Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CMS Reopens Bundled Payment Models

On Thursday, February 13, CMS announced another opportunity for providers to apply to participate in three of their four bundled payment models. CMS is opening Models 2, 3, and 4 to new applicants. Many post-acute providers are already engaged in Model 2 (includes acute and post-acute care bundled together) and Model 3 (post-acute bundle only). Last month CMS announced that 232 provider organizations had entered the risk-bearing phase of the demonstration; some of those are skilled nursing facilities and AHCA members. The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Demonstration has been working to move applicants into the risk-bearing phase since their first open period for applications in 2011. CMS has delayed implementation of the demonstration, which was originally scheduled to begin last July, several times due to complexities associated with readying providers to take on risk.

Providers have until April 18th to complete and submit all of the intake application forms which can be found here. AHCA members can visit our Bundled Payment Initiatives website with materials that were developed during the first open period. Providers are also invited to contact AHCA’s point of contact on bundling, James Michel, with any questions.

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