Rapid adoption of bundled payments remains an act of faith

September 22, 2016

Rapid adoption of bundled payments remains an act of faith

Modern Healthcare

Bundled payments, by some estimates, are taking off more quickly than any other value-based payment scheme.

But a dearth of data obscures the model's actual effect on the costs and quality of healthcare, a challenge underscored in the latest report on Medicare's voluntary Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. 

“It's hard to draw conclusions either way from this report,” said Dr. Chad Ellimoottil, IHPI member and assistant professor whose research focuses on alternative payment models, including bundled payments.

“The BPCI evaluation adds to the growing body of research that changing provider incentives away from a volume-driven model can produce modest savings without compromising quality of care,” said fellow IHPI member Mark Fendrick, a professor at the U-M and director of its Center for Value-based Insurance Design.