CJR localities halved; hip fracture episode payment model eliminated

CMS has finalized its plan to cancel four mandatory episode payment models for common cardiac and orthopedic conditions, according to a rule posted Nov. 30. The models had been due to begin in January.

Within the same rule, CMS also finalized its plan to dial back the comprehensive care of joint replacement (CJR) program that has been in effect since April 2016.

The change takes effect Jan. 1.

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