Recently, our team attended the 2018 National ACO, Bundled Payments, and MACRA Summit in Washington D.C. Over the course of three days we heard from some of the industry’s top thought leaders from both the public and private sectors; to include members from the Office of Management & Budget, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Geisinger Health System, Leavitt Partners, and Anthem.

One of the hot topics of the week was CMS’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) – Advanced model.  Some of the major highlights from these discussions included:

  • Clinical, operational, and financial strategies for succeeding in BPCI Advanced
  • Strategies needed to integrate BPCI-A and ACO’s to deliver people-centered care
  • Case Study:  How to choose between Bundles or ACO participation
  • Lessons learned from BPCI Classic

The most significant takeaway from these discussions was that while BPCI Advanced may seem familiar to those that participated in the classic models, there are unique differences that organizations and providers need to consider before signing participation agreements, selecting EI’s, and submitting clinical episodes to CMS on August 1, 2018.

For additional insights into key changes and how you can help your organization prepare, see BPCI-Advanced: What to Consider Before Committing.