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Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement

Effective April 1, 2016, JFK Health is required to participate in the Medicare Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model.

Mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), this model requires our hospitals to be accountable for the costs and quality of related care for hip or knee replacements and other major leg procedures. Accountability begins at the time of admission through 90 days after the patient leaves the hospital and is known as an “episode of care.”

Depending on our quality and cost performance during the episode, our hospitals will either earn a financial reward or be required to repay Medicare for a portion of the spending above an established target. As a result, patients can expect that we will actively work with physicians, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities and other providers to ensure they receive the coordinated care they need, while reducing complications and repeat hospital visits.

In addition, this regulation permits our hospitals to engage in financial sharing arrangements with other health care providers, who are called CJR Collaborators. This helps to further improve quality of care and reduce costs. JFK Health’s CJR Collaborators will include the orthopedic surgeons at our hospital. 

Detailed lists of our CJR Collaborators will be posted in the coming months.

For more information, please review the CJR consumer fact sheet or contact stmiller@jfkhealth.org