What to know about Medicare’s big bundled-payment expansion

August 25, 2016 |

“A new mandatory program the CMS proposed Monday would make hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for the cost and quality of all care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks.

“We think it’s important to keep pushing forward on delivery system reform,” Dr. Patrick Conway, acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer for the CMS, told reporters in a call. “We think this is a huge opportunity.”

In 2014, hospitalizations for heart attacks for more than 200,000 beneficiaries cost Medicare over $6 billion, the CMS said. Yet for every treatment, the cost could vary by as much as 50%, the agency said…”

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