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Global Payments Change Spending & Quality

In an effort to slow the growth of health care spending, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts, an early reform state, entered into alternative quality contracts (AQC) with providers. AQCs are two-sided contracts that share savings if [...]

January 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Bundled payment experiment fails

As stakeholders implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), innovative payment models are developing faster than practical applications. Bundled payments, defined as “a fixed payment that covers the average cost of a bundle of services” are the [...]

October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

2012 Year in Review (Part 4 of 4)

Health Care Costs Healthcare a luxury… in the United States??!! Yes. To a small portion of the population (e.g. unionized workers, CEOs) this is a reality. Whether it is the lack of co-pays or deductibles that encourage overuse of medical [...]

December 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

Payment bundles improve surgical efficiency

A project to improve the utilization and efficiency of orthopedic surgery in the public hospital system of New Zealand suggests that bundled payments can be effective. Translating these results to America remain challenging. New Zealand’s tax [...]

October 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

A Policy Prescription for 2012

Two years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, opponents and proponents are destined to collide in the Supreme Court. The controversy surrounding health reform, if not decisively determined by the Court, will certainly impact the upcoming [...]

January 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

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