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No Bones About It, Bundled Payments Reduce Costs: Study Shows 20% Cost Reduction

By Duncan Sibson, Vice President, Orthopaedics and Nick Bluhm, Director, Strategy & Government Policy

A significant study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine at the beginning of the year demonstrates how a health system effectively reduced episodic expenditures through bundled payments by 20 percent. Notwithstanding the rising national costs of joint replacements, Baptist Health System (BHS) saved $20 million over seven years with bundled payments.

The study, from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, combines hospital and Medicare data to evaluate the costs and care quality for nearly 4,000 hip and knee replacement episodes from July 2008 to June 2015. The five-hospital Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas saved more than $5,000 per episode, or $20 million in total savings. BHS also improved outcomes during the study by reducing readmissions, emergency department visits, and inpatient prolonged lengths of stay.

Remedy Partners has achieved similar results in a shorter period of time with engaged, aligned, and motivated provider partners across the country. Our experience has shown that hospitals and physician group practices can replicate this success by developing local, focused networks of cooperating providers and committing to optimized workflows.

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The Health Care Transformation Task Force Urges Support for Value-Based Care

The Health Care Transformation Task Force issued a strong letter to President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Pence, and Congressional leadership supporting the continuation of public and private efforts to replace fee-for-service payments for healthcare services with value-based alternatives. Remedy Partners is one of the Task Force’s 43 member organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) which include six of the nation’s top 15 health systems and four of the top 25 health insurers, as well as leading national organizations representing employers, patients and their families, and the policy community.

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Episode Connect

Remedy Partners has developed a complete operating system for managing bundled payment programs. Episode Connect is the only enterprise software for BPCI program administration. 

We like to think of it as the connective tissue between administrators, nurses, physicians, case managers, patients and families.

This premier tool for enabling a quality value-based care program is delivered via web and mobile devices for your convenience. Episode Connect provides portals for patients, providers and administrators.

Actionable Intelligence. Decision Support. Only From Remedy

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BPCI, Post-Acute

Dr. Win Whitcomb Shares Advice on How Clinicians can Enable Home Recovery in NEJM Catalyst

One of the most important changes spurred by the practice of value-based care is how physicians may adjust the way they practice. Much of the opportunity to improve value lies in removing needless spending during the period following a hospitalization. For patients, this means spending more time recovering at home and less time in facilities. So what do doctors need to do differently to enable a home recovery?

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Post-Acute, Bundled Payments, DRG

Thinking Outside the DRG

Hospital-based specialists, generalists (e.g., hospitalists), and surgeons participating in bundled payment programs have tremendous influence over the quality and costs of patient care inside the four walls of the hospital. While many interventions also have effects after discharge, others have more limited post-acute impact. All things being equal, physicians should focus their in-hospital efforts on practices that have a positive effect on patients after they leave the hospital. For example, holding goals of care conversations, early mobilization, prompt discontinuation of urinary and central venous catheters, and asking discharge planners "Why not home?" are but a few of many practices that may improve healthcare value during the post-acute period. In the linked article, I describe how practices that represent 'thinking outside the DRG', or outside the inpatient stay, may improve patient care during recovery from a hospitalization.

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BPCI, National Innovation Collaborative, ACA

Remedy Partners and the Transitional Care Institute Host National Innovation Collaborative

Remedy recently hosted our 2016 National Innovation Collaborative, the fifth and largest event in the company’s history. The conference, which was held on November 14 -15 in Philadelphia, brought together 337 healthcare professionals from across the nation, representing more than 70 different acute care hospitals, PGPs, SNFs, HHAs, and more for a multi-day celebration of the successes and challenges of bundled payments.

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BPCI, Bundled Payments, ACA, Politics

The Health Care Transformation Task Force Urges Support for Value-Based Care

The Health Care Transformation Task Force issued a strong letter to President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Pence, and Congressional leadership supporting the continuation of public and private efforts to replace fee-for-service payments for healthcare services with value-based alternatives. Remedy Partners is one of the Task Force’s 43 member organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) which include six of the nation’s top 15 health systems and four of the top 25 health insurers, as well as leading national organizations representing employers, patients and their families, and the policy community.

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BPCI, National Innovation Collaborative, ACA

Remedy Hosts Large Gathering of Bundled Payment Influencers and Operators

2016 National Innovation Collaborative

‘Redesigning Episodes of Care’ was the theme at Remedy’s fifth National Innovation Collaborative, which took place on November 14 and 15 in Philadelphia. Our largest yet, the 2016 Collaborative brought together more than 350 healthcare professionals representing 70+ organizations from across the nation.

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Bundled Payments

Zeke Emanuel Shares 12 Transformational Practices and Thoughts on Success in Bundled Payments

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School and former Obama administration healthcare advisor, shared his thoughts on healthcare transformation and how to succeed in a bundled payment world in his keynote address at the Remedy Partners National Innovation Collaborative held in Philadelphia, November 14-15, 2016. More than 300 physicians, clinicians, and executives representing 77 organizations involved in value-based care attended the invitation-only event.


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Remedy in Action:  PAN Reps impact Length of Stay

The Lewin Report identifies several interventions that contribute to success in the BPCI program, including Field Operations Staff, Post Acute Networks, and Preferred Provider Lists, and Technology to facilitate identification of and tracking of BPCI eligible patients. Remedy’s robust, professional field operations staff such as Post-Acute Network Representatives (PAN Reps) help providers achieve meaningful results, driven in large part by decreased length of stay.

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Post-Acute

Fierce Healthcare Highlights Dr. Win Whitcomb’s CAPG Panel on Post-Acute Care

Industry publication Fierce Healthcare shared Dr. Win Whitcomb’s strategies for post-acute care in an article published on October 3, 2016 that recapped Dr. Whitcomb’s panel at the CAPG Colloquium 2016.

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Post-Acute

Remedy Partners Chief Medical Officer Discusses Post-Acute Care at CAPG Colloquium

Dr. Win Whitcomb, Remedy Partners Chief Medical Officer, was featured on a panel at the CAPG Colloquium 2016 held from September 29 through 30 in Washington, DC. CAPG is the leading U.S. trade association for and the voice of accountable physician organizations.

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Remedy Partners, Carolyn Magill

Carolyn Magill Speaks at Health 2.0 Conference

Remedy Partners CEO Carolyn Magill was a featured speaker at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California on September 26, 2016. More than 2,000 digital health decision makers attended to hear about the latest trends shaping the healthcare industry.

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