CMS delays effective date of certain CJR program changes to March 21

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday delayed, in accordance with a recent White House memorandum, the effective date of certain technical changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program from Feb. 18 to March 21. The delay applies to certain modifications made to the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, bundled payment

CMS webinar Feb. 9 on new Medicare bundled payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a Feb. 9 webinar on its new payment model to bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services beginning in July 2017. The final rule, issued last month, also will expand the existing Comprehensive Care for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

CMS finalizes bundled payment models for cardiac and hip fracture care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today finalized a new payment model that will bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services beginning in July 2017. The rule also will expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model to include... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bundled payment

AHA to CMS: Hospitals support goals of bundled payment, but concerned about pace

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The AHA agrees with the principles underlying the proposed cardiac bundled payment model, but the proposed rule raises serious concerns about the pace of payment reform, AHA told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in comments submitted today. “Hospitals strongly support CMS’s push for adoption... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

Study: BPCI hospitals lower Medicare payments for lower extremity joint replacement

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Average Medicare payments for a lower extremity joint replacement hospitalization and 90-day post-discharge period declined $1,166 more for hospitals participating in the first 21 months of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative than for comparison hospitals that did not participate,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, bundled payment

Study: Lack of risk adjustment in CJR program may penalize hospitals

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The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment program may unintentionally penalize hospitals because it lacks a mechanism, such as risk adjustment, to sufficiently account for patients’ medical complexity, according to a study reported this week in Health Affairs. Using Medicare claims for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, bundled payment

CMS webinar Aug. 31 on proposed bundled payment models

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation will host an Aug. 31 webinar on its proposal to bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services, and expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model to include other surgical treatments for hip and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

CMS proposes bundled payment models for cardiac and hip fracture care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services. The proposed rule also would expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint (CJR) Replacement model to include... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

CMS proposes bundled payment models for cardiac and hip fracture care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services. In addition, the proposed rule would expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model to include other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bundled payment

AHA calls for additional flexibility in physician quality payment program

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The AHA earlier this week called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its proposed definition of advanced alternative payment models (APM) for the physician quality payment program.

The AHA weighed in on the agency’s April 27 proposed rule implementing key provisions of the new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, clinical integration, care coordination, bundled payment

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