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Physicians Offer a Bundle of Opinions

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 30, 2013

Of the bundles that have been established, nearly 85% have focused on procedure-based treatments. Only 25% of the respondents said their bundles involve chronic care conditions. As more physicians get used to the bundling approach, they can focus on more service lines, Spencer says.

The Booz report notes the importance of bundling attached to more care delivery approaches. "It is clear, however, that chronic conditions need to receive greater attention going forward," the survey states.

Interestingly, as it cheerleads for bundling, Booz has come up with a mixed bag of data, acknowledging that "larger provider organizations are leading the industry's shift and early results are encouraging." The firm adds: "Smaller entities see similar potential benefits but are cautious in the face of resistance, uncertainty, and complexity."

There's no question in his mind, Spencer says, that more providers will adapt to the bundling model. "It's just a question of when it will happen. The speed of adoption will occur as the comfort level grows with it."

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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