HHS rule delay does not slow launch of bundled-payment models
Feb17

HHS rule delay does not slow launch of bundled-payment models

The Trump administration’s move to delay the effective date for a rule that launched several new cardiac and orthopedic bundled-payment models under Medicare will not slow the launch of the initiatives, an HHS spokesman confirmed Thursday.

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Bundled Payments Don’t Drive Up Hip and Knee Replacement Volumes
Feb15

Bundled Payments Don’t Drive Up Hip and Knee Replacement Volumes

Variations exist in the volume of hip and knee replacement procedures among hospitals that participated in a Medicare bundled payment program, but the program was not was responsible for those variations, researchers say.

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Upcoming Event – Value-Based Care and Its Implications: Preparing for Bundled Payments and CJR
Feb15

Upcoming Event – Value-Based Care and Its Implications: Preparing for Bundled Payments and CJR

When: Tuesday, March 14, 2016 7:00-10:00pm @ AAOS Annual Meeting
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Indigo Room
1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $100 (includes dinner)

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CMS Bundled Payment Models Lead to Greater Patient Selectivity
Jan27

CMS Bundled Payment Models Lead to Greater Patient Selectivity

What are some of the biggest problems around bundled payment models and value-based care causing difficulties for physicians? According to Corporate Director at Willis-Knighton Health Systems Chris Mangin, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) leads providers to refuse joint replacement surgery for patients at higher risk of complications.

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How to Control Costs With CMS’s Knee Replacement Bundles
Jan25

How to Control Costs With CMS’s Knee Replacement Bundles

I am Charles Cornell, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. I want to talk about delivery of quality care in total knee replacement with respect to bundling and cost savings.

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Brown study: No way to predict readmission risk under CJR
Jan25

Brown study: No way to predict readmission risk under CJR

CMS launched the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model in April 2016 to compel hospitals to better coordinate care for joint replacement surgery patients in an effort to reduce readmissions and use of expensive post-acute services. The CJR model imposes penalties on hospitals for readmissions of lower extremity joint replacement patients within 90 days of surgery, but a new study from Brown University finds there is no adequate index for predicting readmission risk.

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