The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that 1,299 entities have signed agreements to participate in the Administration’s new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced episode payment model, which runs from October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2023.  According to CMS, BPCI Advanced participants include 1,547 Medicare providers and suppliers (832 acute hospitals and 715 physician groups) in 49 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

BPCI Advanced will test whether bundled payments for 29 inpatient and 3 outpatient clinical episodes will lead to reduced Medicare expenditures while improving quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.  As previously reported, BPCI Advanced builds on the original BPCI initiative, with a number of key differences.  For instance, while both versions of the model seek to incentivize providers to furnish services more efficiently during an episode of care while maintaining quality, BPCI Advanced participants must assume downside financial risk from the outset of the model performance period.  BPCI Advanced also includes different clinical episodes than BPCI (including new outpatient episodes), and it qualifies as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model under the physician Quality Payment Program.

CMS has posted the names of the BPCI Advanced participants and an extensive collection of educational and background materials about the new model on its BPCI Advanced web page.