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Achieving Success in Value-Based Payment with Epic

MetroHealth uses Epic tools to meet quality measures and save money

Over its five years of participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, The MetroHealth System in Ohio successfully reduced the cost of care while maintaining quality. According to data from CMS, MetroHealth received a value-based reimbursement of $4.3 million from CMS and achieved a 96% quality score in 2016.

As part of its focus on meeting the quality measures for MSSP, MetroHealth used dashboards in Epic to ensure anyone involved in the program could see the organization’s current metrics.

“Physicians can look at all the important quality parameters in the MSSP, and can also look at anybody else’s statistics as well,” said CMIO Dr. David Kaelber. “That makes everyone competitive.”

MetroHealth also used reminders in Epic to show physicians when patients were due for preventive care, such as A1c tests for diabetic patients, and reached out to patients directly with those reminders.

“Our journey to value-based has been a long journey. … And our EHR and analytics are a foundation for success,” said Dr. Nabil Chehade, MetroHealth’s senior vice president of population health.

Read more at Healthcare Innovation.