As mandated by the Trump Administration’s regulatory review policy, CMS is delaying the effective date of its January 3, 2017 final rule establishing mandatory Medicare episode payment models (EPM) for acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, and surgical hip/femur fracture treatment procedures furnished in designated geographic areas.  Specifically, CMS is extending the effective date of the rule from February 18, 2017 to March 21, 2017.  Importantly, however, CMS is not modifying the implementation date of major provisions that take effect July 1, 2017, including the actual start date of the new EPM program and various changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.