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Impact of bundled payments on hip fracture outcomes: a nationwide population-based study

29 Nov 2017

AbstractObjectiveEstablishing one price for all bundled services for a particular illness, which has become the key to healthcare reform efforts, is designed to encourage health professionals to coordinate their care for patients. Limited information is available, however, concerning whether bundled payments are associated with changes in patient outcomes. Nationwide longitudinal population-based data were used to examine the effect of bundled payments on hip fracture outcomes.DesignAn interrupted time series design with a comparison group.SettingGeneral acute care hospitals throughout Taiwan.ParticipantsA total of 178 586 hip fracture patients admitted over the period 2007–12 identified from the Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database.InterventionBundled payments for hip fractures were implemented in Taiwan in January 2010.Main Outcome MeasuresThe 30-day unplanned readmission and postdischarge mortality. Segmented generalized estimating equation regression models were used after adjustment for trends, patient, physician and hospital characteristics to assess the effect of bundled payments on 30-day outcomes for hip fracture compared with a reference condition.ResultsThe 30-day unplanned readmission rate for hip fracture showed a relative decreasing trend after the implementation of bundled payments compared with the trend before the implementation relative to that of the reference condition.ConclusionsThis finding might imply that the implementation of bundled payments encourages health professionals to coordinate their care, leading to reduced readmission for hip fracture.

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