Brief Payment Reform: Bundled Episodes vs. Global Payments
Robert A. Berenson, Francois de Brantes, Rachel A. Burton
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There is widespread agreement that the current fee-for-service approach to paying for health care is problematic, but there is a lack of consensus on what should replace it. Medicare is pursuing bundled episode payments, and proponents like Francois de Brantes of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute have been laying the groundwork for implementation. But other experts, such as the Urban Institute's Robert Berenson, worry that the current interest in bundled payments will distract policy-makers from moving more decisively away from fee-for-service. In this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded paper, de Brantes and Berenson debate the benefits and drawbacks of bundled payments and global capitation.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance Federal health care reform Health care delivery and payment Health equity
Policy Centers Health Policy Center