Washington Connection, Aug. 16, 2017
Written by: MGMA Government Affairs

CMS plans to cancel mandatory payment models; scale back CJR

Yesterday, CMS issued a proposed rule that would cancel planned implementation of mandatory Episode Payment Models and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive payment model, which were both scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2018. The same rule would also scale back the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) by cutting the number of mandatory participating geographic areas in half (from 67 to 34) and making participation voluntary, rather than compulsory, in the remaining 33 locations and for low-volume and rural hospitals. In the accompanying press release, the administration reaffirmed its preference for voluntary over mandatory payment models. Public comments will be accepted by the agency until Oct. 16.



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