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Understanding the BPCI Advanced Targets

In February, CMS issued preliminary target specifications for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI) Advanced program.  The targets in CMS bundled payment programs have progressed from straightforward, provider-specific, historical performance-based targets in original BPCI, to regional historical targets stratified by patient diagnosis in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program, to case mix-adjusted, […]

How to Use Benchmarks in BPCI and CJR

The use of benchmark cost comparisons is common throughout healthcare. Benchmarks are used for comparisons of internal hospital costs across hospitals, for utilization rates in Accountable Care Organizations, and in many other places. The concept of the benchmark is that the hospitals whose costs or utilization are close to or below the benchmark will experience […]

Who Should Own Bundled Payment Episodes?

With the announcement of the next generation of Medicare bundled payment programs (“BPCI Advanced”) expected at any time, many different organizations are offering opinions about how this program will be structured and which types of providers should participate in which type of episodes. A frequent topic in this conversation is the “ownership” of the episodes; […]

Keeping Up with Changes in the CJR Regional Targets

Hospitals in the Medicare Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program appear to be facing an uphill battle as their targets transition from their own hospital episode baseline experience to targets based on the Medicare episode spend of all hospitals in their region. During the first two performance years of CJR, targets were primarily (66%) […]

Will CJR Quality Changes Cost You?

CMS’ new EPM final rule includes changes to the CJR program—changes that impact the composite quality score for CJR and demand attention now. While the changes will begin with the performance year 2 (PY2) reconciliation, performance year 1 (PY1) will be re-reconciled as well, affecting episodes from both years. There are a few points to […]

A Year into OCM: Four Essential Practice Redesign Activities

The first 12 months of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Oncology Care Model (OCM) have been a significant learning experience for participants. Practices have had to come to grips with how different OCM is from other bundled payment models like the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) or Bundled Payments for Care Improvement […]