3M Payment Transformation Programs combine data classification, risk adjustment and consulting services to design reimbursement models that pay providers based on the actual cost of care. By minimizing variation in payment rates to similar providers for similar services, payers create a baseline from which providers can determine where they can control costs.
With 3M Payment Transformation Programs, your inpatient and outpatient payment models benefit from:
Payers are pressured to control costs without impacting the quality of care. To start, they can reduce payment variation by ensuring reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient providers accurately reflect the quality and intensity of the care delivered. By closely aligning payments with the true cost of providing care, payers can project financial trends and establish effective performance improvement programs.
When payments account for factors providers can’t control, such as the illness burden of a population, it lets them focus on what they can control, such as reducing health care waste.
By applying data classification, risk adjustment and consulting services, 3M Payment Transformation Programs help payers develop a strategy that consistently reimburses providers according to their performance.
First, we group your data using the 3M™ All Patient Refined (APR) DRG Classification System for inpatient claims and the 3M™ Enhanced Ambulatory Patient Grouping (EAPG) System for outpatient claims. These methodologies take into account more granular patient characteristics and thus allow you to adjust for a patient’s clinical health risk and level of resource consumption.
After processing your claims data, we help you determine your business goals and the parameters for your payment policies by walking you through key strategic decisions, such as:
Once policies are defined, we create the building blocks of the payment system: 3M APR DRG and 3M EAPG relative weights, outlier thresholds based on costs, transfer payment metrics and any other metrics integral to your goals.
Next, we help you roll out your new payment system by simulating different payment models. These simulations use your new payment metrics to project revenues and margins for each hospital, system and peer group. You can also examine the effects by service type (e.g., cardiology, radiology) and severity of illness. 3M Payment Transformation Programs provide you this information in reports that can be shared with contracted hospitals to educate them on the impacts of the new payment system.
Finally, economic and technology changes can impact your providers’ costs and case mix index. Therefore, it’s important to evaluate local costs and update payment metrics each year so they continue to align with the health risk of your members. 3M consultants work with you on making necessary changes by revisiting your payment policies, weights and hospital impact annually.
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