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Medicare keeps test of joint-replacement bundles mandatory
Modern Healthcare

The CMS on Monday finalized a rule that will require hospitals in 67 geographic areas, including Los Angeles and New York City, to participate in a test of bundled payments for hip and knee replacements.

The agency scaled back the initiative from its original plan which included 800 hospitals in 75 locations through the U.S. It also delayed the start date of the model to April 1, 2016. It was supposed to start at the beginning of next year.