EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--Computer Sciences Corporation today announced that five U.S. healthcare consulting organizations have licensed the Johns Hopkins Adjusted Clinical Groups Predictive Model (ACG-PM) software. Encompass Medical Management, Salem Health Solutions, Wakely Consulting Group and two other providers of healthcare management services will use ACG-PM to improve the performance of health plans offered by their employer-group clients.
ACG-PM is a component of the ACG Case-Mix System, the nation's most widely used and evaluated population-based risk-adjustment tool. Developed and maintained by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the tool is distributed exclusively by CSC in the U.S. ACG-PM will help the five organizations improve their health plan clients' ability to identify and focus on individuals who are candidates for disease management programs, thereby improving care delivery and reducing medical costs.
In comparing how various patient populations use healthcare resources, the software factors in the morbidity or "illness burden" of patient populations, so healthcare providers, insurers and health maintenance organizations can describe or predict a population's past or future use of a health plan and related costs.
ACG analysis reports can then influence actuarial and healthcare management policies and decisions, resulting in greater operational efficiency and quality of care. "Wakely reviewed more than a half-dozen risk-adjustment products," said Brian Weible, vice president of Wakely Consulting Group. "We chose the ACG System based on the explanatory power of the system's algorithms, the clinical support provided by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the more than 10 years of market testing the system has undergone."
"By aligning with Johns Hopkins, CSC has been able to transfer valuable ACG case-mix technology from the laboratory to the marketplace," said Steve Sabino, vice president of CSC's Health Plan Solutions organization. "With the ACG System, we can offer our clients a tool that will help increase the efficiency and equity of care for millions of patients."
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