June 3, 2021

Around the nation: CMS will extend its hip and knee replacement model for 3 years

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    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation on Thursday announced a final rule that will extend the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment model for hip and knee replacements through Dec. 31, 2024, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Iowa, Maryland, and Rhode Island.

    • Iowa: UnityPoint Health-Sioux City has named Lorenzo Suter as regional president and CEO, as well as SVP of UnityPoint Health, effective July 19. Suter most recently served as COO of Baptist Medical Center in Texas and previously served as VP of operations at MacNeal Hospital in Illinois (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/27).
    • Maryland: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation on Thursday announced a final rule that will extend the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment model for hip and knee replacements through Dec. 31, 2024. The bundled payment model aims to give hospitals meeting spending and quality thresholds additional Medicare payments for hip and knee replacements in an effort to reduce costs and improve quality (King, Fierce Healthcare, 5/1).
    • Rhode Island: Gov. Daniel McKee (D) on Thursday signed into law a bill that changes the state's mandated nursing home staff-to-patient ratios to the highest in the United States. The law requires an average of at least 3.58 hours of direct nursing care per resident each day beginning Jan. 1, 2022, and raises that number to at least 3.81 hours on Jan. 1, 2023. The Rhode Island Health Care Association said the law is trying to legislate "the impossible," and critics of the law have warned it will lead to nursing home closures (Associated Press, 5/28).

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