The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to scale back its mandatory bundled payment programs. Under the Proposed Rule, CMS would cancel the episode payment models (EPMs) and cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model (CR), and it would also reduce the mandatory participation in the comprehensive care for joint replacement model (CJR). CMS stated that it believed the proposed changes are necessary because the continued mandatory participation in bundled payment models may impede CMS’s ability to engage providers in future, voluntary initiatives. CMS …
The OIG has released the 2017 Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations, summarizing prioritized recommendations relating to HHS programs and operations. Topping the list are recommendations relating to hospitals, including:
- Reimbursement rates for critical access hospital swing beds should be adjusted to the lower rates for similar services provided in skilled nursing facilities.
- Reimbursement rates for hospital outpatient department procedures should be adjusted to the lower rates for similar procedures conducted in ambulatory surgical centers.
- Medicare should adopt a hospital transfer payment policy to lower hospital reimbursement for beneficiaries who are