Payment innovation expert Deirdre Baggot advocates payment bundling.

Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Southern Illinois University, an MBA from Quinlan Business School and a PhD from the University of Colorado, Deirdre Baggot has become a well respected voice in the area of new payment solutions in healthcare. With a focus on payment bundling and extensive experience as an hospital executive, she was one of the pioneers of the CMS Acute Care Episode (ACE) bundled payment demonstration at Exempla Healthcare. Baggot has led consulting practices focused on bundled payments that generated more than $5 million in annual revenue for two healthcare firms and has also designed and implemented payment bundling with Employers, Commercial Payors, Medicaid and Medicare in over 200 hospitals. Find out more about Baggot at Beckers Hospital Review

Deirdre Baggot is very optimistic about the future of bundled payments and expects many more hospitals and doctors to commence participation in the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Program. Bundled payments have fast been gaining ground in fields such as Orthopedics where bundled payment models are on a rise with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services launching the bundled payment for care improvement in October 2018. This is an important development because orthopedics is one of the most lucrative departments in hospitals. The bundled model has also found its way into ambulatory surgery centres and 30% of respondents in an ASC survey chose it at one of the top 3 reimbursement trends.

Deirdre Baggot emphasized the major benefit of bundled payment as the lowered healthcare cost and cites a study conducted by the Baptist health system, a participant in the Medicare bundled programs which showed a significant 20% cost decline for lower joint replacement surgery without complications. Another notable example was the NYU Langone Medical Centre which reported a $3017 reduced cost per joint arthroplasty. Dr Baggot also notes that bundling reduces overtesting and overtreating and helps organizations achieve their goals.

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“Dr Jennifer Walden – Making Lives Beautiful”

Dr. Jennifer Walden is a highly skilled plastic surgeon, located in the Austin area, the place she was born.The medical profession was always a part of her life, as her dad was a dental practitioner and mom was a nurse.After graduating from Anderson High School, she attended the University of Texas and received a degree in biology.Later on, she would later apply to the medical department of the university and graduated as one of the top students of the class.After leaving Texas, Jennifer headed to New York, on an advance grant in the field of cosmetic surgery. For more than seven years, she worked at the Manhattan’s Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, as well as the Upper East Side of the city.

During this time, she became involved in rigorous clinical tests that resulted in the reintroduction of silicone breast implants. This would not be the last time Dr. Walden would use her training in the study of aesthetic.After moving back to Austin Texas, she engineered various technologies, such as *Vectra, is a 3-D imaging application, in which a patient can see the outcome of their particular treatment beforehand.*ThermiVa, is a cutting-edge device that uses temperature control as well as radio frequency to tighten and restore the vaginal muscles.

Dr. Walden has also created instruments for assisting physicians when they must operate on a patients’ breast.She has been a pioneer within the male dominated arena of plastic surgery. She continues her prominence by being featured in popular magazines, on the radio and television.Some of the accolades she has received, include being recognized as one of the 24 best beauty surgeons by Harper’s Bazaar in 2014, is a sitting member of several Board of Directors, plastic surgery organizations as well as an author and consultant.Overall, Dr. Jennifer Walden is thrilled to be a catalyst in contributing to her patients being able to face the world with renewed confidence.