ICYMI: Notes from the field for May 2019

At DataGen, the month of May has been all about prepping for Model Year 3 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced program. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the healthcare industry is taking a breath. Here’s what caught our eyes in the news in May. Where was your attention focused on last […]

ICYMI: Notes from the field for April 2019

Looking back at recent news, we’re seeing a lot of interesting tidbits — like the fact that value-based care may have finally reached its tipping point. In addition, the multiple recent announcements from CMS may be cause for optimism. What caught your attention in April?   Are we at the value-based tipping point? The transition […]

Mandatory Bundled Payment Models Are Back! 5 Things To Know

This guest blog is from Tamara Cull, Senior Vice President, Aveus. Aveus, a division of Medecision, sits at the intersection of strategy, customer experience, and innovation. Aveus specializes in helping complex organizations assess, implement and manage transformational business shifts.       My colleague, Kate Poglitsch at DataGen, posed a big question in her most […]

The Return of Mandatory Bundles: Good News?

We at DataGen were excited to hear last week’s news about the new mandatory oncology bundle that will focus on cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment. Though we’re waiting on CMS to release more information about its rulemaking, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) 2017 report to Congress contains some telling information that helps […]

How to Use Benchmarks in BPCI and CJR

The use of benchmark cost comparisons is common throughout healthcare. Benchmarks are used for comparisons of internal hospital costs across hospitals, for utilization rates in Accountable Care Organizations, and in many other places. The concept of the benchmark is that the hospitals whose costs or utilization are close to or below the benchmark will experience […]

Who Should Own Bundled Payment Episodes?

With the announcement of the next generation of Medicare bundled payment programs (“BPCI Advanced”) expected at any time, many different organizations are offering opinions about how this program will be structured and which types of providers should participate in which type of episodes. A frequent topic in this conversation is the “ownership” of the episodes; […]