Due to the impact of health care reform and its rewards system based on data-driven outcomes, post-acute healthcare is undergoing a rapid transformation from paper-based to electronic clinical processes. In the world of bundled payments, positive outcomes are a provider’s competitive advantage…and lifeline to revenues. Those that leverage these outcomes will be rewarded with higher census, higher reimbursements, better reputation, and lower risk in a complex regulatory environment. In the new world of Accountable Care Organizations, the providers who demonstrate the lowest readmits back to the hospital, highest quality outcomes, and lowest costs will have a competitive advantage. As a result, a provider’s clinical outcomes reports based on the transaction-level data from its EMR will be a key strategic sales weapon because ACOs will “shop around” for providers with the best outcomes. From 2000 to 2009, CMS ran demos and pilots to test the validity of value-based healthcare; healthcare reform passed making it law; in 2012 we’ll see much of the foundation laid, and in 2014, ACO-driven, value-based healthcare will be the new operating reality.
VCPI is the industry leader in helping providers of post-acute care solve business challenges with technology and beyond. As the industry landscape evolves to support the data-driven, outcome-rewarding world of healthcare, so too must VCPI evolve to be on the leading edge for our clients. As a result, last week, VCPI announced The Center of Excellence for Post-Acute Care EMR. The Center’s mission is to accelerate our clients in the countdown to EHR and outcome-based care. Regardless of where clients are on their journey, they can tap into the industry’s best people, processes, and technology to achieve their vision.
The fully digital, always-on world of healthcare marks a major opportunity for providers of post-acute care. Data-driven outcomes will be key and VCPI clients will be armed, wired, and prepared to compete.