With all the focus on bundled payments, it’s also important to remember the barriers to implementation that the industry needs to overcome.
A recent article for HIEWatch suggests that those in the industry who “bundle” data along with payments will be most successful, and see the best outcomes, in the new ecosystem.
One of the most important issues as we move into the world of value-based care is the necessity for quality care coordination. Bundles often include a variety of providers. With current interoperability struggles, ensuring that patient data is safely and accurately communicated along the treatment path is of the utmost importance.
Lynda Rowe, the article’s author, believes that since payments are bundled and patient-centered, data should be as well:
When you consider that these models of care require post-discharge coordination not only with PCPs and specialists, but with inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, outpatient rehabilitation, lab and imaging, that’s a complex network of relationships and data. What’s really needed is bundled data – bringing together all of the patient’s health information for that episode of care.
Patient data is a crucial part of understanding which treatment is best for each individual patient. The more easily data can be shared and accessed across the care spectrum, the better outcomes will be for both patients and providers