In the new healthcare world of value-based care and population health management, few tools are as valuable as clinical registries that are used to track outcomes and capture patient data for defined populations. Registries are valuable because the information they contain can be analyzed and used to make data-driven decisions and improvements to patient care. In the age of value-based payments, quality improvements are often tied to improved financial outcomes. The examples below underscore why registries are now more important than ever under payment models that prioritize quality, outcomes, and efficiency – and why accurate registry reporting is so critical.
Registries help healthcare providers reduce readmissions.
Medicare successfully pushed hospitals and healthcare systems to work more aggressively to prevent readmissions when it began issuing penalties for excessive readmissions.
Medicare calculates expected readmission rates and assesses fines if hospitals exceed those expectations. Thresholds are set for patients with specific conditions, including heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, hip and knee replacements and coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Fortunately, there are multiple registries that offer insights on how to make quality improvements in order to prevent avoidable readmissions in patients with these conditions.
The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines registry is just one of many examples. This program leverages clinical registry data on heart failure, among other things, to support and educate providers. As the American Heart Association points out, numerous studies have been published that demonstrate the program’s success in achieving substantial patient outcome improvements – including proven reductions in 30-day readmissions.
Registries can result in cost savings.
Imagine a patient and their healthcare team are weighing the pros and cons of different treatment options. Maybe surgery is a possibility, or medication. Registry data can help shed light on whether the treatment in question is typically effective for patients in similar situations.
If the evidence shows surgery offers little or no benefit, or there is a lot of risk involved, providers can recommend that patients skip the costly procedure. The point is, registries help providers identify the most effective treatments, and steer clear of ineffective, expensive treatments.
Registry participation fulfills requirements for reimbursements.
If value-based care is the engine that’s taking healthcare to a destination of quality improvement, better patient outcomes and lower cost, what is fueling the engine?
The answer is right in front of us – perhaps overwhelming us at times – and it will make all the difference when it comes to transforming clinical practices, complying with a new array of quality improvement requirements and, ultimately, affecting the way and the amounts that physicians get paid for providing care.
The answer is data. As a result, and for reasons already outlined, registries really are more important than ever.
The Primaris difference.
That’s where we come in. At Primaris, we can help you take the steps necessary to get started with population health, practice transformation and the data abstraction that will play a consequential role in the flow of Medicare dollars.
We offer these two, quick tips:
- If you don’t already have a well-oiled system established for mining patient data, analyzing it and acting on it, you will need to create a data plan.
- Don’t sit on data – use it constructively to learn about patients and their needs. If you are not comfortable working with data, or you don’t have the bandwidth to dive deep into your data, find a consultant to help.
You can put plans on paper to make these things happen, but if you don’t know how to execute your plans it will be hard to get the results you want. Primaris can help fuel your engine and keep you from drowning in the data.