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UNIQUE DATA AGGREGATION COOPERATIVE GAINS NEW LEADERSHIP
Meg Cone MSN, RN Promoted to Director of Claims Data Services at The Health Collaborative

 

CINCINNATI – The Health Collaborative (THC) announced this week the promotion of Meg Cone MSN, RN, CNL, MHSA to a new position within the organization: Director of Claims Data Services.

Cone has served as Lead Practice Facilitator of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative in Ohio and Northern Kentucky since April 2017. Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a national advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through multi-payer payment reform and by changing how care is delivered.

Cone and the team of practice facilitators, led by Tiffany Mattingly MSN, RN, Director of Clinical Quality Improvement, work to ensure that each practice is able to meet its care delivery requirements within the five core functions of the project as prescribed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Data aggregation is quickly becoming a key component of this work.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging and supporting practices with the CPC+ project,” Cone affirmed. “Providers and care teams are actively learning new and different ways to collaborate with their patients for higher quality, lower cost care. I look forward to building a stronger bridge between practices and their data in this new role.”

CPC+ seeks to improve the quality, access, and efficiency of primary care. Currently in the U.S. there are over 2,900 primary care practices participating in the initiative. CPC+ is a unique public-private partnership, in which practices are supported by 56 aligned payers in 18 regions. The Health Collaborative is home to the largest region by far – covering the state of Ohio and Northern Kentucky – supporting more than 560 primary care practices with over 2,500 doctors and providers.

As an RN and former care manager/clinical coordinator in a variety of settings, Cone has been an instrumental lead for the growing team of CPC+ practice facilitators and has been a tremendous asset to the practices she has worked with throughout the state. Her depth of experience has been an invaluable resource to the rest of the CPC+ team as well. The decision to add this new position is a result of the growth of The Health Collaborative’s CPC+ data aggregation work.

THC’s data aggregation services work on a cooperative model in which health plans provide their attributed claims data, reporting on 16 measures that cover cost, quality, and utilization. THC data analysts then make sure the reporting is consistent and accurate and prepare the client-facing reports to ensure the data is meaningful to the end user. Practices and payers split the cost of aggregating the data 50/50, creating a shared, cooperative model that leverages co-ownership of the results.

With THC’s data aggregation capabilities, clinicians and care teams can query and filter results down to a specific payer or provider, and can even drill down to individual patient information to gain more insight in identifying where best to spend time and resources. Payers and practices receive a consistent report in the same format, meaning they are “speaking the same language.”

While not all CPC+ practices have bought into THC’s data aggregation services, those that have opted in now have access to 30+ data-driven dashboards that break down various pieces of data in one place. They can compare how their practice is doing compared to similarly-sized practices in the area or state-wide, and how their practice compares to others participating in CPC+ data aggregation.

Richard Shonk MD, Chef Medical Officer at THC, oversees the data aggregation project and is enthusiastic about the addition of Cone and her new position to the team. “The importance of timely and actionable data cannot be overstated in this effort,” he explained. “With Meg’s background she will be in an ideal position to help us identify ‘best use cases’ for our data as practices integrate and advance the new payment approaches that emphasize care coordination.”

Cone will still be an integral part of the overall CPC+ work but will be shifting her focus from the learning and diffusion side of the project to the data aggregation side. Her official start date in her new role is April 15. We have no doubt that with her in this role, our data aggregation work will blossom.

Get in touch with Meg Cone MSN, RN, CNL, MHSA: mcone@healthcollab.org

Learn more about THC’s Data Aggregation Services: Dr. Richard Shonk, Chief Medical Officer: rshonk@healthcollab.org or Sean Flynn, Account Manager: sflynn@healthcollab.org

 

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The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that leads data-driven improvements resulting in healthier people, better care and lower costs. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.