With the Trump administration in office, it comes as no surprise that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have delayed a number of bundled payment initiatives.
In an interim rule posted in the Federal Register, CMS delayed the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model as well as the implementation of cardiac bundled payment initiatives from July 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017. Additionally, the rule pushes back the effective date of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model from July 1 to October 1.
The interim rule does one other thing: For the second time, it delays the effective date of a final rule that outlines the implementation of CJR and other bundled payment initiatives. In February, the effective date was delayed from February 18 to March 21. Now the effective date has been pushed back from March 21 to May 20.
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