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Voluntary Today, Mandatory Tomorrow: The Value of Early Bundled Payment Participation

By: Darcie Hurteau

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Healthcare organizations face a daunting challenge when it comes to managing alternative payment models (APMs). They must become better at care management to reduce utilization and costs. Success requires commitment, but affords the opportunity for healthcare organizations to implement real delivery system reform.

That’s why bundled payment programs are so promising for healthcare organizations. Of all payment models, they have had the biggest impact on delivery reform. Smart organizations are learning that early participation—preferably when these programs are still voluntary—can give them a critical head start that will continue to reap benefits over the long term. Experience has shown that most voluntary CMS payment programs become mandatory, so organizations that wait to participate risk falling behind.

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