AAOS commends CMS for this important proposal and, after further analyzing all details in the rule, AAOS will be submitting comments by the October 16 due date.
"AAOS applauds Secretary Price, Administrator Seema Verma, and others at CMS for clearly hearing concerns of orthopaedic surgeons related to these mandatory payment models," stated AAOS president William J. Maloney, MD. "As we have said before, AAOS strongly supports the efforts of all stakeholders to develop payment models that incentivize care coordination and address rising health care costs. Additionally, appropriate alternative payment models are a necessary component of the current Quality Payment Program. However, imposing mandatory models on surgeons and facilities that lack the familiarity, experience, or infrastructure required has serious unintended consequences. Reducing the geographic area for CJR while still leaving a voluntary option significantly remedies this issue. We thank CMS for their work on this proposed rule and will be commenting officially with a more detailed response."
“Changing the scope of these models allows CMS to test and evaluate improvements in care processes that will improve quality, reduce costs, and ease burdens on hospitals,” said CMS administrator Seema Verma. “Stakeholders have asked for more input on the design of these models. These changes make this possible and give CMS maximum flexibility to test other episode-based models that will bring about innovation and provide better care for Medicare beneficiaries.”
For more information on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, please visit: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/cjr.