Healthcare Trends in 2012: Eighth Annual Strategic Industry Forecast

While hospitals might find CMS’s pure Medicare bundled payments initiative too restrictive, it won’t prevent them from addressing their costs in a bundled payments fashion, predicts Steve Valentine president of The Camden Group. In advance of HIN’s eighth annual industry forecast, Valentine weighs in on the expected growth of bundled payments, a surprising new trend in case management, why the proposed ACO rule disappointed, and the industry segment where accountable care is thriving.

Steve Valentine was back to illuminate key trends and opportunities for healthcare in the coming year during a November 2, 2011 webinar, Healthcare Trends in 2012: A Strategic Industry Forecast.


Length: 7:28 minutes

Evaluating CMS’ Bundled Payment Initiative: Operational, Financial and Clinical Considerations

CMS learned a few things from its first foray into bundled payments, explains Jim Reilly, managing partner with TRG Health Care Solutions. Having worked with all five participants in the Acute Care Episode (ACE) pilot a few years back, Reilly is ideally positioned to identify the three key benefits of participation in the upcoming CMS bundled payment initiative. But in order for episodic payments, bundled pricing and other alternative payment methodologies to be implemented successfully a key organizational process must take place, Reilly notes.

Reilly examined the key distinctions between each of CMS’ four bundled payment models and the organizational criteria that is most effective in bundled payment programs during an October 19, 2011 webinar, Evaluating CMS’ Bundled Payment Initiative: Operational, Financial and Clinical Considerations.


Length: 6:04 minutes