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How to make bundled payments work? Start by engaging patients

January 10, 2019 / Susan Morse

Over the past two years of the mandatory comprehensive care for joint replacement payment model, Froedtert Health saved $1.5 million on the 615 patients who had the surgery, according to Mike Anderes, chief innovation and digital health officer for Froedtert and president of its affiliated Inception Health. Froedtert, which is associated with the Medical College of Wisconsin, was among the hospitals chosen by CMS to participate, and was ready when it was notified, even though the model asks providers to take on risk for a 90-day period, Anderes said. "We'd been working on reducing total cost and improving outcomes for years," he said. "We were excited to participate."