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Archway Health Introduces Archway Academy to Educate Providers on BPCI Advanced

Free online learning platform addresses new CMS bundled payments program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the next generation of the Bundled Payments Care Improvement (BPCI) voluntary payment model, BPCI Advanced. The release of the updated program details officially opened a two-month enrollment window, set to close on March 12. To guide providers in this critical phase, Archway Health, a full-service tech-enabled bundled payment company, today unveiled Archway Academy, an online educational platform designed to help providers succeed in BPCI Advanced.

“Whether a practice has previous experience with bundled payments or is just starting to explore the option, Archway Academy will prepare them for taking the next step with BPCI Advanced,” said Keely Macmillan, Archway Health’s General Manager of BPCI Advanced. “We strongly feel that as the industry builds momentum toward implementing alternative payment models, providers need an unbiased space for learning about how they work and clear guidance through the process.”

Archway Academy provides a self-paced, online learning platform for healthcare practices and organizations that matches their demanding schedules and mission to improve both patient care and financial performance. The Academy helps answer clinicians’ questions on fit, function, costs and return on investment in the adoption of bundled payments for their practices. Further, Archway can handle the application process and data processing for providers interested in participating in BPCI Advanced.

“There are demonstrable benefits for specialty providers, large or small, to move to bundled payment models,” said Dave Terry, CEO and Co-founder Archway. “With Archway Academy, we can help clinicians and staff assess their opportunity for improvement, and importantly, make the application and implementation process far less intimidating and disruptive.”

Any provider who signs Archway’s non-binding Good Faith Agreement will gain full access to Archway Academy. In addition, Archway will be offering weekly webinars to provide updates on BPCI Advanced as more information is released from CMS. The next webinar will be Thursday, January 25 at 1 p.m. EST. Archway will also host a webinar on Wednesday, January 31 at 2 p.m. EST, following CMS’ Open Door Forum on January 30.

Can’t attend? Contact us directly and we’ll provide a link to the recording. 

For assistance with beginning the BPCI Advanced application process, contact us today.

Archway Health Expands Commercial Bundles with New Analytics Team

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As bundled payments continue to be a championed tool of value-based care, Archway Health has hired four senior team members to boost the organization’s analytical operations for Medicare, health plan and employer-based bundled payment programs. With this team, Archway will continue to be a leading partner helping health plans, employers and specialty healthcare providers design and manage bundled payment programs.

Mah-Jabeen Soobader, Ph.D, MPH, joins in a new role as chief analytics officer. She will steer the strategic progression of payors and providers that are transitioning to and designing value-based care programs. Archway has also hired Jun Wang, Ph.D, M.D., principal data scientist; Yuze Shang, M.S., senior technical analyst; and Victoria Yang, M.P.H, M.Sc., senior product analyst.

“This new team of highly-skilled and experienced analytics and product design professionals will take our commercial bundle capabilities to the next level,” said Dave Terry, Co-founder and CEO. “At Archway, we are committed to building out each aspect of our business to continue to stand out in the marketplace as the premier bundled payments partner for participants in all settings.”

Dr. Soobader is a nationally-recognized subject matter expert in bundled payments and value-based reimbursement with a proven history of developing successful analytics and platform solutions for the healthcare industry. Her portfolio includes partnerships with several nationally-acclaimed health systems and specialty centers. She holds a doctorate in social epidemiology, a Master of Public Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, and a degree in optometry from the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

Jun Wang, Ph.D, M.D., joins Archway as principal data scientist, bringing more than 10 years of experience in the design, development and implementation of Medicare, Medicaid and commercial bundled payment initiatives, such as Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI), Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR), and Oncology Care Model (OCM). Her previous experience includes production of the original SAS analytic packages for the Prometheus bundled payment model, and design of 39 custom bundled payment arrangements for commercial programs. Dr. Wang earned a doctorate from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and holds a medical degree from Beijing University’s School of Medicine in China.

In the role of senior technical analyst, Yuze Shang will manage the development of data verification and integrity programs. She has been previously involved in launching BPCI and CJR analysis models, and she holds three certifications by SAS as a Base, Advanced and Clinical Trials Programmer. Shang earned a master’s degree in physiology from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in business economics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.

Victoria Yang joins Archway as senior product analyst from a similar role with nThrive, where she performed research and analysis on CMS value-based payment programs to support product design. Yang also previously worked as a clinical analyst at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she led the research modeling and analytic reporting for multiple high-risk cancer studies, in addition to leading outcome measurement. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical science and molecular biology from George Washington University and a master’s degree in epidemiology from Yale University.

