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CMS cancels mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models

By: ERIN DIETSCHE

DataGen was recently featured in an article from MedCity News.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment programs, which were scheduled to begin on January 1, 2018.

The agency has also made changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, or CJR. As part of the final rule, CMS cut down the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in CJR from 67 to 34. And participation will be voluntary for low-volume and rural hospitals in all 67 regions.

In a statement, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency believes “that focusing on developing different bundled payment models and engaging more providers is the best way to drive health system change while minimizing burden and maintaining access to care.” She added that CMS expects to announce new voluntary payment bundles in the future.

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