Making the Economics Work for You
Organizations should also take the time to thoroughly analyze how they can leverage the new data the Interoperability Rule addresses, and how greater access to new data sets can support innovative approaches to care coordination, enhancing patient experience and improving health outcomes. That line of inquiry can also help identify potential internal funding resources beyond the IT budget and align with existing or planned investments in quality improvement or analytics. Access to more reliable data can greatly enhance capabilities. Ensuring one has the right functionality to use this data for member education and more ability to make provider decisions based on quality; providers can make better care decisions, eliminate redundancies and health plans can use analytics to their advantage to serve their current and prospective clients with greater targeted approaches.
One of the most critical components around the Final Rule is how much these changes will cost your organization to implement. While the opinions on cost estimates vary widely, as there is no federal funding allocated to health plans or hospitals for implementation, organization must determine how they intend to fund and account for these expenses.
CMS estimated the implementation cost to health plans for these requirements at between $700K and $2.3 million per organization for the first year and $157K per organization per year for ongoing maintenance.1 CMS acknowledged that payers may pass these costs to patients via increased premiums and notes individual market plans may absorb the cost or reduce non-essential health benefits.2
Hospitals and Individual Providers
State Medicaid Agencies
The state must include the costs in the development of plan capitation rates, which will be matched at the state’s medical assistance match rate. Medicaid agency implementation rates will be matched at 90% for system development, 75% for system maintenance and operations and 50% for general administrative costs.4 CMS estimates that the requirements will add a cost of less than 10 cents per enrollee to State Medicaid agencies.5
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1Interoperability and Patient Access – Prepublication Final Rule - (CMS-9115-F) p. 365-366.
2Interoperability and Patient Access – Prepublication Final Rule - (CMS-9115-F) p. 72 and 395.
3Interoperability and Patient Access – Prepublication Final Rule - (CMS-9115-F) p. 371-372
4Interoperability and Patient Access – Prepublication Final Rule - (CMS-9115-F) p. 74 and 233.
5Interoperability and Patient Access – Prepublication Final Rule - (CMS-9115-F) p. 395-396.