By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier
Premier and its members are extremely disappointed with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to eliminate Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and the Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Incentive Payment Model without contemporaneously offering voluntary alternatives to replace them. Current bundled payment models are actively transforming care, driving improved patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. Approximately two-thirds of CJR participants in Premier’s Bundled Payment Collaborative improved care for their joint replacement patients by achieving excellent or good quality scores and also reduced Medicare costs. Yet, CMS is pulling the rug out from underneath providers without offering another avenue to participate and apply their significant investments to the benefit of patients.
We urge CMS to quickly release its promised new episode payment model for 2018 to ensure there is not a similar gap for Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) participants breaking their momentum in moving into a follow-on initiative. The new model is essential for advancing alternative payment models and qualifying eligible clinicians to earn the five percent bonus under the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP).
–By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier