CJR Slashed Payments in First 8 Months of Implementation

September 27, 2018
Rick Gawenda

The Comparative Joint Replacement (CJR) program was implemented on April 1, 2016 and in the first year (which was only 8 months), the program saw average total payments decrease by 3.9% or $1,127 compared to hospitals not participating in the model according to a report prepared by The Lewin Group for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The study analyzed results from 731 CJR participant hospitals and 841 hospitals not in the experiment, which lasted from April 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016. However, in 2017, CMS scaled back the CJR program is now only mandatory in 34 geographic areas compared to 67 geographic areas when it first launched. CMS estimates that 465 hospitals are participating in the effort. That figure is down from 800 acute-care hospitals that were expected to participate in the program.

To read the report, click HERE.

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