Female Doc w iPadAltarum helps providers and health systems improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their practices and compliance with regulatory requirements, such as MACRA's Quality Payment Program. We also provide clinical decision support aides to improve quality measurement, empower health care providers with fact-based decision tools, and provide appropriate usage guidelines for under- and over-utilized care.

Our development team approaches each project from a broad point of view with the goal of transforming patient and provider behavior, setting the foundation for long-term systemic change in health care delivery. This holistic perspective is what guides transformative change, such as reducing cost from unnecessary treatments, promoting patient engagement through education, and optimizing preventive strategies and providing alternative care solutions at the point of care.

Altarum has been awarded two Health Care Innovation Awards by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in the past three years. These two awards are focused on the innovative creation and deployment of clinical decision support (CDS) tools and care coordination strategies to improve how care is coordinated and delivered. Our team offers expertise in regulatory compliance, workflow analysis, agile product development, rapid cycle improvement monitoring, and quality measurement. It also offers domain experience in radiology, surgical, and dental care appropriateness criteria and guidelines.

Quality Improvement and Regulatory Compliance

We provide direct-to-provider assistance for adopting and optimizing health IT tools and leveraging health IT to support clinical and administrative quality improvement for better health care delivery. Expert consultants and practice coaches from Altarum help providers to engage their patient base and optimize their systems and workflows to reduce waste, increase quality of care and patient satisfaction.

An example of our work in this area is the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network, a collaboration with 29 organizations, including universities, health systems and independent provider practices, who provide technical assistance and support to help improve clinician delivery of care. 

Altarum also helps providers and health systems comply with regulatory reporting requirements designed to advance value-based payment models. This includes the Quality Payment Program established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Visit our QPP Resource Center to learn more. Providers and health systems of all sizes can also use our proprietary web-based tool, known as MIPScast ™ to achieve their best score through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), required by the CMS Quality Payment Program. 

Altarum's work with the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption delivers both quality improvement and compliance support to providers in areas such as the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program, HIPAA privacy and security rule compliance, network security evaluation, quality payment program compliance, and meaningful use audit response support.

Clinical Decision Support

We help clinicians improve patient care outcomes by removing barriers and connecting providers to relevant health information, guidelines and data with CDS tools at the point of care. These tools are designed to integrate with the physician work-flow by easily and quickly guiding physicians through the decision making process. Based on a real time approach, decision support provides evidence-based rationale, local best practices, and other relevant information to provide the most appropriate care solution.

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Care Coordination Strategies

Want to craft and execute effective care coordination strategies to improve the flow of patients and information between health care providers? We can help. Our focus is on increasing awareness for care providers and supplying them with the tools necessary to better identify specific health issues, comply with care guidelines, and coordinate care across providers. The coordination strategies include closing the loop via health information technology integration, creating the technology infrastructure needed for value-based care and quality improvement, encouraging sustained, system-wide improvement in health care delivery.

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Implementation Science

We specialize in qualitative research projects focus on analyzing health IT implementation or quality improvement interventions, using surveys, interviews, and cognitive task analysis tools with physician practices. By understanding the granular level of targeted practices experience with health IT and quality interventions, our research identifies themes to shape best practices, identify program deficiencies, and offer potential solutions.

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