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CarePort Supports CMS’ Expanded Commitment to Care Coordination in Interoperability Rule

Event Notifications Between Hospitals, Primary Care Physicians and Post-Acute Care Providers Will Improve Care Transitions

BOSTON (March 12, 2020) – CarePort Health, a pioneer in care transitions software, expressed its support for the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), issued on March 9, 2020. With 40% of hospital discharges to post-acute providers in the United States flowing through the CarePort platform every year, CarePort’s customers are invested in the use of technology to ensuring safe transitions. The final rule supports post-discharge transitions by mandating that hospitals send electronic event notifications of a patient’s admission, discharge and/or transfer to primary care physicians and post-acute providers.

Currently, many post-acute providers and primary care physicians receive no notice when their patients are hospitalized. The final rule ensures that providers are updated when their patients enter and leave hospital settings, which is key for delivering high quality and coordinated care. With this information, for example, acute and post-acute providers can effectively coordinate care transitions and primary care physicians can schedule appropriate patient follow-up post-discharge.

While primary care physicians were widely expected to be included in the final rule, the expansion of alerts to post-acute providers was notable. “The inclusion of post-acute providers in CMS’ finalized Interoperability and Patient Access rule is groundbreaking,” said Dr. Lissy Hu, CEO of CarePort Health. “By requiring hospitals to share ADT notifications with post-acute care providers, CMS is affirming the critically influential role post-acute care plays in the patient journey.”

Even prior to the finalization of this rule, CarePort’s customers have been incorporating event notifications in acute to post-acute transitions, transitional care management, ED optimization and other care coordination activities. CarePort currently has visibility into the admission, discharge and transfer events across a network of 1,000 hospitals in 43 states.

Learn more about the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule here and register to attend a webinar hosted by Ross Margulies and Jeremy Meisinger, associates from Foley Hoag, and Lissy Hu on 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 22.

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