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California hospitals to begin bundled-payment demo
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Seeking to find the nexus between improving patient outcomes and reducing costs, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that the Department of Health and Human Services establish Medicaid bundled-payment demonstration projects for episodes of care that include hospitalizations in 2012. The act also calls for the establishment of a national Medicare bundled-payment pilot program in 2013 for acute inpatient hospital services, physician services, outpatient hospital services, and post-acute care services for an episode of care that includes three days prehospitalization and 30 days posthospitalization.