ECRs are the only open source episode definitions that can be used for multiple purposes, including bundled payment and ACO payment programs, reference-pricing initiatives, and for cost and quality analysis of providers. Because of their versatility, various groups can use ECRs for diverse purposes including employers, health plans and providers.
To access the summary description and metadata files, see the ECR Definitions page.
For more information on the multiple uses of ECR definitions, see the following resources:
HCI3 Learning Center Course 202: Using Episodes of Care for Informed Decision Making
HCI3 Learning Center Course 205: Reporting on Provider Price and Quality: What do Consumers Need?
What are Evidence-informed Case Rates (ECRs)?
What is Prometheus Payment?
Evidence-Informed Case Rates: A New Health Care Payment Model
The Prometheus Payment Model
HCI3’s Measures to Improve Quality and Outcome of Care for Patients Endorsed by NQF