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Frank Opelka on how surgeons view bundled payment

Frank Opelka on how surgeons view bundled payment

Suzanne Delbanco chats with Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, Medical Director for Quality and Health Policy with the American College of Surgeons, to understand how surgeons across the United States view bundled or episode-based payment. Frank describes the questions and concerns surgeons hold about moving away from fee-for-service payments, as well as the benefits to bundled payments from a surgeon’s point of view. There’s evidence that bundled payments can improve care and efficiency, yet uptake continues to be in the single digits of total health care spending. What are the ingredients necessary to help bundled payments take off successfully?

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