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News: An introduction to the 'Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement' payment model

CDI Strategies, March 3, 2016

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by Shannon Newell, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer

Approximately 800 hospitals across the country that perform inpatient total hip and knee joint replacements will be required to participate in the latest value-based payment initiative launched by CMS, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, effective April 1.

A recent Healthcare Financial Management Association webinar on the CJR noted it as one of the biggest Medicare changes since the implementation of diagnosis-related groups (DRG). Not surprisingly, various parties continue to push for delays in implementation of the model. The CJR model holds participant hospitals financially accountable for the cost and quality of an episode of care and incentivizes increased coordination of care among hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers.

The assignment of ICD-10 codes on both inpatient and outpatient claims affects these outcomes by triggering which discharges are included in the program, the actual (or observed) complication rates for these patients, and equally important but often overlooked their risk-adjusted expected complication rates. If ever there was an opportunity for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs to step up to support theirorganizations with documentation that impacts both quality and financial outcomes, this is it.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in HIM Briefings.  

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