JULY 2016 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services doubled down on its commitment to alternative payment models this week with the announcement of a new bundled payment program for cardiac care.

The mandatory program, announced Monday, would make hospitals responsible for the cost and quality of all care for patients with heart attacks or bypass surgery. Similar to the agency’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, each episode of care would include services required within 90 days of hospital discharge.

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