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AMA News Room

Jan. 31, 2013

AMA Applauds CMS Announcement of Bundled Care Initiative Participants

For immediate release:
Jan. 31, 2013

Statement attributable to:
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
President, American Medical Association

"The AMA applauds CMS’ announcement of the first participants in the new bundled payments for care improvement initiative. We are pleased the initiative provides flexibility and a range of models for the selected participants. The AMA was an early supporter of pilots for bundling Medicare payments. We believe this initiative, in conjunction with other new models for delivering care to Medicare patients, presents an opportunity to improve the quality of care and reduce costs.

"It is important that physicians in a variety of practice types have opportunities to participate in bundled payment program pilots. The AMA urges CMS to provide opportunities for additional practices, which may not have been ready to apply when the program was first announced, to participate. We encourage CMS to offer additional models as the four existing models all involve an inpatient hospital stay.

"The AMA will continue to work with Congress and the administration to eliminate the broken Medicare physician payment formula and move to implement new ways of delivering care that can improve value for patients."



Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations

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