Accountable care organizations are playing a pivotal role in the value-based ecosystem. Since their formation in 2012, MSSP ACOs have saved over $2 billion for millions of assigned beneficiaries. More importantly, the quality of care has improved drastically as a direct result of the collaborative efforts by ACOs. The average quality scores of 2016 are higher than ever, attesting that ACOs are instrumental in advancing value-based care.
However, the overall results, as observed on ACO Compare, do not reflect on the varying performances of every ACO. As a matter of fact, just over 30 percent of the 432 participating ACOs were eligible for the $700 million shared savings in 2017. Undeniably, there is a striking contrast between the top performers and the ones suffering losses. As we look closer at the numbers, we get a clearer picture.
– 42% of the ACOs founded in 2012-2013 generated more savings as compared to 18% of the 2016 starters.
– 68% of Track 2 and Track 3 ACOs earned shared savings in comparison with only 29% of Track 1 ACOs.
ACOs—whether new or old—need to analyze their performance across different quality metrics and align their resources to drive better clinical and financial outcomes. The challenge is at the beginning, when ACOs have little visibility of the opportunities they can tap and what holds them back in enhancing care outcomes. Analyzing their performance to strategically move forward and succeed in the transition to value-based care is a high priority for ACOs today. The older ACOs have had ample time to learn, explore improvement opportunities, and build new care management models.
To help ACOs learn more about their performances, Innovaccer Inc., a leading San-Francisco based healthcare data platform company, launched the revamped version of its flagship tool, ACO Compare 3.0. With information dashboards of the tool, ACOs can create an outcomes-driven strategy to enhance quality in care. The tool assembles extensively researched data from P.Y. 2012 to 2016 and provides an in-depth analysis of Medicare ACOs in the country.
Supported by heat maps, bar charts, and scatter plots, ACOs can:
Compare up to five ACOs at a time, across quality, expenditure, and utilization measures
Assess performance trends over the years
Generate intuitive reports detailing individual ACO performances
Monitor risk-adjusted expenditure
Understand high utilization drivers
Identify underperforming KPIs
Learn about the low-performing quality measures
Drill down the performance view to understand where an ACO stands in the state as well as the country
“Being the champions of value-based care, ACOs want transparency in day-to-day operations by closely monitoring their performances and redesigning care that puts goals of the organization first,” says Abhinav Shashank, CEO at Innovaccer in a statement. “The phenomenal response on our previous versions of ACO Compare is a testament to the importance of state-of-the-art analytics. This time with new data and added functionalities of our pioneering platform in the tool, we are certain that ACO Compare 3.0 will definitely be an asset to ACOs. The modern context of healthcare can successfully lead the way to an efficient healthcare, which is why we are keeping this tool available to everyone free-of-charge.”
ACO Compare 3.0 will be an addition to Innovaccer’s existing pool of tools and solutions aimed at driving efficiency through its pioneering technology.