OrthoCarolina's Dr. Leo Spector on what makes a bundled payments initiative work

Anuja Vaidya -   Print  |

Leo Spector, MD, a spine surgeon at the OrthoCarolina Spine Center in Charlotte, N.C., discusses bundled payments programs.

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Question: Are you participating in bundled payments? If yes, what are some key lessons you have learned?

Dr. Leo Spector: OrthoCarolina participates in many types of value-based bundles, including prospective, retrospective and site-of-service bundles. We are participating in these programs with CMS and many commercial payers. The single most important lesson learned, regardless of type of bundle, is that to make the bundle successful all the entities involved, patient, provider, payer and facility, have to have aligned incentives that benefit all parties.

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