The Move to Bundled Payments Will Be Paradigm-Changing

June 29, 2012

As with any legislation, there are both positive and negative aspects. Specific to oncology, one of the greatest impacts of the ACA will be the move to a bundled payment for a treatment of a disease.

Bruce Minsky, MD

It is difficult to comment on the full impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), since it is complex and how each provision will impact each component of health care is still not fully understood. As with any legislation, there are both positive and negative aspects.

Specific to oncology, one of the greatest impacts of the ACA will be the move to a bundled payment for a treatment of a disease. This will refocus the question in multidisciplinary tumor boards from “what is the ideal way to stage, treat, and manage the patient” to “what is the ideal way to stage, treat, and manage the patient within the reimbursement envelope for their disease.”  The ultimate impact of these 7 paradigm-changing words remains to be determined.

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