CHA News Article

CMS to Host Webinars on its New Joint Replacement Model

As reported in CHA News last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that creates a new model in which acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will receive retrospective bundled payments for episodes of care for hip and knee replacements beginning Jan. 1, 2016. This week, the CMS Innovation Center will host two webinars for providers to discuss the new model: July 15 from 10 – 11 a.m. (PT) and July 16 from 11 a.m. – noon.

The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) model would hold participant hospitals financially accountable for the quality and cost of a 90-day episode of care and is intended to incentivize increased coordination of care among hospitals, physicians and post-acute care providers. Among the 75 geographic areas CMS has proposed for mandatory participation are three in California — Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (Orange County and Los Angeles County), Modesto (Stanislaus County), and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County and Marin County).

For more information, visit the CCJR model web page.