May 19, 2020
On May 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a webinar covering changes made to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. This model tests whether bundled payments and quality measures can improve quality and reduce costs for an episode of care associated with hip and knee replacements. The webinar discusses the CJR Proposed Rule (CMS-5529-P), published on February 24, 2020, which proposes to extend the model for three performance years and make significant changes to model requirements and definitions. The webinar also highlights an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (CMS-1744-IFC) published on April 6, 2020—which extends Performance Year 5 of the model by 3 months, to March 31, 2021—and the 2021 IPPS FY 2021 Proposed Rule (CMS-1735-P), which would create two new MS-DRGs for hip replacement. The webinar and other CJR resources can be found on the CJR website.