With the passage of the Accountable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established a healthcare continuum centered on the patient that encourages caregivers to treat patients rather than diseases, and which aligns outcomes with practice revenues, through healthcare business structures called Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
CMS defines ACOs as “groups of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated, high quality care,” the goal of which is to, “ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.”
For this to work, caregivers must be able to exchange their patients’ data with each other, and with their patients, through an open, secure software platform. InteliChart provides such a solution, and is the foundation on which successful accountable care takes place.
A core function of ACOs is to track, manage, and report the health of the people in their region, and CMS has created Medicare incentives that reimburse practices for engaging in these activities. InteliChart aggregates and standardizes your patients’ data, enabling you to securely exchange it with other physicians, and add this revenue stream to your practice.
As InteliChart tracks a patient’s progress, omissions in care are easily spotted. This enables ACOs to fulfill their mandate to improve patient care, and ensure that patients receive all the care they deserve. InteliChart also enables ACOs to assess risk, by analyzing the entire registry of patient data according to populations and specific disease groups.
With InteliChart, patients and their caregivers can independently input encounter data, test results, behavioral data, and more into the patients’ charts enabling ACOs to track a patient’s progress. This is especially critical for chronic illness populations.
Ensuring accurate handoffs between ER caregivers, hospital-based physicians, and ambulatory practices is of critical importance. InteliChart enables ACOs and individual physician practices to ensure that complete patient records accompany patients who are transitioning from one clinical care setting to another.
Another ACA mandate requires ACOs to reduce hospital readmissions by ensuring patients are properly informed and instructed on their post-acute care. InteliChart enables caregivers to ensure that each patient receives complete, understandable instructions.
It’s critically important that physicians properly educate their patients. InteliChart provides you with the tools you’ll need to ensure your patients are made fully aware of their obligations and can engage in managing their own healthcare. This also enables ACOs that are attesting to meaningful use to fulfill the requirements.
Health population outreach programs are key to accomplishing an ACO’s goals, and for attesting to meaningful use. InteliChart provides a fundamental set of tools for establishing that infrastructure and supporting outreach program staff.
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