CMS Finalizes Mandatory Bundled Payment Model

Agency  takes positive steps, but issues remain

  On Nov. 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a plan to bundle payment and quality measures for several lower extremity joint replacement procedures. The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model was originally announced in July and would have required participation by nearly all hospitals in 75 geographic areas, beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

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