As part of their reporting on the new proposed rule released by CMS on Tuesday, McKnight's interviewed healthcare experts to learn their insights into the proposal. In an article titled "CMS proposes cancelling cardiac, orthopedic bundled payment models," Archway CEO Dave Terry tells McKnight's that some changes to the programs had been expected in light of Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's support of voluntary bundled payment programs instead than mandatory programs. Dave says:
“We thought [the models] would probably be switched from mandatory to voluntary … but we didn't think it would be eliminated, just because there is demand for these programs on the voluntary side.”
Some experts, including Dave, have said that there is a possibility that CMS may make the models voluntary rather than canceling them entirely:
CMS may also roll it into the upcoming BPCI Advanced initiative, which Terry believes will still “move full speed ahead.”
Read the full article from McKnight's here.