CHA News Article

CMS Further Delays Implementation of Cardiac EPMs, CJR Expansion
Implementation delayed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the attached final rule delaying until Jan. 1, 2018,  implementation of its new mandatory episode-based payment model (EPM) for cardiac care and expansion of the current Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model to include surgical hip/femur fracture treatment (SHFFT) excluding lower extremity joint replacement. Previously, CMS issued an interim final rule with comment period that delayed implementation until Oct. 1, 2017. In comments on the interim final rule, CHA urged CMS to further delay implementation of the cardiac EPM and CJR SHFFT episodes until Jan. 1, 2018, and is pleased CMS has responded to stakeholder concerns. CHA also offered a number of other policy issues to consider as the agency proceeds in testing EPMs. In the final rule, CMS notes that it will not respond to comments outside the scope of the delay, but may address these comments in future rulemaking. Additional resources on EPMs are available on CHA’s dedicated resource page.