MD Anderson, UnitedHealth devise bundled payments pilot for cancer care

December 15, 2014 8:30 PM

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MD Anderson, UnitedHealth devise bundled payments pilot for cancer care

A pilot program by University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare is underway that will seek a new payment model for head and neck cancers, marking one of the first bundled payment initiatives specifically focused on cancer.

The shift away from the fee-for-service model has largely been applied to primary care and other less intensives specialty areas of medicine, although Minneapolis-based United in 2010 similarly piloted bundled payments with some 800 breast, colon and lung cancer patients at five medical oncology cen...

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