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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > A path to bundled payment around a hospitalization (B)

A path to bundled payment around a hospitalization (B)

June 13, 2008

To encourage providers to collaborate and better coordinate care, the Congress should direct the Secretary to reduce payments to hospitals with relatively high readmission rates for select conditions and also allow shared accountability between physicians and hospitals. The Congress should also direct the Secretary to report within two years on the feasibility of broader approaches, such as virtual bundling, for encouraging efficiency around hospitalization episodes.

Topics: Delivery system reforms, Hospital, Physicians and other health professionals, and Quality.