McKesson Health Solutions, the integrated care management services unit of industry giant McKesson, has acquired technology vendor HealthQX, which sells software to support health plans and providers in moving to value-based care.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

McKesson, whose primary business lies in pharmaceutical distribution, has recently taken steps to divest several of its health information technology business lines; however, McKesson Health Solutions is a separate unit that has not been affected by the divestiture moves.

HealthQX sells the ClarityQx data analytics platform, which uses a program by the Health Care Incentives Institute and offers 90 episodes of care to support value-based care reimbursement arrangements, accountable care organizations and quality measurements.

The platform uses pharmacy, medical, eligibility and provider data to analyze how well a provider is managing costs, quality and outcomes across an episode of care, and it aligns payment incentives around quality, says Andrei Gonzales, MD, director of value-based reimbursement initiatives at McKesson Health Solutions. ClarityQx will be used to analyze both provider and payer sectors.

The combination of McKesson Health Solutions and HealthQX will support analytics for retrospective bundled payments, where all claims are paid, but also reconciled to see how physicians perform and make any necessary changes, such as bonus payments or penalties; and prospective bundled payments where a lump payment is made to one provider that then disburses payments to other providers in the care continuum. HealthQX brings to McKesson software to manage retrospective episodes of care.

Providers also can use historical data to make improvements in their performance before getting into a bundled payment program, Gonzales says. For instance, if a knee replacement specialist has a lot of patients with limited range of motion, that could be an indication that the physician needs to improve the physical therapy regimen being used.

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