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For One Tennessee Orthopedic Group, Patient Engagement Accelerates Performance Improvement

In 2010, when the first stage of the meaningful use (MU) program was announced under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), the core goals of the federal initiative were to improve how healthcare providers use electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient care, safety, and access.

Hospital for Special Surgery partners with Global Healthcare Alliance for bundled payments: 5 things to know

New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery partnered with Global Healthcare Alliance on value-based care contracts for musculoskeletal services. Here are five things to know:

Regional Anesthesia Offers Alternative to Opioids for TJR

Although anesthesiologists have been performing regional blocks with nerve stimulation for years, the introduction of ultrasound guidance has improved efficiency dramatically, leading to faster block placement and onset in skilled hands.

Humana Expands Orthopedic Bundled Payment Program to NC, VA

Humana will bring its value-based orthopedic bundled payment program to 11 orthopedic specialty groups in North Carolina and Virginia. The move follows a recent expansion into Kentucky and Indiana in 2017, and Ohio and Tennessee in 2016.

Enhanced recovery after surgery program at Kaiser Permanente improves surgical outcomes

A comprehensive Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program implemented in Kaiser Permanente’s 20 Northern California medical centers involved nearly 9,000 surgical patients and resulted in a one-third relative reduction in postoperative complication rates and a 21 percent reduction in opioid prescribing rates. A study of the program, published today in JAMA Surgery, also showed decreased hospital mortality among colorectal resection patients and increased rates of home discharge over discharge to skilled nursing facilities among hip fracture patients.

Spokane mom has knee replacement at 40, joining part of fastest-growing demographic for surgery

More than 600,000 U.S. residents have a total knee replacement each year. By 2030, those numbers are projected to shoot up past 3 million, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. People younger than 65 represent the fastest growing group of patients.

Unnecessary lumbar spine surgeries dwindle with multidisciplinary review —5 takeaways

Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center researchers presented a study on the impact of multidisciplinary review on lumbar spine surgeries at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, held from April 22 to April 26 in Los Angeles, according to Medscape.

Even Low Level of Physical Activity May Cut Fracture Risk

Short daily bouts of walking/bicycling and a few weekly exercise sessions are both associated with a lower rate of hip fracture and any fracture, according to a study published online April 29 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

What will come next in outpatient spine? 7 spine surgeon key thoughts

Seven spine surgeons discuss the latest trends in spine procedures performed in the outpatient setting.

Post-Acute Care Network Key to Value-Based Purchasing Success

Health systems should develop a post-acute care network and strategy to succeed in value-based purchasing models, a recent Deloitte survey indicated. The survey of 36 executives from health systems, payers, post-acute care organizations, and professional associations showed health system leaders are increasingly turning to post-acute care providers to improve cost and quality performance under alternative payment models.