On October 9, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 1,299 entities signed agreements to participate in the new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced Model (BPCI Advanced), the new Medicare value-based bundled payment model. The model participants include 832 acute care hospitals and 715 individual physician group practices, for a total of 1,547 Medicare provider organizations and suppliers, located in 49 states plus the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The participating entities will receive bundled payments for certain episodes of care as an alternative to FFS payments that reward only the . . .