CMS Delays Due Dates For BPCI Advanced Participation, Will Allow Participants to Withdraw in March

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the deadline for submitting signed participation agreements and selecting clinical episodes for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model has been extended to Aug. 8. Additionally, CMS announced that the agency will allow BPCI Advanced participants to retroactively withdraw all or some episode initiators and clinical episodes from the model in March 2019.

Last month, the College joined the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American College of Surgeons, in the submission of a letter calling for CMS to offer two additional start date options for participation in the BPCI Advanced alternative payment model (APM) in 2019, noting that many applicants had yet to receive data from the agency on episode target prices and summary and raw claims data. Read more on

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