By RaeAnn Grossman
As we watch Tom Price lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Seema Verma take the reins of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we see a policy shift taking place. It now aligns with the Republican Medicare and Medicaid platforms. With Medicare, we see Price’s physician background and the Trump administration’s desire for deregulation drive the agenda. While Verma applies her Medicaid expertise in establishing state reforms to push forward conservative changes in Medicaid and promote the move to state-based innovations.
Further shifts have occurred around the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) initiatives. As one may have expected, CMS has delayed the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model and the cardiac bundled payment initiatives. CMS also delayed the effective date of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive. While some thought CMMI may be terminated at the beginning of the new administration, what is more realistic is that CMMI will become a different vehicle that positions reform, such as possibly making the mandatory bundled payment initiatives move to voluntary models.
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