Neither MD Anderson nor United Healthcare will discuss how much the annual payments are. Some payments will be well north of $100,000, but not all, Dr. Feeley said.
United Healthcare agreed that it is too early to comment on results from the program; however, the organization appears optimistic. “While we won’t be extending this program to any other sites this year, United Healthcare does plan to develop episode payment pilot programs with other organizations this fall,” said Lee Newcomer, MD, MHA, the insurer’s senior vice president for oncology, genetics, and women’s health.
A Slow Evolution
MD Anderson is a natural choice to launch a pilot program on bundled payments, because it is “an integrated practice,” Dr. Feeley said. “Our medical practice is integrated with our hospital and with our clinic,” he said. “When we receive payments from United, we don’t have to parse out payments within our system.”