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Astrata named as recipient of the KLAS Payer/Provider Points of Light Award

May 20, 2024 PITTSBURGH, PA Astrata has been named a recipient of the KLAS Payer/Provider Points of Light Award in collaboration with AmeriHealth Caritas, ELLKAY and Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc for its work in Closing Care Gaps for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set(HEDIS)Measures through Natural Language Processing (NLP).

The Points of Light Awards celebrate success stories—or Points of Light—from payers, providers and healthcare technology companies that work collaboratively to align care delivery with health plan sponsor initiatives to reduce inefficiencies and improve the patient experience.

“We are delighted that KLAS Research honored Astrata with this award, recognizing our success in the payer/provider initiative to support health plans’ quality programs.” said President of Astrata, Rebecca Jacobson, “We continue to enable organizations to move to continuous prospective HEDIS by increasing efficiency in identifying care gaps, allowing for fewer cases that need to be manually reviewed and providing better patient/member care.”

Astrata offers a proven, HITRUST certified solution to impact payers’ quality reporting, reducing provider abrasion and improving patient care and outcomes. This acknowledgment from KLAS is a testament to the value that Astrata is delivering to healthcare quality as it continues to focus on accelerating value-based care.

This program was the result of Prospect Medical Holdings and AmeriHealth Caritas collaborating to “ensure that patient compliance with Medicaid measures was accurately measured, recorded, and reported to the state. Provider and payer organizations need accurate measurements to improve patient/member care, reduce the provider administrative burden, and produce more accurate data for HEDIS reporting. Standard industry practices rely primarily on claims data to close HEDIS gaps. However, because clinicians often use free-text clinical notes to document compliance, structured claims data alone does not provide a complete picture of a member population’s compliance with Medicaid measures. As National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) moves toward digital measures, payer and provider organizations are at risk of significantly underestimating their HEDIS compliance.” as noted in the case study.

Key outcomes from the collaboration include:

  • Indications of increased efficiency in identifying care gaps and increased financial return from quality measures
  • Reduced redocumentation efforts for Prospect Medical Holdings
  • Reduced number of care gaps that need manual review
  • Comprehensive member follow-up on care gaps

Astrata and AmeriHealth Caritas are continuing to work together to review opportunities to expand the program.

Vandna Bhrany, VP HEDIS Strategy & Analytics at AmeriHealth Caritas stated, “Moving to a year-round HEDIS program is a fundamental shift that supports better population health and helps us achieve value-based care goals. An underlying NLP platform is an essential element of scaling the work. We are delighted to receive this Points of Light award with our collaborators from Prospect Medical Holdings, Astrata, and ELLKAY.”

Patricia Warble, Senior Director at Prospect Medical Holdings, went on to say, “This collaborative effort generated increased opportunities for quality improvements by providing a more complete picture of compliance.  Reducing burden for our providers is a key goal of this project.”

The recognition of Astrata with a 2024 KLAS Points of Light Award highlights the transformative potential of collaboration.  Solutions that enable providers and payers to have clear insight into care gaps can drive greater improvements in patient outcomes. Additional value is found in the reduction in redocumentation efforts for closing care gaps and manual record requests from health plans. Astrata’s innovative approach empowers organizations to move from a retrospective HEDIS approach to a prospective HEDIS strategy. This allows for payers, providers, and patients to work in concert to identify and close gaps in care that affect patient outcomes within the measurement year.

About KLAS

KLAS is a research and insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data and insights on software and services to deliver timely reports and performance data that represent provider and payer voices and act as catalysts for improving vendor performance. The KLAS research team publishes reports covering the most pressing questions facing healthcare technology today, including emerging technology insights, that provide early insights on the future of healthcare technology solutions. KLAS also fosters measurement and collaboration between healthcare providers and payers and best practice adoption. Learn more at KLASresearch.com.

