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How Health Care Reform Changes the Role of Patients

How Health Care Reform Changes the Role of Patients

Patient engagement is more than trying to get patients to do their part to lose weight or take their medications correctly. If we want to truly understand what gets in the way of good health and what makes it possible, we must foster the opportunities for everyone in the care setting to engage in conversations with patients.

Existing approaches to engaging patients are not enough. To change the way we deliver and pay for health care, we must make patient involvement and decision-making a reality rather than simply a well-intentioned idea. And in order to successfully engage patients, we need to be sure that there are connections to people’s day-to-day world so that patients can be active participants when they receive care and when they return home.

MeHAF’s payment reform grantees became involved in patient engagement in a number of new ways.  When we interviewed them about their grants in the fall of 2014, many shared their experiences in trying to enhance patient engagement in their work.  To see more about what they learned and video clips of their thoughts on patient engagement, go to the full blog post in the Tools and Materials section.  

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