“Skilled nursing facilities see opportunity as CMS finalizes cancellation of bundled pay models,” by Emily Mongan, McKnight’s LTC News
“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday finalized its previously announced cancellation of mandatory bundled payment models for hip fractures and cardiac care, as well as changes to its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model.
Giving the mandatory models the ax doesn’t mean the agency is shying away from bundled payment models entirely, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement. She noted that new voluntary initiatives and opportunities for provider engagement are on the horizon.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
This is a step in the right direction. Bundling payments takes individual patients’ needs out of focus. We debunked this Obama-era approach two years ago in “LTC Bullet: A New Revolution in Long-Term Care Financing . . . by Government” and “LTC Bullet: The Future of Long-Term Care Seen Through the Prism of History.”