Bundled payments show promise, but obstacles ahead

Bundling payments may hold promise for holding down future healthcare costs, but experts who spoke at a recent Politico Pro event on the topic say many obstacles lie ahead for its implementation. Cheryl Phillips, senior vice president of public advocacy for LeadingAge, noted that while bundling may work for patients undergoing hip surgery, it may not if they have other underlying illnesses. Darshak Sanghavi, managing director for the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brooking Institution, also noted that some providers may "hoard" bundled payments, also blunting their effectiveness. "We're in kindergarten with this. You may even argue we're in pre-school," Phillips said. Article