Integrated Healthcare Association awarded $2.9M from AHRQ

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The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has been awarded a three year, $2.9 million grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to demonstrate bundled episode payments for physicians, hospitals and other providers and evaluate their effectiveness compared to current payment methods in California.

Building on an existing small pilot funded by the California HealthCare Foundation in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the demonstration funded by AHRQ will expand the project statewide and will eventually involve 20 teams of physicians, hospitals, surgery centers and other providers, according to the IHA, based in Oakland.

The initial episodes of clinical care to be studied are total knee and hip replacement, cardiac catheterization with stents and knee arthroscopy with meniscectomy.