New CMS Pilot Intends to Test Viability of a Universal Bundled-Payment Model for Inpatient Care

Nearly 500 healthcare organizations nationwide to participate in payment bundling for 48 Conditions Medicare’s largest bundled reimbursement project to date is now launching. Clinical laboratory executives and pathologists are watching for clues as to how these bundled payment arrangements will compensate the clinical laboratory testing done on behalf of patients whose care is covered by this latest Medicare initiative. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will commence...

AMA Survey Reveals That Physician Interest Lags In ACO Participation

Many physicians say they lack specific details about the care model and how it will reimburse providers In its own news service, the American Medical Association (AMA) reports lagging interest by physicians when they are asked about their participation in accountable care organizations (ACO). This survey of AMA members was conducted last fall. According to an article at amednews.com (AMN), this survey found that—although many physicians are familiar with the concept—a significant number of...
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