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CMS finalizes rule scaling back mandatory payment models


CMS finalized changes that canceled implementation of mandatory Episode Payment Models and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model, which were both scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2018. The rule also scaled back the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model by cutting the number of mandatory participating geographic areas in half (from 67 to 34) and making participation voluntary in the remaining 33 locations and for low-volume and rural hospitals.

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