ICD-10 and Bundling – Study Raises Questions About Bundling To Pay Doctors

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ICD-10 and Bundling – Study Raises Questions About Bundling To Pay Doctors

ICD-10 will drive initiatives such as bundling

as a component of health care payment reform. Therefore reimbursement, and case management and other areas must be viewed in a broader landscape. HIPAA mandates and health care reform impact one another.

In the Wall Street Journal’s “Study Raises Questions About ‘Bundling’ To Pay Doctors” notes,  There is “… concern that paying fees to medical providers for each service may lead to unnecessary care. But there’s no easy way to replace the massively complicated fee-for-service system. One of the suggestions for new-style payment is ‘bundling’…,”  Fee-for-service payment is blamed for many of the problems observed in the US health care system.

Bundling payment for services that patients receive across a single episode of care, such as heart bypass surgery or a hip replacement, is one way to encourage doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work together to better coordinate care for patients both when they are in the hospital and after they are discharged. Such initiatives can help improve health, improve the quality of care, and lower costs.”

ICD-10 will re-define medical concepts, DRG reimbursement, case management and other areas that must be factored into the bundling equation.

ICD-10 is not one of the factors mentioned in the article, however adoption of bundling and the transition to ICD-10 will be co-mingled.  No benefit will come from bundling, we predict, until after ICD-10 is implemented.  ICD-10 transitions, the ICD-10 vendor assessment, and the ICD-10 assessment should factor bundling payments in for health care providers.

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Michael is Managing Partner & CEO of No World Borders, a leading health care management and IT consulting firm. He leads a team that provides Cybersecurity best practices for healthcare clients, ICD-10 Consulting, Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records. He advises legal teams as an expert witness in HIPAA Privacy and Security, medical coding and billing and usual and customary cost of care, the Affordable Care Act and benefits enrollment, white collar crime, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark Law, Insurance Fraud, payor-provider disputes, and consults to venture capital and private equity firms on mHealth, Cloud Computing in Healthcare, and Software as a Service. He advises self-insured employers on cost of care and regulations. Arrigo was recently retained by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding a significant false claims act investigation. He has provided opinions on over $1 billion in health care claims and due diligence on over $4 billion in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Education: UC Irvine - Economics and Computer Science, University of Southern California - Business, Stanford Medical School - Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Law School - Bioethics.
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