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CMS Embraces Innovation and Competition

Steve Wiggins with Nick Bluhm and Ryan Pardo

September 20, 2017

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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Remedy in the News

Remedy continues to be a strong advocate for the BPCI program and using bundled payment models as a path to healthcare transformation.>

CMS proposes changes to CJR: 6 key thoughts on what this means for orthopedic bundled payments
Becker's Spine Review | August 18, 2017

Is HHS’ Proposal to Scale Back Mandatory Bundled Payments a Step Back from Value-Based Care? Many Healthcare Experts Say No
Healthcare Informatics | August 18, 2017

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Chris Garcia Named CEO of Remedy Partners

Remedy Partners, the nation’s leading bundled payment company, has named Chris Garcia its chief executive officer, effective July 12, 2017. Remedy is well-positioned for accelerated growth as the healthcare industry continues to adopt bundled payments as a core value-based payment strategy.

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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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Bundled Payments, Palliative, Palliative Care,

Bundled Payments and the Practice of Palliative Care

Palliative care improves quality of life by relieving symptoms, providing psycho-social support, and by lowering costs by eliminating unwanted inventions, such as hospital readmissions.1,2 Because bundled payments approach episodes of care with the patient’s goals at the center of all care planning, bundled payments can help make palliative care available to patients by offering incentives that help avoid expensive care that may be at odds with the patient’s wishes. Further, effective January 2016, CMS reimburses physicians for “advance care planning” activities that support palliative care as part of the updated Physician Fee Schedule under two new CPT codes.

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BPCI, Palliative Care,

Access to Good Palliative Care: The Time is Now

In its 2014 report, Dying in America, the Institute of Medicine identified several areas for improvement in the care of those with life-limiting illness, including inadequate advance care planning and a lack of payment systems supporting high quality end of life care. Since then, we can point to two notable achievements in support the IOM report’s call for improvement: the proliferation of bundled payment programs and two E&M codes for advance care planning. I believe these developments will make it possible for more patients with serious illness to receive palliative care, as for the first time incentives are aligned between patients’ desires and how care is paid for.

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The period of time between the admission date and the discharge date of an episode-initiating hospital stay for a patient.


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