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Implementation of BPCI in private practice did not significantly lower costs for lumbar spine fusion

Implementation of BPCI in private practice did not significantly lower costs for lumbar spine fusion
October 26, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — Use of the CMS Bundled Payment for Care Improvement model in a private practice setting was not associated with significantly lower expenditures for lumbar spine fusion procedures, according to a presenter here.

“Overall, at our private practice, we were successful for [Bundled Payment for Care Improvement] BPCI,” Susan Odum, PhD, said during her presentation at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting. “We believe that using [diagnosis-related groups] DRGs for lumbar fusion bundles is not ideal due to the relatively high variability and low volume. Future lumbar spine bundles should be designed by [current procedural terminology] CPT rather than DRG, and we hope to see that difference come to fruition. For this reason, we discontinued BPCI early for all spine DRGs”

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