Medicare Finalizes Two New Specialty Care Payment Models

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized two new mandatory Medicare payment models.  The Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) creates a bundled payment system that is the same for all providers of radiotherapy treatment, regardless of whether care occurs in an outpatient department or in a physician’s office. The End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model), part of the Federal Advancing Kidney Health Initiative, adjusts payments to ESRD facilities based on the availability of home dialysis programs and the reduction of kidney transplant wait times.  Each model begins January 1, 2021.  Read more here.