Continuing our discussion from Part Two of physician/hospital alignment issues in general, and the reemergence of bundled payment initiatives specifically, an important new pilot will soon take place in California.
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Cardiovascular Physician-Hospital Alignment
Continuing the discussion from Part One of physician/hospital alignment and the reemergence of bundled payment initiatives, let’s discuss the impact of health care reform in the area of bundled payment for care. A national pilot program on payment bundling is included in H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. This pilot program is set to commence in 2012 (no later than January 1, 2013) and run for five years.
The future of physician-owned or joint-ventured heart hospitals would seem to be dead. What officially killed it is H.R. 3950, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, which declares that, unless they have a provider agreement in place prior to December 31, 2010, physician-owned hospitals (of any type) are excluded from Medicare participation.
When was the last time you came across a simple and straightforward change in clinical technique that typically results in better clinical outcomes, fewer complications, higher patient satisfaction, and lower cost per procedure?