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Bundled payments effective for hip, knee surgery: Next steps

Recently, talk of bundled payments for certain procedures and episodes of care has taken a back seat to other healthcare news. But they’re still on the feds’ minds, and the results of recent research may push them to the forefront again. 

Big changes to bundled payments: What to expect next

The feds have changed their strategy for the implementation of bundled payments, giving facilities much more leeway in participating. While some hospitals may be breathing a sigh of relief, rest assured – they aren’t going away entirely. Neither is the growing shift toward value-based care. 

ACA replacement, bundled payments delayed

The healthcare climate became even more unstable for hospitals recently with two big announcements from the feds: Republicans have withdrawn their first attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the widespread adoption of bundled payments. 

Smoking cessation may boost outcomes after joint replacement surgery

Smokers often have poor outcomes after procedures in hospitals. Since facilities are being judged based on patient outcomes, avoiding complications is critical. New research suggests that helping these patients quit smoking may have a positive impact on their recovery from various procedures – specifically hip and knee replacements. 

Bundled payments lowered costs for one health system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been reimbursing hundreds of hospitals for joint replacement under a bundled payment model since last year. More evidence is being released concerning just how beneficial bundled payments can be for reducing healthcare costs. 

Bundled payments may be coming for maternity care

Bundled payments are being considered for many different episodes of care with hospitals. The most notable bundled payment model is the joint replacement model created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). But other models are generating interest as well – including a potential bundled payment model for maternity care. 

Bundled payments: Impact on hospitals, employers & patients

Bundled payments are becoming not just the choice for payors, but for employers and the general public as well. A new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) shows just how essential it is for hospitals to get on board with this growing reimbursement trend. 

New payment model for nursing care may benefit hospitals

A new Medicare initiative may make it easier for hospitals to avoid unnecessary admissions for patients from long-term care facilities. And it could also make the road ahead smoother for bundled payments. 

Bundled payments: How they’re doing & how to prepare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon require many hospitals to receive bundled payments for total joint replacement surgery. New data from its pilot program shows why this trend will likely continue and expand to other procedures. 

Details announced on CMS bundled payments for joint replacement

It’s official: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a date for when bundled payments will begin for hip and knee replacements. The agency’s also released the new structure it’ll use for reimbursement – and there are quite a few changes from its initial proposal.