IPA gets serious about population health

January 24, 2014 in Medical Technology

Medical Professional Services, one of Connecticut’s largest multi-specialty independent physician associations is going all out for population health.

The association, which has more than 450 physician and mid-level providers as members, recently tapped Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth for its cloud-based Population Health Management technology.

The association will employ the technology to improve care quality and coordination across its growing network of providers and patients, in both fee-for-service and risk-based payment patients.

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By partnering with athenahealth, MPS executives explained in a statement, MPS would gain needed access to important clinical and financial information that has historically lived in disparate health information systems. This information will enable MPS to better understand patient activity and proactively coordinate care across its network. MPS will also gain the unique ability to harmonize clinical, financial, and operational data, which will empower the MPS physician leadership and care coordination teams to guide actions that directly align with revenue and quality goals.

“Working with athenahealth will enable us to develop the information and analytics we need to help MPS physicians deliver the best, most appropriate patient care in the most cost effective way,” said MPS Chief Medical Officer Drew Edwards, MD, in a news release. “The insight and capabilities we will derive from this partnership will also directly support our ACO efforts as part of the Medicare Shared Savings program, as well as help to advance our work with multiple commercial insurers surrounding population health management through shared savings contracts.”

MPS’ subsidiary, MPS ACO Physicians, was selected as an Accountable Care Organization to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program back in July 2012. Further expanding its work with value-based reimbursement models, MPS is also developing shared-savings health contracts with large insurers, including Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, and others, that will cover tens of thousands of patients across Connecticut.

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“Transitioning to value-based reimbursement models is a complex process,” said MPS CEO Doug Arnold, in a statement. “To achieve such advanced care coordination, it was clear that we needed a population health management tool to integrate data across different systems successfully, as well as an expert partner on value-based contracts.”

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