By Ilene Macdonald @ Fierce Healthcare 

A new interim rule released Monday delays the expansion and implementation of major bundled payment initiatives and calls into question whether the new White House administration is committed to the programs.

In the interim rule (PDF), posted to Monday’s Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

  • Delays the implementation of the mandatory cardiac bundle program and cardiac rehabilitation program from July 1 to Oct. 1.
  • Postpones the expansion of the mandatory joint replacement bundle program to include other treatments for hip and femur fractures in addition to hip replacement from July 1 to Oct 1.
  • Further delays the effective date of a final rule to implement the joint replacement bundle initiative, the cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model and the initiative to advance care coordination through episode payment models from March 21 to May 20.
  • Seeks comment on a potential further delay of the programs to Jan. 1, 2018.

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