In a August 19th letter addressed to Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) outlined their support of the proposed mandatory Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. MedPAC, the nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides Congress with anaylsis and policy advice on Medicare programs concurred, “The Commission supports the planned program. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) was created to test exactly this kind of alternative payment model.” CJR is a pilot bundled payment program in 75 selected geographical regions where providers (participant acute care hospitals) performing hip and knee replacements are obligated to assume financial risk. In addition to their overall support of the CJR Model, MedPAC recommended some minor program adjustments for consideration. CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule prior to September 8, 2015.
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