Encounter Notification Service Improves Care Coordination and Enables Hospitals to Comply with CMS Notification Requirements
PHILADELPHIA – July 13, 2021 – HealthShare Exchange (HSX), an industry leader in electronic patient-care information for the greater Philadelphia healthcare community, and Audacious Inquiry, a national industry-shaping health IT company, today announced the extension of ENShare, a service that delivers encounter notifications to subscribing organizations within and outside of the HSX network. Powered by Audacious Inquiry’s Encounter Notification Service® (ENS®), ENShare will now alert subscribing provider participants about their patients’ admission, discharge, and/or transfer from HSX member emergency departments, hospitals, and post-acute care facilities to organizations outside of the HSX network for seamless continuity of patient care.
ENShare enables hospitals to push notifications to downstream providers listed by patients as part of their care team, allowing for timely follow-up and empowering providers to reconnect with patients who have not been seen recently. The expansion of the ENShare service supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent Conditions of Participation (CoP) Electronic Notifications Rule, which requires all Medicare and Medicaid-certified hospitals to send electronic notifications to community providers when any of their patients are admitted, transferred or discharged.
“The ability to securely share information between providers in real time is critical to delivering the highest quality healthcare to patients — not only within our region, but across the country,” said Martin Lupinetti, President & Chief Executive Officer of HealthShare Exchange. “To date, more than 30 hospitals have signed on to use HSX’s ENShare service, demonstrating their compliance with federal regulations as well as their commitment to their past, current and future patients.”
In addition to pushing notifications to providers, hospitals can leverage ENShare to demonstrate compliance with the CMS CoP Electronic Notifications Rule by generating a report that outlines critical metrics such as the percentage of alerts generated for encounters.
“Audacious Inquiry’s Encounter Notification Service is used by thousands of health plans and physicians to coordinate care for more than 70 million lives. We are proud to power the ENShare solution to further facilitate improved care coordination and outcomes across the healthcare system in Pennsylvania. ENS provides physicians with the critical information they need to support clinical decisions for patients during the most important moments, including transitions of care,” said Scott Afzal, President of Audacious Inquiry. “The CMS CoP requirement highlights how both patients and providers benefit from more connected care.”
To learn more about the ENShare service, visit https://www.healthshareexchange.org/sites/default/files/3.5.2019_ens_overview_final.pdf.
About HealthShare Exchange
HealthShare Exchange (HSX) is a nonprofit community-directed organization that gathers and makes electronic patient health information available securely at the point of care throughout the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley area’s healthcare ecosystem. HSX links disparate electronic medical record (EMR) systems of hospitals, health systems and healthcare stakeholders across the continuum of care along with the clinical data of healthcare insurers for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. HSX services deliver real-time clinical information to our members, including a patient’s medical history as well as notifications to enable improved outcomes, care coordination and more cost-effective care for over 12 million patients. HSX is a HITRUST certified organization, a PA P3N certified Health Information Organization (HIO), a State of NJ Trusted Data Sharing Organization (TDSO) and is part of the national eHealth Exchange. For more information, visit https://www.healthshareexchange.org/ or follow us on Twitter (@HealthShareExch) and LinkedIn.
About Audacious Inquiry
Audacious Inquiry is a national industry-shaping health IT company that provides a connected care platform facilitating the secure transmission of actionable, accurate, and event-driven data across the U.S. healthcare system. Audacious Inquiry’s pioneering software solutions help providers and care managers be proactive during the most important moments, including during transitions of care. This information helps at-risk providers and payers working within value-based arrangements reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. With years of experience developing health data exchanges at the federal and state level, Audacious Inquiry is a trusted partner to health plans, health systems, Health Information Exchange Organizations, public health agencies, and federal, state, and local government agencies across the country. Audacious Inquiry’s trusted solutions, which include its flagship Encounter Notification Service® (ENS) and the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies™ (PULSE), serve more than 70 million people nationwide. For more information, visit us at ainq.com, or follow us on Twitter at @A_INQ.