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What you need to take home from the NAACOS conference

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Everybody knows: Conferences aren’t just about what you learn but who you meet.

Anyone attending the annual National Association of ACOs conference this week in Baltimore should take full advantage of the experts in attendance. This will include executives from leading accountable care organizations, private payers and CMS.

NAACOS 2023 will zero in on what you need to know now and who best to learn it from. That includes the industry partners who have helped build incentive-generating infrastructure for the past decade’s most successful ACOs.

Analytics first, last and everywhere

If there’s any question as to what ACOs need to succeed with alternative payment models, simply look at the topic of NAACOS’ opening session: advanced analytics.

There isn’t a single aspect of value-based care that doesn’t happen without analytics:

  • better prevention and primary care;
  • enhanced care coordination;
  • managing risk;
  • benchmarking; and
  • a stronger bottom line.

NAACOS sessions will detail these topics with a common, stated goal: “building and maintaining the fundamental components of a successful Medicare Shared Savings Program [MSSP and other APMs] including compliance, data management, quality reporting and shared savings distribution models.”

Analytics impacts each of these areas. It is present in every care setting and in every tool that has been created to improve quality, cost, efficiency and equity.

You need to know more than ever before — or know people who do

DataGen is one of the industry partners attending NAACOS because we know that VBC is only getting more complicated:

  • Finances. Organizations need to know if a model is “risk right” for them.
  • Operations. A coordinated, system-wide effort is needed to collect the right data, make the right decisions, appoint the right team and maintain support from key leaders.
  • Care design. Like any quality improvement program, ACOs and APMs require targeted interventions. The difference is the complex, government-defined benchmarks tied to provider risk and reward.

These aren’t just pain points. Without an analytics-first approach, each can be an extended (and painful) process. DataGen’s ACO platform can help you:

  1. Identify opportunities to reduce Medicare spending and hit your healthcare delivery goals.
  2. Discover patient care access patterns and trends from your patient risk profiles.
  3. Examine drivers related to post-acute care, admissions and end-of-life care.

Ready or not, here it comes

The year 2030 isn’t that far away. By then, CMS wants 100% of its Medicare beneficiaries to be in VBC models. The names of those models will change and are not limited to ACOs. They include programs that focus on care fundamentals such as Primary Care First and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced, and those with more specialized targets (e.g., oncology, kidney care and joint replacement).

DataGen has a proven track record with each one and with many of the models that preceded them. We can provide a superior understanding of where these programs have been, where they’re headed and how you can succeed in them.

We know you don’t have time to digest thousands of pages of federal payment rules that change every year. We do it for you, adding analysis, key takeaways and impacts informed by decades of Medicare policy experience. Using this expertise, we’ve built ACO and APM analytics platforms that help you collect, visualize and act — from the micro to macro-data level.

See you at NAACOS

Ready to shape your role in VBC transformation? Visit us at booth #12 at NAACOS or contact us any time to start a free, personalized consultation. 


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