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ACOs: use data to “frantically get in front” of coordination

I love that quote.  Here’s the rest of it, “The whole point behind coordinated care systems is to frantically get in front of the coordination process.”  The speaker, an executive with Heritage ACO, was emphasizing the importance of real-time reports of patient encounters.  In her accountable care organization, they are set up to receive reports every 15 minutes of inpatient or outpatient encounters–vital to an ACO’s success.  (Compare this to waiting for 30 to 60 days to get claims data back and using that to manage population health.) 

This brief article is a look at the experience of a few of the 32 Pioneer ACOs designated by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as far as their IT systems.  There have been difficulties with having the systems talk to each other, but data sharing is viewed as vital to ACO success. 

Source:  Early lessons from pioneer ACOs: IT matters.  Clinical Innovation + Technology;   http://www.clinical-innovation.com/print/topics/clinical-practice/early-lessons-pioneer-acos-it-matters  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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