Our very own, Dr. John Mulder, recently sat down with Dr. Karen Wyatt of End of Life University in her newest podcast episode: “Palliative Care: What’s Needed Now and in the Future”. During their conversation, they covered topics spanning Dr. Mulder’s background and how he got into the specialty, the difference between hospice and palliative care, addressing physician burnout, improving patient outcomes and quality of life, the importance of educating peers, attracting new talent, as well as his work with Acclivity and how technology can assist with referrals.
Across the country, hospice organizations are competing for clinical staff from the same limited pool of eligible applicants. Even before COVID, demand for clinicians, nurses, and social workers outpaced supply. The pandemic has exacerbated the shortage, resulting in early retirements or resignations from the field to focus on non-patient care areas or different careers altogether.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will need 11 million additional nurses over the next decade to avoid further shortage. With inadequate faculty to teach new nurses and a limited number of preceptorships available to train them, meeting the demand for registered nurses may be close to impossible. The shortage of social workers, especially in rural areas, is estimated in the tens of thousands and also creating challenges. The field is not attracting enough new workers to replace retiring Baby Boomers. At the same time, multiple sectors are competing for social workers with the advanced degrees required for the job.
Since we can’t magically increase the number of licensed clinicians available for hire, it’s time to reimagine the way hospices use staff to manage the care of patients and meet both their medical and social needs.Read more
The COVID-19 crisis has affected all primary care practices., but some practices have suffered more than others.
While those that rely on fee-for-service payments have struggled to make ends meet, practices that embraced value-based care contracts in advance of the pandemic have had an easier time weathering the storm. Those that negotiated favorable contracts and had the analytics in place to track critical value-based metrics and collect actionable insights were the most likely to maximize their success.
It takes careful planning and the right partners to implement value-based care programs with a favorable risk-reward balance. If you plan to attend the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Medical Practice Excellence: Leaders Conference on October 24-27, you can learn how one large physicians group in NE Florida turned a financial deficit into significant incremental income from its risk and shared savings contracts. In so doing, it has positioned itself as a model for managing VBC contracts effectively.
The joint Acclivity Health and Physicians Group Practice presentation, Building a Quality/Risk Department to Increase Revenue from Value-Based Care Contracts is scheduled for 2 pm on Monday, October 25. Acclivity CEO, Jeremy Powell, and Lindsay Allen, Director of Business Analytics and Medical Economics for Physicians Group Services (PGS), will discuss how Acclivity provided PGS with the data and workflows they needed to ensure their patients received the right care at the right time while reducing utilization of higher cost acute care.
You can also learn about the collaboration from our case study, How Physicians Group Services Turned a Deficit from Value-Based Care Contracts into $1.5 Million in Incremental Income over 24 Months.
Acclivity Health will be at Booth #821 during the conference to answer questions and provide demos of our technology. If you’re interested in talking directly with our CEO or one of our solution experts at the conference — or thereafter — please visit www.acclivityhealth.com/mgma-fall-2021, email us at info@AcclivityHealth.com or call 904-562-1368.
Partnership provides ACOs with data, insights, and strategic counsel to improve quality of care for seriously ill patients while reducing total cost of care
JACKSONVILLE, FL – October 6, 2021 Acclivity Health, a technology innovator transforming care for the seriously ill, today announced a partnership with Value Health Partners, LLC (VHP), a trusted partner in the creation of high-value, integrated population health organizations, to help position providers for success as they transition to value-based care models. By combining real-time data and actionable insights around financial and clinical performance with personalized, strategic roadmaps for establishing effective value-based care and payment models, Acclivity and VHP will help providers deliver high-quality patient care while reducing total cost of care.
“The healthcare industry’s move toward value-based care has the potential to dramatically change how healthcare is delivered for seriously ill patients in the U.S. for the better. However, this transition is incredibly complex and challenging for providers, and these organizations often struggle to be successful from both a clinical and financial perspective,” said Jeremy Powell, CEO of Acclivity Health. “Our collaboration with VHP will further enhance the value we offer to providers by equipping them to attain the best possible clinical and financial outcomes as they take on these alternative payment models. VHP delivers knowledge, practice transformation services, and know-how, and Acclivity delivers the right tools, analytics, and workflows to improve the quality of care while maximizing shared savings. It’s a perfect one-two punch combination.”Read more
No one knows how to manage your ACO’s unique group of providers and patient population better than you and your management team. However, in order to maximize shared savings and bonuses, you need the right analytics to identify, monitor, and manage opportunities to improve population health management and reduce total costs of care.
Because the United States healthcare system is fragmented, critical healthcare data is siloed within healthcare organizations, clinics, independent practices, and payer organizations. Interoperability between organizations is hampered by issues that include ownership of data, differences in data interpretation, privacy concerns, and limitations in technology.
If you’re managing an ACO, it may seem impossible to get a 360o view of your provider and patient populations, with complete spend visibility and an understanding of patient and provider behaviors. You may be able to see what patients in your population have been the highest utilizers in the past, but that only takes you so far.Read more
The journey toward value-based care remains uncertain, yet impactful for hospice. Providers and payers of all walks are taking a sharper look at hospice as the value-based insurance design (VBID) demonstration project approaches its second year. Hospices need a seat at the bargaining table in order to maintain control of their financial destiny, according to industry stakeholders.
