Statewide Health Information Exchange Provides Daily Alerts About Emergency Department and Inpatient Visits, Helping Health Plans and Accountable Care Organizations Reduce Utilization and Costs

From the AHRQ:

The Nation’s largest health information exchange (with more than 90 facilities linked through a secure, robust network), the Indiana Health Information Exchange provides health plans and Medicare-chartered accountable care organizations with daily alerts on members of their attributed populations (e.g., health plan members, individuals assigned to the Medicare accountable care organizations) who have visited an emergency department or were admitted to the hospital in the past 24 hours. Based on near real-time data, these notices (known as admission, discharge, transfer alerts) allow the receiving organization to act on the information in a timely manner. In a pilot test, the program helped a managed health plan improve quality and lower costs by significantly reducing nonurgent emergency department visits, replacing them with lower cost primary care visits.

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