Background: Policy makers are interested in aggregating fee-for-service reimbursement into episode-based bundle payments, hoping it will lead to greater efficiency in the provision of care. The focus of bundled payment initiatives has been upon surgical or discrete procedures. Relatively little is known about calculating and implementing episode-based payments for chronic conditions.
Objective: Compare the differences in two different episode-creation algorithms for two common chronic conditions: diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD). read more