These are historic times in Washington and among our country's healthcare providers and consumers. After a century of discussion and debate, reform has passed. Our future will be impacted personally and professionally for years to come. We are entering what is likely to be a decade of transformational change. 

A number of recently implemented federal policies are intended to reduce hospital readmissions. These include Medicare payment reforms that penalize hospitals for relatively high readmission rates, funding for care transition management services, programs that offer technical assistance to hospitals, and delivery system reforms and initiatives that help coordinate patient care across settings. Click here to read Premier's latest policy paper on hospital readmissions. 

The Affordable Care Act contains two provisions regarding the development of bundled payment programs: one, a national, voluntary bundled payment program in Medicare; the second, a Medicaid demonstration project. Click here to read Premier's latest policy paper on bundled payments. 

Healthcare reform implementation tracking charts

September, 2013 tracking charts

Regulations and Guidance

Summaries and side-by-side comparisons

Affordable Care Act Provisions

Legislative resources

Supreme Court ruling on ACA