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Interoperability e-Notification CoPs: Why A National Network is Critical

Within CMS’s Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule, a newly-created Condition of Participation (CoP) requires hospitals with an EHR to send electronic patient notifications for patient admissions, discharges and transfers to primary care providers (PCPs), physicians and post-acute providers and suppliers. To reduce the burden of fulfilling these CoPs, with which they must comply by May 1, 2021, hospitals and health systems may use a third-party – or intermediary – to facilitate patient event notifications. 

Leveraging a single platform like CarePort, which is uniquely positioned to serve as an intermediary, offers several benefits:

  • A comprehensive solution for both physician and PACs to ensure complete compliance,
  • Streamlined implementation and minimized administrative burden during the staff onboarding process,
  • Decreased room for error in workflows and time-savings,
  • Cost savings and inexpensive maintenance, and
  • A platform for increased care coordination

Most critically, CarePort offers access to a maintained database of 110,000 post-acute care providers that already have established workflows for receiving ADT messages via our platform. 

There are other intermediary solutions on the market, but they all lack CarePort’s national post-acute network. To achieve compliance with CMS’s interoperability electronic patient event notification CoPs, hospitals must be able to reach anyone – including providers both in and out of network. Offering the nation’s largest care coordination network, CarePort’s ability to reach these providers with little to no set up differentiates it from other solutions.

Leveraging the platform, hospitals and health systems are capable of sending patient event notifications to CarePort’s maintained database of more than 110,000 post-acute providers nationwide, as well as more than 850,000 direct-enabled physicians on ONC-certified EHRs via direct message. The need for new workflows or technology is eliminated, and there are no setup or onboarding requirements for PCPs, physicians or post-acute providers.

To underscore the importance of a national network, consider this scenario: After a brief stay in the hospital, a patient requires subsequent care at a skilled nursing facility. Based on clinical needs and insurance coverage, the patient chooses a skilled nursing facility that is not within the hospital’s network. Based on CMS’s new patient event notification Conditions of Participation, the hospital is required to notify every post-acute provider – even those out of network. With CarePort’s interoperability solution, there is no such thing as out of network. Every hospital has access to the same database and can effortlessly notify any of the 110,000 post-acute and 850,000 physicians in our database.

Through its network, and with access to acute and post-acute ADT feeds – as well as via real-time patient event notifications – CarePort helps disparate providers maintain transparency and an increased level of communication regarding patient status – whether diagnosis, hospitalization or treatment plan – to ensure that the appropriate care is provided as patients move across the continuum.

Whether repatriating patients to post-acute care to prevent costly hospital admissions, providing follow-up medication reconciliation and doctor check-ups, intervening when patients present at the emergency department or scheduling timely follow-up visits, CarePort’s established, national network facilitates interoperable systems, which are critical to providing optimal and consistent patient care.

 

CarePort can help your organization comply with the patient event notification CoPs by the May 1, 2021 deadline. Learn more about CarePort’s interoperability solution, or contact us for more information.

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