CMS Finalizes Mandatory Joint Replacement Bundling Proposal and Makes Other Moves: Get Ready!

In what is lightning speed for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the July 9, 2015, proposal for mandatory bundling of joint replacement episodes was finalized on November 18, 2015, and will go into effect on April 1, 2016.

In recent weeks, CMS also finalized rules for value-based purchasing for physicians and set in motion a nine-state mandatory value-based payment demonstration for home health. Medicare is continuing to push transformative policies with respect to alternative payment models and value-based purchasing.

The implications of these and other changes, such as the growth in accountable care organizations (ACOs) and the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) program, are profound and will be felt very quickly in many markets. Here is an update to our previous white paper on bundling, concentrating on the things that health systems and post-acute providers need to know right now in order to succeed in the new risk-taking environment.

Read the complete White Paper.

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