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April 2011 St@teside

New SCI Issue Brief: Global and Episodic Bundling: An Overview and Considerations for Medicaid

Many policymakers are taking a renewed look at Medicaid payment strategies to determine how to slow cost increases and encourage providers to deliver more efficient and effective care to the growing number of beneficiaries. Two payment strategies, while not new in concept, have been promoted of late: global bundling and episodic bundling. A new issue brief prepared for State Coverage Initiatives by Navigant Consulting describes global and episodic bundling and outlines considerations for state Medicaid agencies when evaluating potential implementation, including the relevance of these strategies for Medicaid agencies employing managed care strategies.