About Astrata

Astrata (www.astrata.co) is a digital quality company, offering a suite of products and services for health plans and value-driven providers who are moving from paper-based clinical quality measures to digital clinical quality measures, as required by NCQA and CMS. Astrata’s products make it possible to better measure and improve healthcare quality, a foundation for moving to value-based care. Astrata’s value propositions include dramatic efficiency gains, higher clinical quality rates, and increased quality bonus payments. 

 

Astrata recognized for joining NCQA Digital Content Services Early Adopter Program

January 22, 2024 PITTSBURGH, PA Astrata has announced that they have joined NCQA Digital Content Services Early Adopter Program. This is a continuation of their work with NCQA as Astrata was one of the first vendors to certify a native FHIR/CQL engine that runs HEDIS measures and has been a testing partner for NCQA’s digital measures. Astrata’s product suite also includes a Natural Language Processing (NLP) powered platform that helps Health Plans move to year-round, prospective HEDIS medical record review.

Astrata expressed their enthusiasm for being part of the program, stating, “We are delighted to have early access to NCQA’s new and transformational products. Together this community will help to shape the future of quality measurements, which is also the future of healthcare.”

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA Accredits and Certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices. NCQA can also be found at Twitter @ncqa and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa

About Astrata

Astrata (www.astrata.co) is a digital quality company, offering a suite of products and services for health plans and value-driven providers who are moving from paper-based clinical quality measures to digital clinical quality measures, as required by NCQA and CMS. Astrata’s products make it possible to better measure and improve healthcare quality, a foundation for moving to value-based care. Astrata’s value propositions include dramatic efficiency gains, higher clinical quality rates, and increased quality bonus payments. 

 

Rebecca Jacobson, President of Astrata, named to National Quality Forum (NQF) AI in Quality Measures Technical Expert Panel

October 31, 2023 PITTSBURGH, PA Astrata has announced that their president, Dr. Rebecca Jacobson, has joined named to National Quality Forum (NQF) AI in Quality Measures Technical Expert Panel a Natural Language Processing (NLP) powered platform that helps Health Plans move to year-round, prospective HEDIS medical record review.

“I am honored to be named to the National Quality Forum (NQF) AI in Quality Measures Technical Expert Panel (AI TEP). The mission of the AI TEP is to develop a framework and guiding principles for the use of AI (including NLP and Machine Learning) in national quality measures. It’s wonderful to join such an accomplished group of colleagues and to have the opportunity to help NQF. This is a topic that I am deeply passionate about and have worked on for more than six years, first at UPMC and now at Astrata, Inc! I know from practical experience that NLP can help us move to near real-time, population-wide quality measurement – a critical step to success in value-based care.”

About NQF

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to improve healthcare outcomes, safety, equity, and affordability. Our unique role is to bring all voices to our table to forge multistakeholder consensus on quality measurement and improvement standards and practices that achieve measurable health improvements for all. NQF is a proud affiliate of The Joint Commission.

About Astrata

Astrata (www.astrata.co) is a digital quality company, offering a suite of products and services for health plans and value-driven providers who are moving from paper-based clinical quality measures to digital clinical quality measures, as required by NCQA and CMS. Astrata’s products make it possible to better measure and improve healthcare quality, a foundation for moving to value-based care. Astrata’s value propositions include dramatic efficiency gains, higher clinical quality rates, and increased quality bonus payments. 

 

Astrata Is Among Latest to Earn Certified Data Partner Designation in NCQA Data Aggregator Validation Program 

June 7, 2023 PITTSBURGH, PA Astrata announced today that it has earned Certified Data Partner designation in the new National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Data Aggregator Validation program. Astrata is part of the latest NCQA cohort to earn this NCQA Certification, which indicates that Astrata adheres to NCQA data standards. 

As one of the first of seven data partners to have achieved certification, Astrata is unique in its use of proprietary Natural Language Processing (NLP) transformations to earn NCQA’s rigorous assessment and certification. The company is certified for the Data Transformation, Normalization and Mapping standard (PSD 4.0), using NLP methods to ensure that standard data streams include the full complement of applicable clinical data.   

