Background: There is an opportunity to explore alternate payment models in dermatology. Objective: To pilot 2 bundled payment models for actinic keratosis (AK) management. Methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted during September 2013-June 2016. Consecutive patients were recruited from clinics of 5 dermatologists. Patients had to be adults, have ≥1 year of care at the department, and have a history of AK. A bundled payment strategy was prospectively piloted for 1 year and compared with costs in the prior year. Results: Overall, 400 participants were enrolled, and complete data was collected for 254 participants. During the year of bundled payments, actual total annual spending on claims was $70,557, whereas model 1 and model 2 bundled payment models would have totaled $67,310 and $74,422, respectively, for the patient cohort. Patient satisfaction surveys showed no difference in the quality of care. Limitations: Single-center study and limited sample size. International Classification of Diseases 9 and 10 codes were used to identify claims and might be inaccurate. Costs were modeled rather than fully implemented. Conclusion: Dermatologists should be aware of bundled payment models. More work is needed to elucidate the optimal formulation of a bundled payment for AK management, including the services covered, time delimitation, and risk stratification factors.
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