One of the major hallmarks of the ACG System is the fact that many components can be adapted and customized by its users. One element that can be customized is the suite of predictive models, both the models that are used to predict risk of hospitalization and those associated with risk of a person being high cost in the coming year.
NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW) in the UK worked with the ACG team to recalibrate a range of the predictive models. This was a repeat of similar exercises in 2013 and 2016 and was done on behalf of all ACG System users in the UK National Health Service (NHS). The objective of the exercise was to ensure the predictive models were working at their optimum based on how activity is costed, how care is delivered and data recording practices within the NHS.
Principal analyst Chris Morris, who worked on the most recent recalibration, noted, “The great thing about the ACG System is that – unlike other predictive models used in the UK – it can predict the likely total costs associated with a patient in the coming year in addition to the probability/risk of adverse events such as an emergency admission. We’re really pleased with the results of this recalibration and it was great to work with the ACG experts, who really understand our requirements.”
Ultimately, SCW’s most recent recalibration showcases the ACG System’s ability to adapt to each customer’s differing needs. Each health care system around the world is slightly different and this ability to customize the predictive models based on the coding system used or how health care is delivered is one of the features that has led to the ACG System’s use in more than 20 countries around the world.
Want to learn more about how SCW’s recalibration works? Read more here.
This project at SCW is just one example of the ACG System team at work internationally. Learn more about the work they are doing here.