Bundled Payment Pilot

CMS Bundled Payment Program Looks Attractive to Hospitals

CMS has released a fact sheet describing the “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement” initiative. This program, which was part of the PPACA health reform law, allows hospitals, physicians and other providers to be paid a prospectively-determined rate for a specific episode of care, and then to share any savings that accrue through cooperative efforts to reduce costs.

The "Other" Medicare Pilot Program

Everyone involved in healthcare knows about ACOs.  Every healthcare publication contains at least one article about them.  Every seminar has a session describing them.  They're on every consultant's lips.  Google "ACO" and you'll find dozens of references to them (along with "ant colony optimization" and the American Cornhole Organization, which presumably have nothing to do with health reform). 

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