In a healthcare industry that is shifting from fee-for-service to value-based-care models, it’s increasingly important for practices to understand everything about their costs. To that end, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delivers a claim file to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Unfortunately, ACOs often don’t take full advantage of the intelligence available within the CMS claim file. But if ACOs can unlock these “mysteries” held within the file, they can reduce costs more quickly. Here are just a few examples: Where do all my patients receive care? Your CMS claim file can show you where your patients are actually receiving care. The answer may surprise you. For example, we helped one of our ACO clients in the rural Midwest plot on a map where its patients were receiving care. As expected, patients received a lot of care in the […]