When Secretary Price said "people have coverage, but they don't have care," he underscored his commitment to one of the core values of bundled payments: patient-centered care. Dr. Price believes that “patients and doctors should be in control of healthcare”; which is why he does not support mandatory pilot programs.” He understands that providers need flexibility, not dictations, to accommodate the needs of their patients.
HealthEdge And Remedy Partners Launch Bundled Payments Initiative
Offering Enables Health Plans, TPAs, Self-Funded Plans and State Medicaid Plans to Administer Episode of Care Benefit Plan Designs
BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HealthEdge®, provider of the only integrated financial, administrative and clinical platform for health insurers, and Remedy Partners, the nation’s leading bundled payment company, today announced a collaboration to deliver a transformational platform to the market, capable of administering an entirely new category of health insurance benefit plan based on episodes of care and bundled payments.
This innovative offering provides a turnkey opportunity for payers, large self-funded employers and third party administrators to underwrite, sell, and/or administer episodes of care-based commercial products. The platform may be offered as a part of a comprehensive business process outsourcing (BPO) package or as a standalone platform for customers to independently manage the administration of episode of care plans.
“Bundled payments and episodes of care are part of the new reality of value-based reimbursements today,” said Steve Krupa, CEO of HealthEdge. “They will become even more important in the future and we are pleased to partner with the leader in the field, Remedy Partners, on this innovative offering.”
Remedy in the NewsRemedy Partners continues to be a strong advocate for the BPCI program and using bundled payment models as a path to healthcare transformation.
HealthEdge And Remedy Partners Launch Bundled Payments Initiative
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Skilled Nursing ‘Under Siege,’ Quarter of Beds to Disappear by 2022
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Put Bundles in the Toolkit: Highlights from The Seventh National Bundled Payment Summit
Bundled payments are the missing element from many organizations' toolkit for driving quality and efficiency. That was the theme emerging from the discussions taking place at the 2017 National Bundled Payment Summit which took place in Washington D.C. on June 26-28th.
The Medicare program delayed again its mandatory bundled payment models. This announcement, however, does not change CMS's commitment to the Bundled Payments Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative and its successor model in 2018. Specifically, CMS delayed by three months the effective dates of both the mandatory cardiac EPM programs and the expansion of the CJR model. CMS requests comment on delaying until January 2018 these effective dates.
Managing Episodic Length of Stay (ELOS) in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is an important strategy to reduce unnecessary costs and improve outcomes during a patient’s episode of care. It is well established that SNF length of stay varies widely between geographic regions and by payer type (fee for service vs. managed Medicare, for example). This variability is perpetuated by a lack of accessible, standardized information about expectations, performance, and outcomes. The SNF Episodic Length of Stay (ELOS) Guidelines seek to address this issue by offering clinical recommendations and data-driven targets for managing SNF length of stay at the bundle level.
What a whirlwind trip to D.C.! Remedy’s Chairman Steve Wiggins and I visited the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services yesterday to share Remedy's experience in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement initiative. We joined the CMS leaders of the BPCI initiative, who shared similar observations about the path to bundled payment success.
As the nation focuses on the future of healthcare policy, Remedy has been advocating for the robust use of the bundled payment model as a means to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
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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.
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?
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.
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.