Commonly called the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in, the demonstration project took effect Jan. 1. The intention of the program is to increase access to hospice services and facilitate better care coordination, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The carve-in is designed to assess payer and provider performance related to hospice within Medicare Advantage. Participation in the demonstration is voluntary for both payers and providers.
The carve-in changes the ways participating hospices receive payment for their services. In the VBID arena, hospice providers accept greater financial risk in exchange for incentives for improving quality or reducing costs.
Our very own Robin Stawasz and our client, Kevin Hohnbaum, business development manager at Willamette Valley Hospice, recently co-authored an article entitled: “Finding Your Value and Sharing it With Others” that appears in the Fall 2021 quarterly addition of the NHPCO Newsline newsletter.
In the article, they help explain the importance of how hospices should be finding their place in the evolving healthcare landscape, as well as providing a Payment Model Primer.
Read the full article that can be found on page 6 here.
Value-based care programs could be bridges closing gaps to accessing hospice care among underserved populations. Several hospices are honing in on expanding diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as the pandemic further illuminates disparities in the U.S. health care system, often based on race or socio-economic factors.
In response, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is currently reevaluating its 10-year vision around value-based care with the aim of reducing those disparities, according to a recent Health Affairs report penned by Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the new administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Elizabeth Fowler, director of CMMI, and CMS officials Meena Seshamani and Daniel Tsai.
“We are considering whether and how current models meet the needs of underserved populations and where we could strengthen these approaches, and we are prioritizing potential new models based on their ability to achieve our refreshed vision,” the CMS leaders wrote. “Moreover, it will be important to ground innovations as part of a continuum of care delivery and payment, moving from fee-for-service to the most innovative approaches to drive higher quality, lower-cost care.”
I’m proud to announce that the Acclivity Health Connected Care Platform has achieved HITRUST CSF® Certification. Accomplishing HITRUST CSF Certification demonstrates that Acclivity Health is taking the most proactive approach to data protection and risk mitigation, while adhering to the highest information security standards.
Attaining this certification was no easy task. HITRUST CSF Certification is the market-leading security, privacy, and compliance assessment. This status demonstrates that our cloud-based connected care platform has met key regulations and requirements and is appropriately managing all data.
We are dedicated to delivering the technologies healthcare providers need to ensure patients with serious illness receive the right care at the right time in the right setting – while honoring the patient’s dignity, goals, and values. Our platform utilizes analytics, machine learning, and workflow management to uncover insights needed to avoid unnecessary emergency department and hospital stays. By improving care coordination between all providers, we can help facilitate better care and reduce healthcare spending for the sickest and most costly patient population.
Acclivity Health was founded on the notion that care providers, patients, and their families deserve to be valued participants in the care delivery model. The HITRUST CSF Certification of the Acclivity Connected Care Platform solidifies our dedication to ensuring that everyone across the healthcare continuum is empowered by secure and truly connected care.
HITRUST CSF Certification validates that Acclivity is committed to meeting key regulations and protecting sensitive information
AUGUST 17, 2021, JACKSONVILLE, FL – Acclivity Health, a trusted technology innovator in transforming care for the seriously ill, today announced its Acclivity Connected Care Platform has achieved certified status for information security by HITRUST®. As the market-leading security, privacy, and compliance assessment and report, achievement of HITRUST CSF Certification demonstrates that Acclivity Health is taking the most proactive approach to data protection and risk mitigation, while adhering to the highest information security standards.
“More than 2000 healthcare organizations throughout the country trust Acclivity Health with their data, and we are committed to securing and maintaining protection of that information,” said Kenneth Weng, Chief Technology Officer of Acclivity Health. “Achieving HITRUST Certification is the ultimate standard for information security and provides our clients with an additional level of confidence that sensitive information is protected. The certification demonstrates that our solutions meet regulatory and industry-defined requirements, and that we’re appropriately managing risk.”
HITRUST CSF Certified status demonstrates that the organization’s Acclivity Connected Care Platform has met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and is appropriately managing risk. This achievement places Acclivity Health in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification. By including federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST CSF helps organizations address these challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.
“The HITRUST CSF Assurance Program is the most rigorous available, consisting of a multitude of quality assurance checks, both automated and manual,” said Bimal Sheth, Vice President of Assurance Services, HITRUST. “The fact that Acclivity Health has achieved HITRUST CSF Certification attests to the high quality of their information risk management and compliance program.”
About Acclivity Health
Acclivity Health Solutions is a trusted healthcare technology company with a mission to improve access to appropriate health care for patients with advanced illnesses. Its platform is designed to securely connect all members of a care community — physician practices, ACOs, hospice and palliative care organizations, payers, and caregivers — and facilitate effective care collaboration that results in the right care in the right place at the right time. By delivering appropriate and timely services to their shared patient population, multidisciplinary care teams are able to meet value-based care program requirements. Today, Acclivity serves healthcare organizations in 40 states, enabling care management for 4 million patients. It has helped to prepare hospice and primary care organizations in 24 of 26 regions succeed in the Primary Care First and the Seriously Ill Population program. For more information, please visit www.acclivityhealth.com or follow the company on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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Theresa Masnik, SHIFT Communications, Acclivity@shiftcomm.com