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Bundled Payments

Oncology Care Model Overcomes Specialty Bundled Payment Hurdles

June 16, 2017 - Episode-based payment models aim to shift financial accountability to providers for furnishing services for specific conditions or procedures. But develop specialty bundled payment models that target clinical areas, such as oncology, have proven to be a challenge to design. To overcome specialty bundled payment obstacles, CMS developed the Oncology Care Model (OCM). Under the OCM, physician...


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Patient Engagement Critical to Bundled Payment Model Success

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Under bundled payment models, healthcare providers take on the clinical and financial risk payers traditionally managed. But providers at OrthoCarolina found that patients also play a major role in improving care quality and decreasing healthcare...

Incorporating Population Health in Next Gen of Bundled Payments

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The next generation of bundled payments should focus on population health management, researchers recently argued in a Journal of the American Medical Association report. Bundled payment models can align with population health management by extending...

Medicare Cardiac, Ortho Bundled Payments Delayed Until 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently delayed the launch date of three mandatory Medicare cardiac and orthopedic bundled payment models and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment program from May 20, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2018. The final ruling from the federal agency...

Bundled Payments, Clinical Pathways Drive Cancer Care Savings

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Early adopters of value-based reimbursement models for oncology realized significant cancer care savings through bundled payments and clinical pathways, a recent Evidence-Based Oncology study revealed. But the financial incentives for the models...

NAACOS: Mandatory Bundled Payments Impede ACO Financial Success

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) recently urged CMS to indefinitely suspend upcoming mandatory Medicare bundled payment models until the federal agency resolves financial conflicts between the episodic arrangements and accountable care...

AHA Backs Cardiac, Ortho Bundled Payments Delay Until 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently supported a CMS proposal to further delay Medicare bundled payments for cardiac and orthopedic care episodes to Jan. 2018. The Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models postponement...

Keep Medicare Bundled Payment Models Mandatory, Experts Say

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Switching Medicare bundled payment models that are currently mandatory in select regions to voluntary across the country would impede value-based reimbursement progress through episodic payment, industry experts warned the Trump administration...

Bundled Payment Models Here to Stay Despite CMS Program Delays

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS may have issued three-month delays for several new healthcare bundled payment models, but providers should still anticipate the shift to value-based purchasing through the episodic alternative payment model, said Colin Luke, a partner at...

CMS Delays Rollout of Cardiac, Ortho Bundled Payment Programs

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is pushing back the start date for a number of its bundled payment programs in an effort to provide additional time to review and prepare for the initiatives. In a notice posted in the Federal Register, CMS has issued three-month delays for...

Premier: Bundled Payment Models Should be Voluntary Nationwide

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Premier Healthcare Alliance recently offered CMS several recommendations for bundled payment model development, including making programs voluntary for providers across the nation. CMS has implemented several mandatory bundled payment models...

AMGA Voices Concerns Over Cardiac Care Bundled Payments Model

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the comment period on a proposed cardiac care bundled payments model closing earlier this week, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) penned a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt critiquing the mandatory Medicare demonstration....

CMS: Bundled Payments Model Will Decrease Medicare Spending

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative has the potential to significantly reduce Medicare spending on 11 of 15 clinical episode groups that were analyzed in the program’s second annual evaluation report. In an official CMS...

How to Address Challenges of Alternative Payment Models

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based care, more providers are choosing alternative payment models to facilitate the transition. CAPG, a trade association of accountable physician organizations, has published a guide of alternative...

Survey: Value-Based Reimbursement to Eclipse FFS by 2020

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As federal agencies and commercial payers push to eliminate fee-for-service payment models, value-based reimbursement structures have been on the top of most healthcare provider and payer agendas. The majority of healthcare providers and payers...

CMS Extends Deadline for Bundled Payment Models Participation

by Vera Gruessner

The federal government especially the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have long focused on reducing healthcare spending and implementing alternative payment models such as pay-for-performance initiatives. Bundled payment models,...

Bundled Payments Program Extended to Improve Value-Based Care

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that some healthcare organizations can extend their participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, a program that aims to increase value-based...

What Does the Rise of Bundled Payments Mean For Providers?

by Dr. Richard Wheeler, CMO of Verisk Health

One of the attributes of a sustainable value-based healthcare delivery system is payment based on the value of services delivered, instead of the volume-based fee-for-service model. Bundled payments have been explored for several years as an...

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