Can bundled payment improve quality and efficiency of care for patients with hip fractures?

Research paper by Evgeniya E Antonova, Mark E ME Boye, Namrata N Sen, Amy K AK O'Sullivan, Russel R Burge

Indexed on: 10 Oct '14Published on: 10 Oct '14Published in: Journal of aging & social policy


The current Medicare reimbursement for hip fractures lacks accountability and promotes cost cutting. A bundled payment system-analogous to the Medicare Acute Care Episodes Demonstration for Orthopedic and Cardiovascular Surgery-may help curtail costs, foster communication among health care providers, and improve their accountability for patient outcomes. In hip fracture care, bundled payment may spur development of multidisciplinary best practice guidelines, quality assessment, and reporting, and result in benchmarking and best practices sharing. However, its implementation may face challenges: the need for quality assessment criteria and risk adjustment methods and possible risks of pushing costs outside of Medicare boundaries.