The Ever-Stronger Case for Bundled Payments

Though it is still too early to tell where the Capitol Hill debates on the Affordable Care Act repeal and replace plan will lead us, one thing is certain: the future of our healthcare system depends on Americans being able to rely on cost-effective, high-quality care when and where they need it. No matter what else happens, we need value-based systems that are demonstrably both clinically and financially effective.

As a value-based system specifically designed to make the healthcare system accountable to patients, bundled payments belong at the forefront of the healthcare reform conversation. Still, as far as value-based care models go, bundled payments are far less understood and frequently overlooked. This is why wholehearted support for continued testing of the models is crucial.

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