About Archway Health Archway Health, founded in 2014 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management programs that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

Contacts

For Archway Health Olivia Armstrong, 781-924-6714 oarmstrong@hencove.com

Archway Examines the Impact of Bundled Payments Ahead of Expected New CMS Programs

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to a survey conducted by Archway Health – a Boston-based firm specializing in managing bundled payments programs – participation in bundled payments has improved the quality of care, and anticipation and preparation for new programs remains high. The survey assessed the perceptions and efficacy of bundled payments ahead of the expected announcement of a new bundled payments program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The survey results are based on responses from 70 participants across the U.S. The participants, which included executives, administrators and clinicians, represented the continuum of healthcare from hospitals, specialty care, post-acute facilities and home health care.

Key findings from Archway’s survey indicate the impact of bundled payments:

  • 75% of respondents say involvement in these programs has improved quality of care, whether it lowered costs or not.
  • 63% of respondents say bundled payments has both improved quality and lowered cost.
  • The most prominent reason for not participating in bundled payments was the potential administrative burden. No respondents cited a limited return on investment as a reason for not participating.

“It was great to get such a strong and positive response that confirms what we’re seeing with our provider partners – bundled payments work,” said Dave Terry, founder and CEO of Archway Health. “Bundled payments will continue to play a major role in healthcare as we move from volume to value, especially as we move toward models that encourage efficiency and improvements in care quality. Archway is dedicated to helping specialists succeed in all of these programs as they continue to grow.”

Other findings from the survey indicate healthcare professionals’ attitudes towards bundled payments:

  • As CMS is expected to release a second generation of Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI), 75% of respondents are “definitely” or “probably” planning to participate.
  • When it comes to bundled payments, 25% of healthcare professionals say they are “100% ready” to implement them, while 56% are “getting prepared” or “just started the process” with more to do.

“It’s great to see that healthcare professionals want to participate in bundled payments and are actively preparing to do so,” said Keely Macmillan, general manager of BPCI for Archway Health. “Bundled payments offer clinicians and healthcare professionals the opportunity to take control of the entire care process and ensure patients achieve the best outcomes in a cost-efficient manner.”

Since its inception in 2014, Archway Health has been active and solely focused on bundled payments. Specialists and providers partner with Archway to receive guidance on how to navigate every step of bundled payments participation.

To learn more about bundled payments, the survey, the anticipated new CMS program and how it impacts providers, please contact info@archwayha.com.

About Archway Health

Archway Health, founded in 2014 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management initiatives that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

Contacts

For Archway Health Olivia Armstrong, 781-924-6714 oarmstrong@hencove.com

Archway Health Hires Bongani Mngomezulu as VP of Analytics

Boston, MA, June 6, 2017Archway Health, afull service tech-enabled bundled payment company, today announced the addition of Bongani Mngomezulu as vice president of analytics, effective immediately. As an experienced healthcare software and economics professional, Mngomezulu will be responsible for utilizing data, analytics, and technology to design and build products and services that enable providers and payers to succeed within bundled payment contracts. “Bundled payments can be a complex undertaking for many organizations if they are not equipped with the right analytics,” said Dave Terry, Co-Founder and CEO of Archway Health. “The addition of Bongani to our team enables us to further support our clients with the most advanced proprietary analytics. Along with the rest of the team, Bongani will enhance our comprehensive analytics, tracking financial management, care management, and overall program management, to make bundled care simple.”

In his role, Mngomezulu will be a key member of the Archway leadership team, helping to develop and deliver on the company’s analytics strategy, products, and services. He also will participate in all aspects of the development of commercial bundle programs, including working with the data and collaborating with specialists, payers, and administrators to create effective and financially feasible bundle definitions, risk models, tracking systems, and overall program design.

Mngomezulu brings nearly 15 years of experience developing advanced analytics and business intelligence solutions for provider network management and population health management. Prior to joining Archway, he served as a product manager for ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte. There he led the team to build and operate a multi-product and multi-tenant HIPAA-compliant SaaS platform. Previously, he also served as the product manager for ConvergeHEALTH Population Health Insight and led the launch of the population health management solution for integrated healthcare networks.

“As the healthcare industry transitions to advanced payment models, analytics will aid providers and payers in developing successful programs,” said Mngomezulu. “Archway Health has been at the forefront of utilizing advanced analytics to develop optimum bundled programs, and I’m thrilled to join the team to support their clients with the data needed to improve care and realize significant savings.”

To learn more about Archway Health, please contact info@archwayha.com.

About Archway Health Archway Health, founded in 2014 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management programs that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI, CJR, and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

Media Contact: Flannery Nangle 315-406-5495 fnangle@hencove.com