The CMS has announced sites for a new hospital-based demonstration project that will test the use of a bundled payment for both hospital and physician services for a select set of inpatient episodes of care.
Bundling payments refers to a method in which payments for episodes of care are shared by both the hospital and the doctors involved in delivering the care. The demonstration will be implemented early this year, according to the agency.
Providers selected to participate in the demonstration project include: 1,189-bed Baptist Health System in San Antonio; 78-bed Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City; 436-bed Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver; 418-bed Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.; and four-hospital Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque.
Too often, there are missed opportunities to coordinate care, which can adversely impact Medicare beneficiaries health. This important demonstration brings hospitals, physicians and patients together in an innovative cooperative effort to improve the quality of care, acting CMS Administrator Kerry Weems said in a written statement.
Last year, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended that HHS test approaches such as bundling to get hospitals and physicians to improve their accountability for quality of care. There are 28 cardiac and nine orthopedic inpatient surgical services and procedures included in the bundled payment demonstration. -- by Jennifer Lubell