a key measure that affected patients in Meaningful Use Stage 2. Facilities and Providers complained that they were not able to ensure 5% of patients would view, download or transmit their data in the Meaningful Use Stage 2 reporting window. Anyway, they assured CMS, patients did not want access anyway. So CMS proposed gutting the legislation, removing the 5% requirement and replacing it with literally “1” patient. (more…)