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AMA Responds to CMS’ Bundled Payment Initiative

For immediate release:
Aug. 24, 2011

Statement attributable to:
Cecil B. Wilson, MD
Immediate Past-President, American Medical Association

"The American Medical Association (AMA) appreciates CMS' responsiveness to our interest in bundled payments.  We are pleased the initiative provides flexibility and a range of models.  This may be an important opportunity to learn how to organize these approaches to improve patient care, quality, cost of care, and practice economics.

"We look forward to reviewing the details of the application criteria, and we urge CMS to encourage applications for physician-led bundling initiatives.  We urge CMS to be prepared to provide technical assistance and data to interested physicians who may not have experience with bundled payment models."

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Media contact:
Shannon O’Brien
American Medical Association
312-464-4443
Shannon.obrien@ama-assn.org

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