Evidence-based medicine goes beyond choosing the right clinical pathway, prescribing the right medication, or following procedural standards. Evidence-based decision-making also extends to targeting the right patients at the right time, employing preventive programs, and using diverse clinical teams to serve patient populations.
Reviewing Medicare claims data is a valuable first step for accountable care organizations (ACOs) that are asking themselves: “Where do we begin?” Using claims data made available through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will arm providers with the information they need to make critical decisions about delivering high-value care to their beneficiaries.
New ACOs are inundated with many activities, from strategic decisions, like organizing the board, to technical requirements, such as updating the website. But managing and using data should also rank highly on one’s list of priorities.