Amerinet Announces Value-Based Purchasing Tool

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The Amerinet Value-Based Purchasing Analyzer helps hospitals maximize incentive payments while achieving quality and patient-centered excellence.

Amerinet Inc., a leading national healthcare solutions organization, announced its new web-based tool for acute care hospitals to access their Value-Based Purchasing scores. The Amerinet Value-Based Purchasing Analyzer provides users with access to their hospital’s Clinical Process of Care and Patient Experience of Care performance – derived from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey (HCAHPS) – allowing them to measure themselves against the national thresholds and benchmarks, in addition to assessing the financial impact of these scores.

Starting fiscal year 2013, hospitals will either be rewarded or penalized for their performance on 12 Clinical Process of Care measures and eight Patient Experience of Care measures. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will withhold approximately $850 million and then redistribute those funds as incentive payments.

“The new CMS Value-Based Purchasing program is one of several delivery system reforms that will affect Medicare inpatient fee-for-service in the coming years,” said Todd Ebert, chief executive officer and president for Amerinet. “The Amerinet Value-Based Purchasing Analyzer provides acute care executives with the direction and understanding needed to address individual performance metrics in order to increase their incentive shareback payments. This is just one more example of Amerinet helping our members to achieve quality and patient-centered excellence.”

Features of the tool include the ability to:

  • View your hospital scores in comparison to national benchmarks and national thresholds on each of the 12 Clinical Process of Care and eight HCAHPS Patient Experience of Care Measures
  • Access the financial reimbursement impact of your hospital scores to know your earnback payment
  • Adjust your hospital scores on any individual metric to identify quick wins and corresponding reimbursement on these measures
  • Compare your hospital scores to a group of peer hospitals to maintain a competitive advantage

The Amerinet Value-Based Purchasing Analyzer utilizes the most recent four quarters of Medicare/Medicaid inpatient discharge data available from CMS, as well as its linear calculation methodology, to capture the value-based purchasing scores.

"With the Amerinet Value-Based Purchasing Analyzer, we are in a strong position to truly help hospital executives, board members, physicians, and even committees and front-line workers understand how to set specific Value-Based Purchasing score targets to improve care quality and optimize reimbursement,” stated Anne Mitchell, senior director of Quality and Patient Safety at Amerinet.

For further information, please go to http://www.amerinet-gpo.com.

About Amerinet
As a leading national healthcare solutions organization, Amerinet collaborates with acute and non-acute care providers to create and deliver unique solutions through performance improvement resources, guidance and ongoing support. With better product standardization and utilization, new financial tools beyond contracting and alliances that help lower costs, raise revenue and champion quality, Amerinet enriches healthcare delivery for its members and the communities they serve. To learn more about how Amerinet can help you successfully navigate the future of healthcare reform, visit http://www.amerinet-gpo.com.

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