“This NCQA certification positions Astrata to combine our state-of-the-art analytics products with DAV certified data streams to help our payer customers achieve their digital quality transformation goals,” says Girish Chavan, CTO/Co-founder, Astrata. “We are especially excited to offer this service to customers of our NLP product suite as a way to further reduce their effort during prospective HEDIS season.” Astrata is proud to partner with ELLKAY, a nationwide leader in healthcare connectivity, to deliver value to payers who are moving to prospective HEDIS medical record review. 

This certification enables Astrata to support organizations on their digital quality journey with assurance that they have met the high standards of NCQA DAV Certification. Notably, Astrata’s eMeasure product, a native FHIR/CQL HEDIS engine, has also achieved NCQA certification as the first vendor to certify e-measures using a native CQL/FHIR approach. eMeasure is a joint offering with Smile Digital Health, a global health technology leader harnessing open standards to fuel digital transformation. 

For information about NCQA Validation, click here.

About NCQA 

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA Accredits and Certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices. NCQA can also be found at Twitter @ncqa and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa. 

About Astrata  

Astrata is a digital quality company, offering a suite of products and services for health plans and value-driven providers who are moving from paper-based clinical quality measures to digital clinical quality measures, as required by NCQA and CMS. Astrata’s products make it possible to better measure and improve healthcare quality, a foundation for moving to value-based care. Astrata’s value propositions include dramatic efficiency gains, higher clinical quality rates, and increased quality bonus payments. 

Astrata Joins NCQA’s Industry Council for Health Care Quality

January 13, 2023 

We are pleased to announce that Astrata has joined the NCQA Industry Advisory Council. As a leader in digital quality technology, we’re eager to collaborate with the NCQA to help them meet their vision of improving healthcare quality and making healthcare more accessible to all. At Astrata, we are committed to harnessing the power of data to create meaningful change in healthcare. We look forward to working with the NCQA to move the industry towards a digital quality future.

Steve Whitehurst Joins Astrata’s Board of Directors

October 12, 2022 

PITTSBURGH, PA – Steve Whitehurst has joined Astrata’s Board of Directors. Steve has over 25 years of leadership experience in SaaS, Digital Health and Healthcare IT. With strong operational and commercial experience, he is typically called on to lead companies seeking strong value creation through new market expansion and growth strategies. He has broad experience with pre-revenue startups to later stage businesses looking for high double digit growth. Whitehurst has experience with multiple funding and investment structures. He has personally led multiple transactions, both as a buyer and seller. He’s had success in private and public sectors, building go to market strategies and developing acquisition plans/targets to achieve preferred valuations. He also sits on multiple healthcare boards and acts as a mentor for the healthcare startup community.

Astrata Selects MTC Group and MEDIS as Advisors for Digital Quality Solutions for Health Plans

October 11, 2022 

PITTSBURGH, PA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Astrata has engaged two former NCQA executives, Rick Moore (MTC Group) and Michael Barr (MEDIS)  to offer advisory and consulting services, informing and optimizing Astrata’s product strategy for Digital Quality solutions for healthcare organizations.

Astrata is leveraging extensive experience and expertise of Moore and Barr to ensure Astrata’s best-of-breed technology solutions are aligned with the future of Quality and Measurement for health care.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity to assist Astrata in its mission to power value-based care by transforming healthcare quality measurement,” said Rick Moore, Founder/CEO of MTC Group, LLC.  “As CMS and NCQA continue to drive the industry towards measuring quality across populations and transitioning to digital measurement, health plans will need to utilize innovative technology solutions to make this possible.”

Astrata Achieves HITRUST Risk-based, 2-year Certification to Further Mitigate Risk in Third-Party Privacy, Security, and Compliance

August 24, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA /PRNewswire/ Astrata, a leading provider of NLP and data analytics software for the healthcare quality industry, today announced that Astrata Chart Review, residing at Amazon Web Services (AWS) US East-1; Facility — AWS US East-1 (Data Center) managed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) located in N. Virginia, United States of America, has earned Certified status for information security by HITRUST.

