We know CMS needs some new models and perhaps this is part of it and how long will it take?  Who knows.  This is a four year contract given to Battelle and they do analytics work in various verticals besides healthcare.  Nice to see someone besides moreimage United Healthcare subsidiaries given some work.  On another note I’m still not sure why the ONC office needs a think tank but you can make your own opinion there.

ONC Awards Contract to Create a Health IT Safety Center “Think Tank” For Who Really Knows What…

We know hospitals have been very frustrated with a lot of the quantitated justifications in models that are currently used at CMS.  There’s been meetings on such.  When you look at the large amount of penalties handed out, well there’s your first clue that the models have some flaws.  Personally myself I think it’s time to stop building on flawed models and create some news ones.  We see this in finance too all the time to where more algorithms get put on top of others and it rolls into a complex mess, and gee is that not what we have today?  New models please with less complexity….there is a choice to be made so let’s see what path CMS might decide to choose here.  BD   

Medicare Issues Re-Admission Penalties–Record Number of Over 2600 Hospitals in the US

Press Release:

Battelle to build, test and implement a system to manage quality and efficiency measures

COLUMBUS, OH (Oct. 13, 2014)-In newly acquired work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Battelle experts recently secured a four-year, $16 million project to help solve a challenging problem. The contract calls for Battelle to help manage the portfolio of quality and efficiency measures used by CMS to compare performance of Medicare providers and to pay providers for the value of their services.

The contract is part of a larger ID/IQ order. Battelle's Health & Analytics business unit will do a variety of work for this project-from gathering, organizing and transforming information into useful knowledge, providing technical assistance, ensuring efficient and effective processes and procedures, and building information technology tools and resources.

As part of the Affordable Care Act and other legislation, there are several hundred performance metrics that are evaluated for hospitals, physicians, and other types of institutions and providers. Performance on some of these metrics impacts the amount of reimbursement these institutions and providers received from CMS.

"This win with CMS validates our approach to healthcare improvement," said Sudip Parikh, Battelle's Health & Analytics General Manager.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.


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