University of Wisconsin Madison Reports Findings in Medical Internet Research (Impactability Modeling for Reducing Medicare Accountable Care Organization Payments and Hospital Events in High-Need High-Cost Patients: Longitudinal Cohort Study): Internet and World Wide Web – Medical Internet Research
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2022 JUN 23 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Daily News -- New research on Internet and World Wide Web - Medical Internet Research is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Madison, Wisconsin, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “Impactability modeling promises to help solve the nationwide crisis in caring for high-need high-cost patients by matching specific case management programs with patients using a ‘benefit’ or ‘impactability’ score, but there are limitations in tailoring each model to a specific program and population. We evaluated the impact on Medicare accountable care organization savings from developing a benefit score for patients enrolled in a historic case management program, prospectively implementing the score, and evaluating the results in a new case management program.”
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Wisconsin Madison, “We conducted a longitudinal cohort study of 76,140 patients in a Medicare accountable care organization with multiple before-and-after measures of the outcome, using linked electronic health records and Medicare claims data from 2012 to 2019. There were 489 patients in the historic case management program, with 1550 matched comparison patients, and 830 patients in the new program, with 2368 matched comparison patients. The historic program targeted high-risk patients and assigned a centrally located registered nurse and social worker to each patient. The new program targeted high- and moderate-risk patients and assigned a nurse physically located in a primary care clinic. Our primary outcomes were any unplanned hospital events (admissions, observation stays, and emergency department visits), count of event-days, and Medicare payments. In the historic program, as expected, high-benefit patients enrolled in case management had fewer events, fewer event-days, and an average US $1.15 million reduction in Medicare payments per 100 patients over the subsequent year when compared with the findings in matched comparison patients. For the new program, high-benefit high-risk patients enrolled in case management had fewer events, while high-benefit moderate-risk patients enrolled in case management did not differ from matched comparison patients. Although there was evidence that a benefit score could be extended to a new case management program for similar (ie, high-risk) patients, there was no evidence that it could be extended to a moderate-risk population. Extending a score to a new program and population should include evaluation of program outcomes within key subgroups.”
According to the news editors, the research concluded: “With increased attention on value-based care, policy makers and measure developers should consider ways to incorporate impactability modeling into program design and evaluation.”
For more information on this research see: Impactability Modeling for Reducing Medicare Accountable Care Organization Payments and Hospital Events in High-Need High-Cost Patients: Longitudinal Cohort Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2022;24(6). Journal of Medical Internet Research can be contacted at: Jmir Publications, Inc, 130 Queens Quay E, Ste 1102, Toronto, On M5A 0P6, Canada.
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Menggang Yu, Dept. of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, United States. Additional authors for this research include Maureen A. Smith, Jared D. Huling, Xinyi Wang, Allie DeLonay and Jonathan Jaffery.
The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.2196/29420. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.
The publisher’s contact information for the Journal of Medical Internet Research is: Jmir Publications, Inc, 130 Queens Quay E, Ste 1102, Toronto, On M5A 0P6, Canada.
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