California Hospitals, Physicians Take Part in Demo on Bundled Payments Through $2.9M AHRQ Grant

The Integrated Healthcare Association has been awarded a three-year, $2.9 million grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to demonstrate bundled payments for physicians, hospitals and other providers and to evaluate their effectiveness compared to current payment methods in California, according to an IHA news release.

The demonstration funded by AHRQ will build on existing small pilot funded by the California HealthCare Foundation in Los Angeles and Orange counties and expand the project statewide. It will eventually involve 20 teams of physicians, hospitals, surgery centers and other providers.

Participants include:
• Physician Organizations: Brown & Toland Medical Group, HealthCare Partners, Monarch HealthCare and St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare.
• Hospitals: Cedars-Sinai, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Huntington Hospital, Mission Hospital, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center, Tenet California and UCLA Medical Center.
• Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers.
• Health Plans: Aetna, Blue Shield of California, Cigna and HealthNet.

Learn more about Integrated Healthcare Association.

Read more about bundled payments:

- 8 Things to Know About Medicare's Bundled Payment Pilot

- 4 Considerations for Hospitals Before Entering Into A Bundled Pricing Contract

- 3 Best Practices for Bundled Pricing From CMS' ACE Demonstration Project Participants

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