OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Associated Press released an article May 11, 2011, “Obama plan for health care quality dealt a setback” based on the premise that the regulations are overly burdensome and complicated. Health Endeavors’ CEO, Kris Gates, has responded with a comprehensive web-based software solution for the management and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Ms. Gates recognizes communication and training will be the key to any ACO implementation. The Health Endeavors technology solution has been in development and implementation for over 2 years within Arizona, Kentucky and Nebraska.
Health Endeavors recently announced the software release of Version 1.0 of the ACO WebCenter and Version 2.0 of the Physician Alignment & Integration WebCenter. ACO WebCenter Version 1.0 is a web-based product developed to assist hospitals, IPAs and physicians with the implementation and management of a Medicare or Non-Medicare ACO. Physician Alignment & Integration WebCenter 2.0 is a web-based product utilized by hospitals to advance physician alignment and integration. The 2.0 version includes a communications portal and Meaningful Use/EMR Center.
ACO WebCenter 1.0 is split into two modules. The goal of the first module, Administrative Readiness, is to streamline implementation, management and compliance with the eligibility requirements, such as conflict of interest, shared governance, compliance, contract management, and provider management. The second module, Operational Readiness, focuses on physician and quality integration. For example, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) training, such as preventative care and diabetes training, is distributed via the software to providers and office staff.
In addition, Health Endeavors recognizes several phases may take place before transitioning to a Medicare ACO and has included in the Version 1.0 release specialized hybrid products to address the transitioning phases. These phases include (1) physician alignment & integration; (2) initial PQRS training for physicians, providers and office staff; (3) Commercial payor quality programs; and (4) Non-Medicare ACOs. Version 2.0 has already been implemented in several states, including Nebraska and Arizona. Health Endeavors has also reached out to CMS to discuss utilization of the ACO WebCenter as an audit tool to assist in the reduction of costs to CMS and participating ACOs.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kris Gates via E-mail at [email protected] or phone at 1-888-592-4283 or 1-888-862-0366.
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