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CMS sets the IT bar very high for Medicare ACOs

Health Data Management, April 1, 2011

The information technology capabilities that accountable care organizations will need under the proposed rule establishing a Medicare Shared Savings Program could go far beyond what's necessary to prove Stage 1 electronic health records meaningful use. And the Shared Savings Program starts Jan. 1, 2012, during Stage 1 of meaningful use. Compliance with coordination of care requirements "may" involve a range of strategies which "may" include: * Use of predictive modeling to anticipate likely care needs, * Remote monitoring of patients, * Telehealth, * Comparative benchmarking, and * "The establishment and use of health information technology, including electronic health records and an electronic health information exchange to enable the provision of a beneficiary's summary of care record during transitions of care both within and outside of the ACO," according to the proposed rule, issued Thursday.

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