Darcie Hurteau, senior director at Rensselaer, N.Y.-based healthcare data analytics and policy firm DataGen, offers insight into what participants can expect under BPCI Advanced as well as what the future holds for bundled payments.
Question: What should providers keep in mind after applying to BPCI Advanced?
Ms. Darcie Hurteau: The deadline for applying to BPCI Advanced is March 12. Practices that want to participate in BPCI Advanced should have completed some important first steps at this point:
• Evaluate your risks and opportunities.
• Assess the strategic buy-in from the rest of your organization’s stakeholders.
• Request your data from CMS (this doesn’t obligate you to participate).
• Submit multiple applications to keep your options open, depending on any scenarios you are considering as a convener or non-convener.
The decision to participate — for which episodes and under what type of organization — will be finalized with a participation agreement due in August 2018.
Q: What should providers look for in their data after they receive it from CMS?