Medicare about 18 months ago started testing bundled payments under its Acute Care Episode Demonstration Program (ACE) with five organizations, but wants 200 to 300 sites ready for a large-scale pilot program launching in January 2013. Whether the pressure is coming from Medicare or other insurers, "bundling is coming at us at breakneck speed," says Robert Minkin, senior vice president at The Camden Group, a health care management consultancy.
Presenting at Health Data Management's Web seminar, "Healthcare Bundled Payments: The Good, Bad and Ugly," on June 28, Minkin walked attendees through the complexities of the emerging payment system to pay one sum for an episode of inpatient treatment, split among the treating providers for all services related to the inpatient stay.
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