CMS Announces Delay in Effective Date for Medicare Programs Addressing Episode Payment Models (EPMs)

In the Friday May 19, 2017, 2017 Federal Register, The Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the final rule and decision regarding the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.

This rule now has an effective date of May 20, 2017, and confirms the delay in implementation of the Cardiac EPMs (including the addition of Surgical Hip/Femur Fracture Treatments – SHFFT), and CJR conforming regulation changes to January 1, 2018.

The link below provides access to the Federal Register document with details on this decision.

Aegis Therapies is reviewing this final rule publication and will continue to update our training, customer support and resources to ensure we are successfully addressing and implementing our care redesign approach.

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This information is not intended as legal advice, and is provided for informational purposes only. The information contained in this document was prepared by Aegis Therapies, not by CMS or its contractors, and although we believe it was accurate at the time it was written it may not cover all possible situations. For the most up to date information, please go to the official CMS website:

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