Inaugural Caravan Health Outlook and Strategies Seminar Held December 9
On Thursday, December 9, Caravan held its first Outlook and Strategies Seminar. Over 300 Caravan partners and staff heard from company leaders and a special CMS guest. Special thanks to our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ashok Roy, for moderating the event.
Special Guest from CMS – Dr. Meena Seshamani
Caravan was honored to welcome Dr. Meena Seshamani, Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS. Dr. Seshamani spoke about Medicare priorities and the growing role of value-based care. She talked about how organizations like Caravan are central to moving the needle toward better care and better outcomes while also managing costs.
With a background as a health provider, she spoke knowledgably about the affordability and sustainability that are critical for the future of Medicare. CMS has implemented policy changes to improve access to care, such as eliminating copays for procedures following colonoscopies. The 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule included telehealth enhancements, such as audio-only telehealth for certain mental health services. This is especially important as we face the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many populations continue to struggle with social factors that can impede care access.
Focus on Caravan’s great results
Lynn Barr, Caravan Founder and Executive Chair, and Tim Gronniger, Caravan President and CEO, started by congratulating Caravan clients on well-earned shared savings and impressive quality scores for 2020. This continuing upward trend signifies the success of our collaborative approach and the dedication of the hospital and clinic staff doing the work of practice transformation.
Tim pointed to the success of McKenzie Health System in Michigan, which achieved an annual wellness visit rate of over 70 percent. Success like McKenzie’s has led Caravan to encourage clients to move to higher and achievable levels of financial risk. As all ACOs move to Pathways to Success in 2022, we will continue to share success stories and best practices among Caravan’s partners.
What’s coming for Caravan and its clients in 2022
Nicole Banister, Senior VP of Practice Transformation, described some details of the new regional team structure designed to offer more personalized support. Caravan’s regional vice presidents will be joined by new regional managers, a diverse group of health system experts who will focus on customer success. We are also building up our clinical teams with even more population health staff to guide on-the-ground client initiatives.
These expert clinical teams will support Caravan’s new partnership with Quint Studer which focuses on physician replenishment. In a series of events early in 2022, Quint will provide problem-solving resources specifically developed for community health systems and safety net providers as they continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tom Hawkes, Caravan’s Chief Information and Digital Product Officer, laid out several enhancements to Caravan Coach, including timelier AWV opportunity lists. With near-time information available, this tool creates actionable information that leads to better performance. Clinicians have a window into preventive care history over seven years and customized targets in the performance dashboard. Clients can create an opportunity analysis to show where improvements can be made.
The latest on ACO policy
The session continued with more details about how the latest CMS policy changes affect Caravan’s clients. Quality experts Daniel Nelson, Senior Population Health Manager, and Rayna Caplan, Sr. Director, Population Health Improvement, reviewed the adjustments to the ACO quality overhaul that were included in the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule. The 2022 PFS included another delay in the transition to electronic reporting. ACOs will now have to report quality through eCQMs no later than 2025.
Caravan Health is working hard to prepare for 2022 and is ready to support clients in their value-based care journey. The Seminar allowed us to look back on another outstanding year of hard work while gearing up for the road ahead.