About Jason Lee

Jason has spent more than a decade partnering with healthcare providers, and his clients value his extensive expertise in the areas of strategic planning, hospital/physician alignment, and commercial contracting. Jason’s current practice focuses on managed care contract analysis and negotiation, development of hospital/physician financial relationships, and assessment of physician productivity. He has served as the interim System Director of Managed Care for a multi-billion-dollar health system, and he has led a range of hospital clients through contract assessments for commercial contract negotiations. In addition, he has worked with a number of clients to develop innovative care delivery and reimbursement models in the health reform era; most recently, his efforts in developing commercial bundles have helped many organizations achieve alignment with physicians and improve operational efficiency. Jason has assisted several hospitals with medical staff strategic planning and physician alignment agreements for recruitment and employment. His physician performance experience has encompassed physician practice productivity evaluations and compensation plan establishment. Clients have experienced physician productivity and clinical throughput improvement up to 25% in certain areas through these projects. Jason is a frequent speaker regionally and nationally and has written several published articles in areas such as value-based reimbursement and shared savings programs.

CMS Announces Final Rule for Joint Replacement Bundle Program

In a widely anticipated statement, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on November 16, 2015, the publication of a final rule that will require certain hospitals to participate in a bundled payment program for lower extremity joint replacements. The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program is designed to incentivize hospitals and contracted collaborators to actively share in reducing cost variation for joint replacements while improving quality and outcomes. These common orthopedic procedures can range in cost from $16,500 to $33,000, as noted by the announcement, and offer a significant opportunity for savings through reduced variation in utilization and more consistent care management. Continue reading

Bundled Payment Program Development – Selecting the Service

Amid healthcare’s continuing transition to value-based care delivery, many health systems are considering the possibility of developing bundled payment programs for single episodes of care. But making the decision to build these programs is only the first step. The second step is selecting the best service to bundle – and this is critical to ensuring success. In this article for Becker’s Hospital CFO, Jason Lee and Josh Neal offer a guide for choosing the right bundled service.

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Navigating the Uncertainty of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Program

The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program proposed by CMS in July 2015 is accelerating the pace of payment reform, and it’s ramping up pressure on hospitals to effectively manage patients and monitor costs for joint replacements.

In a prior blog post, we provided an overview of the proposed CCJR model. This post spells out the program structure and physician relationship parameters.

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