HITRUST Risk-based, 2-year (r2) Certified status demonstrates that Astrata’s data security and infrastructure unit has met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and is appropriately managing risk. This achievement places Astrata in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification. By including federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST Assurance Program helps organizations address security and data protection challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.

Astrata and Smile CDR Announce NCQA Certification for Next-Generation Digital Quality Measurement Engine

July 12, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA and TORONTO, ON, JULY 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Astrata, a market innovator in Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS1) natural language processing (NLP) and healthcare quality solutions, and Smile CDR, a leading health data and integration company, announced today that their Digital HEDIS solution, eMeasure, is one of the first digital HEDIS engines to earn the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Certification for new digital measures. NCQA Certification programs evaluate systems and processes that support data collection, surveys, and quality improvement. This initial Certification, which includes the breast cancer screening (BCS-E) and colorectal cancer screening (COL-E) measures, follows successful beta-testing of the new Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®)-based digital measures by the Astrata team in collaboration with NCQA.

 

Ellkay Partners with Astrata for Improving Health Plans’ Quality Measurement

March 7, 2022

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J.March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As ELLKAY, LLC, a leader in healthcare connectivity, prepares for RISE National 2022 in Nashville, the company is pleased to announce its recent partnership with Astrata. Like ELLKAY, Astrata is an innovator in its field, developing natural language processing (NLP) and other analytic technologies to allow health plans to efficiently analyze structured and unstructured clinical data and improve value-based care. ELLKAY is known for their solutions that provide bi-directional data exchange, which is becoming increasingly more important as provider compensation continues to be linked to quality measures.

 

Astrata Selected as Beta Testing Vendor for NCQA’s Measure Certification Program™ using Digital Quality Measures

November 15, 2021

 Astrata, an innovator in advanced analytics for health care quality, today announced its participation in National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Digital Quality Measurement (dQM) pilot and Measure Certification Program. Astrata was selected as a beta testing vendor for certification with NCQA’s new digital measures.

 

Astrata and Smile CDR Join Forces to Develop Next-Generation Digital Quality Measurement Engine

July 13, 2021

Smile CDR, a leading health data and integration platform, and Astrata, a market driver in Quality NLP and analytics, announced a partnership to produce the next generation of Quality technology. 

 

NCQA + HL7 Digital Quality Summit

July 13-14, 2021

Astrata is proud to sponsor the 2021 NCQA + HL7 Digital Quality Summit. Visit our Exhibitor Booth during the conference to meet the team, ask questions, schedule demos, and learn more about Astrata’s products, and services. 

Astrata Partners with Leverage Health, Venture Catalyst

January 31, 2021 

Astrata has partnered with Leverage Health to bring its unique analytics capabilities to the healthcare market. Leverage Health is a leading business development company, with a select portfolio of innovative companies. Astrata President Dr. Rebecca Jacobson was recently interviewed by Leverage Health partner Richard Lungen. 

Astrata Launches from UPMC

January 4, 2021 

 As the health insurance industry shifts to digitally measured quality improvement programs, UPMC Enterprises has incubated and launched Astrataa digital health care quality company. Astrata uses advanced analytics and natural language processing (NLP) to improve value-based care.  

Astrata and its team of data scientists developed cloud-based NLP technologies that allow health insurers to more efficiently analyze unstructured clinical data. This transformative solution generates real-time insights that more accurately assess quality of care and population health against Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. Both government and private health care payors are increasingly aligning provider compensation to such measures.

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UPMC Astrata Team Selected to Participate in NCQA NLP Working Group 

February 17, 2020 

The Astrata Team (with UPMC) was selected to be part of the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) working group on Natural Language Processing (NLP). The group will meet throughout 2020 to help NCQA explore how NLP may be suitable for use in quality measurement, and reporting. NCQA invited a wide range of NLP vendors from across the country to apply for the NLP Working Group. The Astrata team is excite to participate in the Working Group and to help NCQA to develop a program for evaluating this technology and it’s use in HEDIS measurement.