Bundled Payments Come to Cancer Care

Bundling is one of the new payment models being scrutinized as a way to get a handle on skyrocketing service line costs. Here’s how it works in oncology programs.

1 comments on "Bundled Payments Come to Cancer Care"
J. Kuriyan (3/11/2013 at 11:40 AM)

United is actually teaching a very valuable lesson to providers: Healthcare costs and reimbursements are "zero sum" transactions. For too long drug companies with the complicity of powerful provider trade organizations have perpetrated the contrary myth that drug costs are just 10% of total medical costs and urge mass usage of drugs like statins- even when benefits are minimal for most people. "Why take a chance? Insurance will pay," is their usual compelling argument. Kaiser has fought this valiantly for many years. For those providers who insist on using brand name drugs when generics are just as effective, Kaiser points out the success of outcome of the more cost conscious doctors - shaming the others into considering costs as well. Next, if United can persuade the feds to allow them to import expensive drugs from India for their Medicare enrollees, we will see a huge surge in United's Advantage and Part D programs!


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