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CMS Trials Bundled Payments for Episodes of Care
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Medicare officials on Tuesday proposed yet another care payment structure, and this one has hospitals and physicians receiving bundled payments for specific episodes of patient illness that extend well after the patient leaves an acute care setting.

“Instead of paying for each care separately, CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) will provide one lump payment to providers for an episode of care,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said during a news briefing.