Rush University Medical Center is applying data technology in several areas, including documentation improvement, value-based care, dashboard development and implementation, readmissions reduction, and cost of care.
Quality of care and teamwork across the care continuum have taken on a new level of importance as a variety of structures, from ACOs to readmission rates, force outcomes-based financial accountability on hospitals and health systems.
UPMC's five-year-old tablet-based program was initially only for patients with congestive heart failure, but is now in the process of expanding to as many as four other conditions, and is a valuable tool in preventing expensive and unnecessary hospitalizations.
Primary care physicians get the carrot when CMS incentivizes reduced readmissions and population health, while hospitals get the stick for the same goals. Nevertheless, hospitals and health systems should benefit from physicians joining the effort.
A closely watched experiment in health care has unfolded over the last few years: Financial incentives for hospitals to reduce readmissions. It was a feature of the Affordable Care Act, and researchers are now assessing its impacts. But even as data have arrived, an...