What can you do while CMS decides how to handle the mandatory program? As the healthcare community continues its march away from fee-for-service models, bundled payment initiatives have risen in popularity—thanks in no small part to their ability to fuel cost savings and significantly improve care outcomes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule in March that delays implementation of the new bundled payment model for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services; expansion of the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundling model; and implementation of a new cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model, from July 1 to October 1, 2017. Prior to the interim rule, CMS’ push forward on bundled payments focused the industry on episodic efficiency. The delay has pushed these initiatives back three months and, as DataGen’s Vice President, Kelly Price recently explained, is causing confusion and worry among participants.