Pre- and post-pandemic: comparing SNF quality ratings

In March 2020, CMS announced a temporary freeze to measures and ratings across the Five-Star domain spectrum to allow nursing homes to prioritize resident and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In January 2021, CMS resumed calculating Nursing Home Compare data – though SNF Quality Rating Program (QRP) data remains frozen through 2022. Below, by […]

Scripps Health: discharge planning, patient choice, and post-discharge monitoring

At ACMA National 2021, Scripps Health shared how the health system leverages the CarePort platform – a solution that is complementary to their EHR functionality – to streamline discharge planning, automate patient choice, and gain enhanced visibility into a patient’s care and utilization post-discharge. The session was led by Jay Larrosa, MSN, RN-BC, ACM-RN, PHN, […]

Care coordination and behavioral health: A Q&A with Vertava Health’s Jordan Cruz

CarePort recently partnered with Vertava Health, a leading national behavioral healthcare system for substance use disorders and mental health. We sat down with Jordan Cruz, Lead Patient Care Navigator at Vertava Health, to learn more about this partnership, Vertava Health’s offerings, and why care coordination is critical to behavioral health care. First, can you tell […]

Real-time insights to optimize patient outcomes in home health

CarePort recently hosted a webinar featuring Constellation Health Services, a home health services provider in the Northeast that operates in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania. Constellation is a highly rated home health agency – it has always been a five-star home health agency in New York, for example. Varying by region, […]

Measuring SNF quality with the CarePort Quality Score

Among the ~15,000 skilled nursing providers across the U.S., there is tremendous variance in the quality of care provided to patients. While CMS does produce an overall quality ranking for providers on Care Compare with its Five-Star Quality Rating System, its measures are catered toward the custodial patient population, who require assistance with their activities […]

CMS’s Five-Star ratings and the short-stay skilled patient population

Since 2008, CMS has calculated and published Five-Star ratings on SNFs to help consumers select a provider. With its Five-Star Quality Rating System, CMS has developed a consumer-friendly metric that profiles the quality of a SNF as a whole. However, CMS’s Five-Star rating contains some blind spots for the short-stay patient population. Below we share […]

Bridging the gap between ambulatory providers and home or community resources

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly turning to ambulatory care providers – which include physician offices, offices for other health care professionals, hospital outpatient departments, ambulatory surgical centers, specialty clinics or centers (for example, dialysis or infusion), and urgent care clinics – to support patient care outside the four walls of a hospital. However, ambulatory providers often lack […]

Take Six with Nicole Foote, Senior Client Advocate

You’ve been with CarePort for nearly 7 years! How did you learn about the company?  I actually started working at Allscripts right out of college. The company had a new hire program in which they hired 25 new college graduates. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was so excited to get a job! After […]

Streamlined referrals and better patient care with technologies for home health

CarePort and WellSky recently hosted a panel that discussed the use of care coordination technologies to optimize referral management processes and improve patient care. Joining panel host Kraig McKinley, Area Vice President at CarePort, was Mike Gregory, RN, Chief Patient Advocacy Officer at Intrepid USA Healthcare, and Susan Caputo, BSN, MPA, Vice President of Business […]

Delving deeper into the Direct Contracting Model

The Direct Contracting Model is a new six-year value-based payment program from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which builds on Medicare Advantage, ACO models and commercial best practices. The first Performance Year 2021 (PY2021) began on April 1, 2021. As of April 9, 2021, CMS has suspended the application process for the second […]

Achieving success under CMMI’s new Direct Contracting Model

The introduction of CMMI’s new Direct Contracting model represents a unique opportunity for stakeholders across the care continuum – including health systems, physicians, health plans, SNFs and Medicaid MCOs – to participate in value-based programs with increased flexibility and benefits, but without the same barriers as other value-based payment programs. In Direct Contracting, successful organizations […]

An introduction to Direct Contracting, one of CMMI’s new programs

The Direct Contracting Model is a new six-year value-based payment program from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which builds on Medicare Advantage, ACOs and commercial best practices, and allows for providers that have historically been excluded from value-based payment programs to participate. Kicking off April 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2026, Direct […]