About Deirdre Baggot

Deirdre is one of the healthcare industry’s most respected voices on the subject of bundled payments. The leader of ECG’s Bundled Payments practice, she has been invited to testify before Congress on the efficacy of bundled payments, was appointed expert reviewer by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Bundled Payments for Care Initiative, and has served as the lead for the Acute Care Episode (ACE) Bundled Payment Demonstration. She is frequently asked to be a keynote speaker on the topic. Prior to joining ECG, Deirdre spent 6 years at The Camden Group as Senior Vice President and practice leader for bundled payments. Before that she spent 10 years in academic healthcare, first at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and later at the University of Michigan Health System, serving in key leadership roles. Deirdre has authored more than 20 papers on bundled payments, healthcare reform, and payment transformation and has been a featured expert on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Planet Money.

CMS’s Mandatory AMI Bundle Is Cause for Chest Pain

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new mandatory bundled payment program for cardiac care. The proposed 5-year demonstration would go into effect on July 1, 2017, in 98 to-be-identified markets. The model would make hospitals financially accountable for the cost and quality of care for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) during inpatient stays and for 90 days following discharge. Continue reading

CMMI Remains Bullish on Bundled Payments

On April 18, as anticipated, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced it would be extending one of the few healthcare programs that has actually saved the government money. The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative was originally scheduled to be a 3-year pilot ending in the fall of 2016. But now CMMI is offering current participants the opportunity to extend their participation in Models 2, 3, and 4 for an additional 2 years, through September 30, 2018. Continue reading

Newly Proposed Bill to Delay CJR Is Predictable and Pedestrian

While some of us were disappointed to see the sleepy bill that proposes to further delay the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment initiative, let’s be real: given how long it took us to rip off the Band-Aid with SGR, it was predictable. Continue reading