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Research Letter
July 23/30, 2019

Characteristics of Hospitals That Did and Did Not Join the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement–Advanced Program

Author Affiliations
  • 1Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
  • 2Associate Editor, JAMA, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2019;322(4):362-364. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7992

The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative1 and its 2018 successor, BPCI-Advanced (BPCI-A), which continues through 2023, are central to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) move toward value-based and alternative payment models.2 Under bundled payments, an accountable entity takes responsibility for the costs of an “episode” of care from hospitalization through 90 days after discharge.