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Leveraging Data and Analytics to Achieve MACRA Peer Performance Benchmarks

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“Peer pressure” calls to mind the image of an impressionable teen being influenced by his or her friends. But peer pressure isn’t always negative. It can also be the motivation you now need to hit the gym when your workout buddy is hounding you about missing your last session. That feeling is precisely what makes peer pressure such a powerful force, and it helps explain why so many healthcare providers are deploying new technologies that help them measure themselves against their peers.

Peer group performance benchmarking is at the heart of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  While the broad intent of the MACRA initiative can be interpreted as incentivizing healthcare providers – primary care doctors, specialists, nurses, physical therapists and others – to work together to improve quality and coordination of care – it also puts a great deal of pressure on those providers to immerse themselves in performance metrics.

In an article published by Health Data Management, IBM Watson Health’s Senior Program Director, Clinical Quality Research, Donna Daniel, PhD, explores the role that data and analytics will play in achieving MACRA peer performance benchmarks.

She writes that to even hope to thrive in this environment, it seems imperative that providers be able to quickly assess where they currently stand relative to others and continuously evaluate how modifying their processes impact overall performance.

Dr. Daniel says that’s not an easy task, but some pioneering hospitals, health systems, and physicians’ networks have forged an early path to successful deployment of the technology to address the MACRA challenge.

Find out more about that early path, and lessons you can learn from it, by reading the full article in Health Data Management.

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