The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a second question-and-answer session Feb. 15 on applying for and participating in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model, a new voluntary bundled payment model that will qualify as an advanced alternative payment model under Medicare’s Quality Payment Program for clinicians. Announced last month, the model will allow acute care hospitals and physician group practices to receive a single bundled payment for any of 32 types or episodes of care, including 29 inpatient and three outpatient episodes. Participants must bear financial risk, implement care redesign activities and use certified electronic health records, and payments are tied to quality performance. Applications are due March 12 and the performance period starts Oct. 1. To register for the Q&A session or download a transcript from the previous session, visit https://innovation.cms.gov/resources/bpci-advanced-qaodf.html.

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