Medicine and new technologyThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued its Final Rule on Nov. 16 for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (“CJR”) model, which mandates that CMS pay providers a bundled payment per episode of care for a Medicare beneficiary undergoing a hip or knee replacement, also referred to as lower extremity joint replacement or LEJR. This marks the first mandated episode-based bundled payment by CMS; all other episode-based bundled payments programs (e.g., Bundled Payment for Care Improvement, or BPCI, initiatives) are voluntary with regard to provider participation. The CJR model will require hospitals in 67 markets to participate in the program initially. A list of the participant hospitals in the selected markets is available here.
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