By Jeff Overley (March 20, 2017, 9:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday hit the brakes on several quality improvement initiatives in Medicare, a gift to health care providers and the latest in a string of industry-friendly moves by HHS under the Trump administration.
Monday's move delays the debut of new and expanded payment models affecting reimbursement for cardiac care and broken hips. The large-scale pilot projects, finalized in the last days of the Obama administration, were pushed back three months to October and may eventually be postponed to January.
Regulators provided no explanation for the action, writing only that they will study "if...
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