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Seven years and still going strong

By François de Brantes on 12/18/20 8:00 AM

When the Medicare Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program was launched in 2013, it was the first national alternative payment model that put providers at financial risk (for any losses incurred on the patients they manage) from day one of the program. In 2018, BPCI was replaced by BPCI-Advanced. By then, it had grown substantially from its early roots to representing over $10 billion in at-risk contracts per year with providers in all but one state. And it’s still going strong today.

Topics: Episodes of Care
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Competing on value in Connecticut

By François de Brantes on 11/24/20 7:00 AM

For decades now, employers have been at the forefront of health care transformation, continuously pushing for greater price and quality transparency, demanding better value from the delivery system, and encouraging plan members to be better consumers. Despite their efforts, progress has been slow. Employers continue to see health care prices increase, crowding out other investments and stifling pay raises. Quality improvements have been modest and, in some cases (like maternity), have worsened. Pricing transparency remains elusive.

Topics: Episodes of Care Value-based care
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Episodes of Care: A better path to improved clinical and financial outcomes

By François de Brantes on 10/13/20 9:46 AM

Frustrated by continued health plan inflation and point solutions that keep piling up and sometimes fail to live up to their promise, employers are looking for more comprehensive approaches that deliver measurable value today—and tomorrow. 

Topics: Episodes of Care Value-based care Healthcare price transparency Healthcare delivery reform Accountable care models Bundled payments
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Proliance Surgeons partners with Regence and Signify to accelerate value-based care

By Signify Health Team on 8/27/20 11:58 AM

One of the country’s largest surgical practices is teaming up with Regence BlueShield and Signify Health to transform healthcare for providers, employers, individuals and families in Washington state.

Topics: Episodes of Care
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Making a difference for the mothers who make a difference every day

By François de Brantes on 5/9/20 3:22 PM

More than 6 million women will become pregnant this year, and, of those, more than 1 million will be facing the unknown as first-time mothers. A little over two years ago, one of those first-time mothers was Serena Williams. The story of her complications after delivery shed a light on what health care services and public health experts have known for well over a decade—that complications of delivery, including death, have been going up in the United States. What should be a time of rejoicing can quickly turn to tragedy.

Topics: Episodes of Care Maternity