As hospitals across the nation pivot to comply with the new CMS Conditions of Participation, those that will benefit most will use these conditions as a springboard for coordination initiatives.
By avoiding pitfalls, the new interoperability requirements will improve both financial and clinical outcomes—without creating a significant barrier for care teams. Here are three best practices that will help institutions comply with and benefit from the new Conditions of Participation.
1. One Solution to Rule Them All
While the rules don’t specify that hospitals need to rely on a single solution for sending data, relying on multiple intermediaries will prove costly and difficult to implement and maintain. Selecting a singular solution that can provide interoperability across multiple provider sects is key to leveraging the benefits of the new rules while reducing administrative burden.
2. Creating Value to Avoid Alert Fatigue
A key contributor to burnout and desensitization is alert fatigue. By creating value that goes beyond the currently-required notification, hospitals can facilitate meaningful collaboration with primary care providers, post-acute facilities, and other downstream providers.
By including key information—such as care guidelines, relevant patient history, and contact information for other members of a patient’s care team—notifications will become a valuable tool rather than a useless alert.
3. Leveraging Existing Workflows
New policies and regulations often mean burdensome administrative work. However, it doesn’t have to be that way with the new Conditions of Participation. A hospital’s best chance for successfully implementing not only the new rules but a complimentary care collaboration platform is in integrating the changes into existing workflows.
Setting smart-analytics criteria, automating notifications, and integrating alerts into existing EHRs through a solution like Collective Medical can ensure that hospitals are fully compliant without creating a significant disruption to the workflows of physicians, nurses, and other care team members.
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