Conferences

Connected Health Conference: Hardware and Software Solutions for Healthcare

The 2017 Connected Health Conference, held in Boston, MA in October, brought together healthcare leaders to discuss innovations and technologies that are transforming the industry. Some of our own Archway team members attended the conference, which centered around understanding and interacting with digital healthcare and how it relates to patient engagement, data exchange, clinical care, and new research and evidence.

Technology Meets Usability in Hardware

The first step in identifying and managing episodes of care is finding ways to efficiently connect all of a patient’s care team to ensure that all involved providers have access to relevant health records. This type of electronic sharing of health records will improve care coordination and reduce treatment errors. While strides are being made to improve interoperability, healthcare is still lagging when compared to the big technology companies entering the industry, such as Amazon and Google.

As seen at the Connected Health Conference, many technology vendors are trying to solve healthcare providers’ need to efficiently manage patient care. At Archway, we believe there is value in placing the patient in charge of their health data. Patient engagement is key – those who actively participate in their care have better clinical outcomes.

A portable device like an encrypted USB that contains basic health history can be a great tool for patients to bring to their lab appointments, specialists visits, rehab facilities, etc. “Wearable” technology pieces like a glucose-monitoring watch and headphones that monitor pain and discomfort are all able to track health patterns and retain that data for providers to access and use.

With these patient-initiated systems in place, providers are able to view a summary of a patient’s health at each episode of care, creating a consistent stream of valuable health information collected from all parties.

Technology Meets Feasibility in Software  

Using care management software as a means of managing specific patient conditions is also trending in the industry. This brings greater value to providers and an easier way to manage patient care delivery. At Archway, our real-time patient tracking system, Carelink, is a unique tool that can be used to monitor episodes of care. With Carelink, providers can deliver better care to their patients, and see improved collaboration within the care management team.

Carelink allows providers to see how patients are tracking on their care plan and schedule, how they are feeling, and the financial status of the episode of care. And it provides real-time answers. Carelink takes inputs from both patients and providers to facilitate timely communication between both parties throughout the episode.  

Better care can only be achieved by stronger management of patient episodes of care. Episodes of care connect all aspects of healthcare technology – from coding and claims to data and diagnosis. Defining an episode of care in a value-based payment world can identify the care that is given and the future health of the individual.

Throughout time, healthcare and technology will only continue to grow more connected. The Connected Health Conference not only confirmed, but celebrated, the great health-tech resources that are aiming to make healthcare safer, stronger and better. Whether it’s hardware or software, patients and providers alike should be ready to incorporate these helpful tools into their habits.

The 7th National Bundled Payment Summit

Archway Health will present at the 7th National Bundled Payment Summit. The summit will be held from June 26th to June 28th at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Mike Fazio, Vice President of Client Services, and Dave Terry, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer are listed as featured faculty for the summit. From the summit website:

"The 2017 Bundled Payment Summit features keynote addresses from both policy makers and providers including national hospital and physician thought leaders with real-life implementation experience. Given the growth in complexity of bundles this year’s Summit will focus on deeper breakthrough strategies to implement bundled payment arrangements with private and public sector payers as well as self-funded employers."

Learn more about the 7th National Bundled Payment Summit here.

Dave Terry Presents at World Congress Inaugural Bundled Payments Summit

On Monday, May 1st, at 11:30 a.m., Archway Health Founder and CEO Dave Terry presented a session in the Inaugural Bundled Payments Summit at the 14th Annual Healthcare Congress. The conference, which took place April 30th through May 3rd, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C., is designed to connect and prepare leaders for healthcare's transformation. Dave's session was titled "Succeed in the New Trump/Price Era: Assess the Impact on Bundled Payments/APMs and Develop a Strategy Going Forward." The goal of this session was to help attendees:

  • Explore how bundled payments, ACOs and other CMMI programs will transition from Medicare to commercial plans, provider organizations, and Medicaid systems
  • Examine how tools and services developed for the ACA can be shifted to serve the commercial market
  • Identify key questions to consider when developing a value-based care strategy in the new environment
  • Take steps to get started in shaping the market to their advantage

Archway Health was also featured as an educational underwriter for the 14th Annual Healthcare Congress. Some of our resources were featured on the conference's website. Check out Archway Health resources here.

Learn more about the World Congress Inaugural Bundled Payments Summit here.

Archway Health Presents at CV Transforum

Archway Health recently presented at a CV Transforum pre-conference session titled "EPM (Bundled Payments) Boot Camp." Also speaking at the session were Anne Beekman, RN, Vice President, MedAxiom Consulting; Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC, Vice President, MedAxiom Consulting; Tim Kennedy, Shareholder, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C; and Joel Sauer, Vice President, MedAxiom Consulting.

The CV Transforum took place Tuesday, April 18th through Thursday, April 20th at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

From the CV Transforum agenda:

On December 20, 2016, CMS published the final rule, Advancing Care through Episode Payment Models and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Model. CMS’ stated goals of this rule is to improve quality of care in the applicable episodes, while reducing episode spending through financial accountability.

This intensive, small group boot camp session will allow for depth of discussion and very detailed information sharing on everything you need to know about the final rule. We will provide expert clinical, financial and legal education so you can learn how to benefit from it whether in a chosen MSA or not. This essential boot camp will hit all of the important components of this new rule and the implications to AMI and CABG episodes. Our expert policy, legal and consulting panel will bring valuable insights around the complexities of the rule and discuss how to leverage it while improving the quality of care you provide.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Final Rule Summary
  • Review of the MedAxiom EPM Data
  • Clinical Needs Inside Bundles (pathways, standardization)
  • Infrastructure & Alignment Requirements (governance, leadership, physician comp)
  • Importance of Coding & Documentation
  • Legal Update (acceptable gain sharing arrangements)
  • Q&A

Whether you are in a chosen MSA or not, and regardless of what the new administration does, EPMs and value-based medicine is the inevitable future of health care. Stay ahead of the curve and be prepared for the future by participating in this essential bundled payment educational event.

Learn more about the Spring '17 CV Transforum: http://cvtransforum.com/

Archway Health at the 14th Annual Healthcare Congress

Archway Health Founder and CEO Dave Terry is scheduled to present a session in the Inaugural Bundled Payments Summit at the 14th Annual Healthcare Congress which will take place April 30th through May 3rd, 2017, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. The aim of the conference is to connect and prepare leaders for healthcare's transformation. On Monday, May 1st, at 11:30 a.m., Dave will present a session titled "Succeed in the New Trump/Price Era: Assess the Impact on Bundled Payments/APMs and Develop a Strategy Going Forward." This session will help attendees:

  • Explore how bundled payments, ACOs and other CMMI programs will transition from Medicare to commercial plans, provider organizations, and Medicaid systems
  • Examine how tools and services developed for the ACA can be shifted to serve the commercial market
  • Identify key questions to consider when developing a value-based care strategy in the new environment
  • Take steps to get started in shaping the market to their advantage

Archway Health is also featured as an educational underwriter for the 14th Annual Healthcare Congress. Some of our resources are currently featured on the conference's website. Check out Archway Health resources here.

Learn more about the World Congress Inaugural Bundled Payments Summit here.