Episodic payments, lump sums which reimburse for health care delivered within a given time period and scope of treatment, are becoming increasingly prevalent across the health care industry. These payment structures encourage efficiency, and are a major departure from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement.
While many post-acute providers believe that episodic payments will ultimately be the future of post-acute reimbursement, few feel confident in their ability to succeed within such a payment structure. There are several steps post-acute organizations can take to better position for success under episodic payments.
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Three ways post-acute providers achieve success in episodic payment