Transitioning to Value-Based Care

Electronic Medical Record System

  • Course Author: Margret Amatayakul
  • Registration dates: Sept. 11-Oct. 30, 2017
  • Course run dates: Oct. 2-Dec. 3, 2017
  • This course offers 12 free AHIMA CEUs. You'll receive a certificate of completion via email.

Course description

The U.S. healthcare system is the costliest in the world; yet, while having some of the best healthcare in the world, there is room for improvement in both quality and cost. Value-based care (VBC) is a way to achieve value (i.e., better outcomes at lower cost) that is bi-partisan and is being embraced by both federal government and private-sector providers and health plans. VBC is a vastly different approach to delivering and paying for care that requires consumers/patients, providers, and health plans/insurers to make transformative changes.

This course describes the rationale for transitioning to VBC, provides a comprehensive description of the components of VBC, and reviews barriers to adoption and what practices are helping overcome these barriers. The course also takes a deeper dive into practical operational and information technology areas that can help accelerate adoption of VBC.

Texts: No purchase is required; Health IT and EHRs: Principles and Practice, Sixth Edition, by Margret Amatayakul, published by the American Health Information Management Association is recommended.

After taking this course, you will have a better understanding of VBC, will be able to apply practical tools to aid in transitioning to VBC, and will be prepared to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing landscape that is VBC.

Texts: No purchase is required; Health IT and EHRs: Principles and Practice, Sixth Edition, by Margret Amatayakul, published by the American Health Information Management Association is recommended.

About the course author

Portrait of Margret Amatayakul, MOOC course authorMargret Amatayakul, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPEHR, FHIMSS has over forty years of experience in health information management and health informatics. She has served as a director of health information services, an executive at related associations, and full-time and adjunct faculty member at colleges and universities. Nearly twenty years ago she formed Margret A Consulting, LLC to promote adoption of electronic health records and compliance with the Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA, including the transactions and code sets as well as privacy and security. She has consulted for over two-hundred providers, health plans, business associates, and federal policy-making entities. Since 2013, several client engagements have included VBC activities, including providing assistance in development of an accountable care organization, supporting the transition to the patient-centered medical home model of care delivery, creating a toolkit for providers to use in VBC implementation, and conducting an environmental scan and primary research in operational needs of providers and health plans to ensure successful roll out of VBC programs.

Photo courtesy of: Jenny Fontaine

Assessments

The course includes eight assessments in the form of multiple-choice, true-false, and/or matching quizzes. These quizzes are intended to test your understanding of the concepts presented in the course, supplemented with reading assignments on the Internet. Optional activities are intended to broaden the scope of the course material and encourage future learning and sharing.


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