Getting Bundled Payments Right in Health Care

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in July of this year have proposed a bundled payments program for knee and hip replacements in major metropolitan areas called Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacements. Lessons from the Hoag Orthopedic Institute and Rothman Institute reveal three essential factors in achieving bundling success: "excellent data on outcomes and costs, proactive management of the patient, and alignment between physicians and hospitals."