October 27, 2017 | Modern Healthcare

Hospitals warm up to CMS bundled payments as agency cools off on them

Jon Fohrer was not at all happy last year that the CMS required all hospitals in the Indianapolis market to participate in its bundled-payment program for total hip and knee replacement procedures on Medicare patients. 

The five-year demonstration, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in 2016 to speed the shift to value-based payment, was controversial among hospital leaders and surgeons because it was mandatory for all hospitals in 67 markets across the country. Congressional Republicans, led by then-congressman and later HHS Secretary Tom Price, attacked the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program and called it government interference in medical practice.

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