Hospitals' orthopedic programs reap big savings from CMS' bundled payment initiative: 5 things to know

Practice Management

CMS released its second annual evaluation report for Models 2 through 4 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative in a blog post.

Here are five things to know:


1. For orthopedic surgery under Model 2, hospitals saved $864 per episode while also improving quality.


2. Participating hospitals' patients showed better improvements 90-days post-discharge in two mobility measures than beneficiaries treated at comparison hospitals.


3. Out of the 15 analyzed clinical episode groups, 11 groups indicated potential Medicare savings. CMS noted future evaluation reports will contain more data analyzing individual clinical episodes.


4. Hospitals did not indicate any savings for cardiovascular surgery episodes under Model 2. However, the evaluation showed "quality of care was preserved."


5. In its blog post, CMS stated it continues to work to tie 50 percent of traditional Medicare payments to alternative payment models by 2018.


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