Blair Childs, Senior Vice President, Premier Healthcare Alliance: Premier: Improving Quality While Safely Reducing Costs
Eric Berger, President and CEO, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare: Improving Clinical Outcomes and Program Efficiency in a Pro-Patient Manner
Topher Spiro, Vice President of Health Policy, Center for American Progress: Medicare’s Acute Care Episode Program
Health care experts have concluded that every year billions of dollars are wasted and enormous patient harm can occur due to a lack of coordination among providers during and after a hospitalization. Today, Medicare is testing approaches that replace traditional fee-for-service payments with bundled payments that incentivize hospitals and post-acute providers to work together. In fact, we already know from previous Medicare demonstrations that episodic bundling does improve quality and drive down costs.
Is it time to move forward more aggressively with bundled payment in Medicare? The speakers at this event believe it is, and each has proposed dramatic expansions of this innovative approach to payment reform.