Medicare’s mandatory bundled payments program for total joints appears to be on the way out.
Tom Price, MD, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has been a vocal opponent of mandatory bundles and other service delivery models, and a newly proposed rule posted on the Office of Management and Budget Website strongly suggests that HHS is looking to eliminate mandatory bundling for joint replacements and cardiac care. The programs, delayed twice since the Trump administration took over, are due to take effect in January.
The only public information available about the new proposal is its title: “Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model.”
As a Congressman from Georgia, Dr. Price claimed that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation had “exceeded its authority, failed to engage stakeholders and … upset the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches” with its proposed payment reforms.