Accountable Care at the Front Lines: Physician Performance Analytics Bring Business and Clinical Intelligence to Demands for Quality
Expense in the healthcare system is increasingly based on accountable, quality care, for which physician-performance analysis is essential. As part of solutions that integrate clinical and financial data, clinical analytics can show where and how to achieve savings. Reliable summary and graphic results drive a process in which physicians take ownership of improved services and resource use. The tools also enhance reporting and clinical-decision support, as they improve the revenue-positive position of service lines and create a culture of constant clinical and business improvement.
In October 2011, CMS released its final value-based purchasing rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), with a heavy emphasis on increased financial responsibility for healthcare providers, pegged to clinical performance. Hospitals and other ACOs — and their physician medical staffs — needed no greater illustration of the new reality, one in which they must keep costs down while maintaining good outcomes.
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