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SAS® Episode Analytics

The future of value-based health care

Transitioning to value-based payment models is no longer a question of "when" but "how." If you can better understand episodes of care, you can treat patients holistically, and build value into the care continuum. SAS Episode Analytics lets you tap into claims data to flexibly construct clinical episodes. Identify variations and opportunities for improvement. And assess your financial risk in value-based reimbursement agreements.


Start with standard definitions for episodes of care.

Analyze all claims data to identify signals that indicate a condition. Then automatically construct episodes of care based on the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute's (HCI3) standardized episode definitions. And you can automatically detect associations between episodes, which gives you a holistic patient view that enables better treatment decisions and prevention of potential complications.

Understand the true cost of episodes to better manage new payment models.

Effectively manage value-based payment models, such as bundled payments, by determining expected episode costs and adjusting them to account for heterogeneity and condition risk propensity. Then compare your expected, risk-adjusted costs with actual costs by provider, condition and patient. You can identify potentially avoidable costs (PACs) and the reasons behind them so you can target improvements in both quality of care and costs.

Identify potentially avoidable complications. 

By analyzing episodes and the cost of care at both the population and patient levels, you can determine not only whether services are related to a given episode, but also if they are typical or indicative of a complication. By differentiating between typical, complication and unrelated services – at the provider level, for example – you can look for ways to reduce preventable complications and provide better quality of care.

Assign accountability to providers and compare their performance.

Examine provider performance by correctly attributing PACs and typical costs of individual episodes to providers. The solution provides multiple attribution options, by class and for specific conditions, giving you additional control over the attribution method you want to use. You can compare provider performance on similar episode types, and measure adherence to protocols and evidence-based guidelines.




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  • Automatic episode definition. Examine episodes created by condition signals based on standard definitions from HCI3. Capture all services related to an episode to see the entirety of care across the episode.
  • Potentially avoidable complication identification. See which services, procedures and medical events are relevant to a condition, as well as hierarchical relationships as typical or complication, and then allocate claim dollars to the most appropriate episodes.
  • Clinical association between episodes identification. Find potential clinical interactions of various episodes, and identify if a connection is typical or a complication to understand the true clinical status of a patient.
  • Patient-severity/risk-adjusted cost comparisons. Obtain expected, total costs of episodes of care and adjust them to account for heterogeneity and condition risk propensity in patient populations.
  • Accurate calculation of true episode costs. Understand how all claim codes are relevant to a specific episode. If related to more than one episode, SAS splits the claim across relevant episodes.
  • Provider attribution to measure cost and quality. Attribute a conducting provider, facility or other entity to a specific episode, and assign episodes to understand if cost and quality measures are being met.

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