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2021 MIPS IA_BE_5: Enhancements/regular updates to practice websites/tools that also include considerations for patients with cognitive disabilities

Activity ID

IA_BE_5

Activity Weighting

Medium

Subcategory Name

Beneficiary Engagement

Activity Description

Enhancements and ongoing regular updates and use of websites/tools that include consideration for compliance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or for improved design for patients with cognitive disabilities. Refer to the CMS website on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/Section508/index.html?redirect=/InfoTechGenInfo/07_Section508.asp that requires that institutions receiving federal funds solicit, procure, maintain and use all electronic and information technology (EIT) so that equal or alternate/comparable access is given to members of the public with and without disabilities. For example, this includes designing a patient portal or website that is compliant with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Objective

Ensure eligible clinicians' website content and tools more accessible to people with disabilities.

Suggested Documentation

Evidence that updated practice website/tools are compliant with Section 508 and thus provide improved access for patients with disabilities. Include both of the following elements:

1) Regular updates and Section 508 compliance process – Documentation of a process for regular updates and ensuring Section 508 compliance for the eligible clinician's patient portal or website; AND

2) Compliant website/tools – Screenshots or hard copies of the practice's website/tools demonstrating key aspects of Section 508 compliance.

Example/Information

Find 508 compliance information at https://www.section508.gov/.

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