With health care reform in the news, bundled payments have been getting a lot of attention. Under this plan, payers would pay a lump sum per hospital admission that hospitals and physicians would share, in contrast to the current system based on separate billing for relative value units. Bundled payments offer possible advantages, but there are possible pitfalls, too.
With pulse oximetry, a strong, regular pulse is important to obtaining a good signal and accurate reading. Unfortunately, many critically ill patients do not have good pulses anywhere.