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Remedy Partners Prepares Providers for CMS’s New BPCI Advanced Program

January 12, 2017

Deadline to participate in Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced program is March 12, 2018

DARIEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) program, and Remedy Partners is now preparing providers as the March 12, 2018 deadline approaches. Remedy Partners is the nation’s leading bundled payment company and largest Awardee Convener in the existing BPCI program.

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Remedy Partners Announces that One Hundred Percent of its Hospital Partners Achieve Positive Net Payment Reconciliation Amount (NPRA) in Bundled Payment Initiative

Medicare’s voluntary BPCI program’s financial results reveal positive NPRA for 100 percent of Remedy Partners’ engaged hospitals and 81 percent of its partner clients

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Remedy Partners

Remedy Partners Appoints Value-Based Healthcare Expert, Chip Howard, as Senior Vice President of Partner Services

Accomplished healthcare leader brings valuable experience to Remedy Partners, furthering success for its partners under voluntary bundled payment arrangements

DARIEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Remedy Partners, the nation’s leading bundled payment company, has hired Chip Howard as Senior Vice President, Partner Services. Howard brings with him 18 years of experience with leading payer organizations and is a key addition to the Remedy Partners leadership team.

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Readmission Rates, SNF

Quicker Return to Home, No Increase in Readmissions

The Remedy Partners Way: Networks, People, and Episode Tools Help Patients Recover at Home, Avoid Rehospitalization

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SNF, Hospice

Broken Hips and Fragmented Care

We Must Do More to Help Our Most Vulnerable Seniors Recover With Dignity and Compassion

In my 30 years as a physical therapist, I have often been asked to review cases on behalf of my fellow practitioners. One recent case in particular tugged at my heartstrings because it exemplifies the damage that can be done when we fail to put patients at the center of care, and instead treat to payment incentives. This patient, whom I’ll call “Edna,” had been discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) after a hip replacement to repair her fractured hip. Edna had exhausted the 100 days of skilled therapy covered under Medicare Part A. As she transitioned to hospice care on day 102, the orthopedic surgeon wanted to know what had gone wrong.

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BPCI, Bundled Payments, NPRA

Remedy Partners Announces that One Hundred Percent of its Hospital Partners Achieve Positive Net Payment Reconciliation Amount (NPRA) in Bundled Payment Initiative

Medicare’s voluntary BPCI program’s financial results reveal positive NPRA for 100 percent of Remedy Partners’ engaged hospitals and 81 percent of its partner clients

DARIEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Remedy Partners, the nation’s leading bundled payment company, shared the latest financial results achieved by its partners, revealing that 100 percent of the company’s hospital partners participating in Medicare’s voluntary bundled payment model exceeded the financial targets set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These results demonstrate the positive impact that care redesign and coordination are having on the outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries included in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) program.

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Bundled Payments

How ‘Home-to-Home Time’ Supports the Goals of Bundled Payments

Addressing the tendency of fee-for-service to promote more spending requires changing the metrics that motivate clinician behavior away from volume as a primary focus. The DRG system, an early example of bundled payment, represents an attempt to solve the problem by paying hospitals a set amount for each hospitalization. DRG-based reimbursement incentivizes hospitals to keep costs down by eliminating unnecessary services and by shortening length of stay (LOS). Indeed, in the 30 years following the introduction of the DRG system, average hospital LOS nearly halved, dropping from 10.0 days in 1983 to 5.1 days in 20131,2.

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CMS Embraces Innovation  and Competition

Today, Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, published a Request for Information seeking feedback on how to lead CMS’s Innovation Center in a new direction.  Her statements reflect a belief in competition, consumer empowerment and a willingness to use waivers to enable meaningful innovation.

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CJR, Bundled Payments, CMS, ACA, Mandatory Bundles,, cms delays

Medicare Underscores Its Focus on Voluntary Bundled Payment Models

According to a Proposed Rule released on August 10, Medicare's next iteration of voluntary bundled payments will be an Advanced APM in 2018, opening the door for robust participation. The Proposed Rule, if implemented in January 2018, would cancel the Mandatory Cardiac Episode Payment Models and make participation voluntary in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model for half of selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and for low-volume and rural hospitals.

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Readmission, BPCI, Value Based Care, Readmmission Rates, machine learning

Remedy Adds a New Readmission Risk Predictor to Episode Connect

Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions has been a focus of value-based care. The New England Journal of Medicine found that from 2007 to 2015, risk-adjusted rates of readmission for targeted conditions declined from 21.5% to 17.8%. Given that readmission are stressful for patients and adds significant cost to the healthcare system, providers have been looking for tools that identify when to intervene to attempt to prevent an unnecessary readmission.

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Palliative, Palliative Care,, Hospice, Webinar

Value-Based Care Near the End of Life: A Webinar on Hospice and Palliative Care

Mary Dittrich, Senior Medical Director of Remedy Partners, and Joe Shega, Senior Vice President and National Medical Director of VITAS Healthcare, presented a webinar on July 20 on value-based care near the end of life. In it, they highlighted how palliative care and hospice services improve outcomes and positively impact cost, and they presented practical strategies that providers can use to deliver hospice and palliative care effectively.

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Using Bundled Payment to Drive Competitive Strategy

Evidence of bundled payment success is growing. Information released by Medicare’s largest group of participants shows growing rates of cost reduction/savings. Savings to Medicare in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement initiative (BPCI) already dwarf the level of savings in Medicare’s ACO programs. Encouragingly, these savings are being achieved for both procedural and medical episodes.

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