Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services Case Study

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As the industry continues to move away from some of the Medicare programs that were created during the Obama presidency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is also pulling away from specific value-based initiatives, such as mandatory bundled payments. The CMS officially canceled two of the models that were included in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative. Shutterstock image ID: 331572524 -------- alt tag: two bundled payment models are canceled ----------- caption: CMS recently canceled two bundled payment models set to begin the first of 2018, but there's currently still a future for bundled payments in healthcare. The final rule was released by CMS towards the end of November 2017, which…show more content…
Providers are Divided on the Issue of Bundled Payment Models Even though CMS is moving towards initiatives that are voluntary and not mandatory, the feeling among other healthcare experts lands on the other side of the fence. Those against voluntary programs say that mandatory programs are needed to make improvements in patient care. Among provider groups - the opinions are divided. Providers in support of voluntary programs believe that hospitals should be allowed to choose which programs are a good option for their organization. Providers that support the mandatory bundled payment initiatives, such as the American Hospital Association (AHA), favor this system over concerns that the programs would be cancelled. As stated by Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, in August of 2017: “We are concerned that a mandatory cancellation of the cardiac and (surgical hip and femur fracture treatment) programs may be disruptive to providers who have expended valuable resources to put these programs in place." However, recently the statements from the AHA makes it clear that they generally support the initiatives by CMS and look forward to the upcoming changes. As said by the AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels, "We are pleased that CMS has signaled that it will soon announce new voluntary payment bundles that will qualify as advanced alternative payment models. Doing so

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