Christine LaRocca, MD, medical director for Telligen, is co-author on a research article published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The article, “Bundled Payment Episodes Initiated by Physician Group Practices: Medicare Beneficiary Perceptions of Care Quality” details research led by Abt Associates, in partnership with the Lewin Group, and builds on previous research that found practices participating in CMS’ Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative were, in fact, able to reduce the cost of care. This article presents reassuring evidence that reducing costs did not jeopardize patient care experiences or post-hospital recovery.

Telligen is a subcontractor to the Lewin Group for the evaluations of CMMI’s BPCI Initiative, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model, and BPCI-Advanced. Christine is a clinical subject matter expert for all three models.

Christine is a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatrician. She received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. At Telligen, she provides clinical oversight and subject matter expertise for local and national contracts and subcontracts, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) 12th Statement of Work, the CMS Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) program, and the evaluations of the BPCI Initiative, the CJR Model, and the BPCI Advanced Model. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she is serving on Colorado’s Residential Care Strike Team, the goal of which is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in all high-density environments serving older adults and people with disabilities.

The Journal of General Internal Medicine is the official journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine. It promotes improved patient care, research, and education in primary care, general internal medicine, and hospital medicine. Its articles focus on topics such as clinical medicine, epidemiology, prevention, health care delivery, curriculum development, and numerous other non-traditional themes, in addition to classic clinical research on problems in internal medicine.

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