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Published: December 4, 2017

  • CMS scraps 2 mandatory bundled payment models CMS has canceled the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, which were scheduled to begin on Jan. 1. CMS has also scaled back the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR). As part of the final rule, CMS cut down the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in CJR from 67 to 34. In addition, participation will be voluntary for low-volume and rural hospitals in all 67 regions.
  • Back-pain relief through minimally invasive treatment Image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment is leaving most patients free from sciatica and other lower-back pains, according to a recent study presented at the Radiological Society of North America.
  • Once-monthly shot to treat opioid abuse The FDA has approved a once-a-month buprenorphine injection for adults facing opioid addiction. Called Sublocade, this buprenorphine formulation features an extended release, meant to block drug-liking effects for a full month in patients.
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