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Leveraging Curago to Improve MACRA/MIPS Scores and ACO Participation

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Curago Health platform improving MACRA/MIPS scores

In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, maximizing efficiency and improving patient outcomes are paramount. As healthcare providers strive to meet the stringent requirements of MACRA/MIPS and thrive in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the role of robust Health Information Technology (HIT) cannot be overstated. Curago Health offers an innovative solution designed to streamline data collection and enhance care coordination, ultimately boosting MACRA/MIPS scores and supporting successful ACO participation.

Understanding MACRA/MIPS and ACOs

MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) established the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). MIPS measures performance in four categories:

  1. Quality: Healthcare outcomes, patient safety, and adherence to best practices.
  2. Improvement Activities: Care coordination, beneficiary engagement, and patient safety.
  3. Promoting Interoperability: Effective use of electronic health records (EHRs).
  4. Cost: Resource use and cost-efficiency.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated, high-quality care to their Medicare patients. ACOs aim to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.

How Curago Health Enhances MACRA/MIPS Performance

The Curago Health platform is a game-changer in automating data collection and ensuring seamless data integration, aligning perfectly with the requirements of MACRA/MIPS:

  1. Automated Data Collection:

    • Collects comprehensive patient information during registration.
  2. Quality Measures:

    • Curago captures data on health screenings and wellness visits at the point of care, directly feeding into the EHR for MACRA/MIPS reporting.
    • CMS 69v12 Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up Plan: Automatically collects BMI screening data and ensures documented and actionable follow-up plans.
    • CMS 138v12 Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention: Facilitates the capture of tobacco use data.
    • CMS 139v12 Falls Screening for Future Fall Risk: Collects and documents fall risk assessments.
  3. Improvement Activities:

    • Patient Engagement: Curago enables continuous patient engagement and self-management support.
  4. Promoting Interoperability:

    • EHR Integration: This ensures that patient data collected through Curago is seamlessly integrated into existing EHR systems, supporting the Promoting Interoperability category.

Supporting ACO Participation

Participation in ACOs requires a robust infrastructure for managing population health, coordinating care, and optimizing costs. Curago enhances ACO capabilities by:

  1. Quality Reporting:

    • Streamlines the collection and reporting of quality measures required for ACO performance evaluations.
    • Ensures compliance with CMS quality initiatives, aligning with the quality domains of patient experience, care coordination, preventive health, and at-risk populations.

Conclusion

The Curago Health platform is an essential tool for healthcare providers aiming to improve their MACRA/MIPS scores and succeed in ACO participation. By automating data collection and integrating seamlessly with existing EHR systems, Curago supports efficient care coordination, enhances patient engagement, and drives quality improvements. This robust HIT infrastructure meets the demands of modern healthcare regulations and ensures better patient outcomes and cost-effective care delivery.

Request a demo for more information on how Curago can transform your healthcare practice and support your participation in ACOs.

Sources:

  1. https://www.cms.gov/medicare/quality/value-based-programs/chip-reauthorization-act 
  2. https://data.cms.gov/medicare-shared-savings-program/accountable-care-organization-participants