Few healthcare topics are generating as much conversation – or consternation – as ACOs and Bundled Payment Programs. By January 1, 2014, over $55 billion of Medicare spending will be running through these programs, with that number likely to double in the subsequent 12 months. There is no precedent in US health care history for such a seismic change in government payment policies. These payment models shift incentives from a system that rewards more volume (fee-for-service) to one that rewards value (outcomes).
Changing how healthcare is delivered and paid for in the U.S. will not be easy and has sparked plenty of debate. All key stakeholders – providers, health systems, payors, technology providers, manufacturers, investors and government – have a stake in the outcome. To address the issues, challenges, and opportunities the models present, we are bringing together leaders in the field with real-world experience. These are the players who are literally on the frontlines as this new model takes shape.