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Payment Innovation Expert Deirdre Baggot Looks at the Benefits of Bundled Payment

Deirdre Baggot is a well-known payment innovation expert and healthcare business strategist who focuses on bundled payments. For that, she has received immense national recognition in the healthcare field, mainly due to her contribution to bundled payments. Aside from that, Baggot is a prolific author who has penned articles on payment transformation, healthcare reform, and bundled payments, particularly on her Slideshare account. Follow Deirdre Baggot on Instagram

In one of her articles, Baggot looks at how small innovations in healthcare delivery can generate substantial financial gains. According to her, new payment techniques like bundled payment allow CMS to shift away from conventional fee-for-service thanks to the passing of the Affordable Care Act. Also, by increasingly following CMS’ lead, commercial payers are displaying a keen interest in bundling payments, primarily to providers. This move is due to the need to cut expenses not only in the areas of avoidable readmissions but also post-acute care.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires new bundles that surpass elective surgical procedures to include avoidable readmissions, post-acute services, and medical conditions. It also expands the duration of care three days before inpatient admission to 30, 60 or 90 days after discharge. Baggot also said that the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) applicants seem to view high-end elective methods as a logical beginning point, as with the bundling tests conducted before.

About Deirdre Baggot

Deirdre Baggot prides herself on being the most esteemed voices in healthcare payment reform. Aside from her experience as a hospital executive and clinician, she is known for pioneering bundled payments. Deirdre Baggot led Exempla Healthcare’s CMS Acute Care Episode (ACE) bundled demonstration. In the course of her career, she has created and spearheaded consulting practices that are focused on payment innovation and bundled payments that generated over $5 million in yearly revenue, mainly for two healthcare advisory companies. Furthermore, Baggot has formulated and implemented payment models with Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial Payors and employers in more than 200 hospitals.



How Susan McGalla Rose To The Top Of The Corporate Ladder

Susan McGalla is an accomplished businesswoman who has led some of the most known retail brands in the nation. She has also served as a retail consultant and is presently with The Pittsburg Steelers, LLC as their Vice President of Strategy and Creative Development. She is an expert at marketing, branding, operational efficiencies, and corporate strategy.

In 1986, Susan McGalla started her professional career at Joseph Horne Company. During the eight years she was with this company she served in a variety of marketing and managerial roles. In 1994 she joined American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. where she stayed for 15 years. After a series of promotions, she ultimately was named President of the company and its Chief Merchandising Officer. She also worked for The Wet Seal, Inc. as its Chief Executive Officer for one and a half years.

Susan McGalla has spent four years of her career as in independent retail industry consultant. Her deep experience in marketing and managing made her a sought out advisor to those in the financial industry as well.

As a woman who has led companies, Susan McGalla has been sought out to speak at many conferences around the United States. Among her speaking engagements are the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburg. She has also been a part of the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs. She has said that women don’t want to be targeted as women but rather as professionals. Her upbringing helped her be comfortable working with both men and women as she grew up in a house with two brothers and parents who encouraged her to work hard. Her parents also encouraged her to confidently speak up about the good ideas she had regardless of who the audience was.