April 29, 2020
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the comment period deadline to June 23, 2020, for stakeholders to submit comments on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model Three-Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing proposed rule.
Originally released in February, the rule proposed several changes to the CJR model, including expanding the definition of an episode to include outpatient procedures of total knee or total hip replacements. However, likely due to the current pressures of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the agency has extended the deadline for comments.
The CJR model began in 2016. This model holds hospitals financially liable for the total cost of care for knee or hip joint replacement and encourages increased coordination among the hospital, physicians, and post-acute care providers. Additional information about the model can be found on the CJR model webpage.