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HHS rule delay does not slow launch of bundled-payment models

The Trump administration’s move to delay the effective date for a rule that launched several new cardiac and orthopedic bundled-payment models under Medicare will not slow the launch of the initiatives, an HHS spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Smokers at increased risk of septic reoperation after joint replacement surgery, study finds

For patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, smoking is associated with an increased risk of infectious (septic) complications requiring repeat surgery, reports a study in the February 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Bundled Payments Don’t Drive Up Hip and Knee Replacement Volumes

Variations exist in the volume of hip and knee replacement procedures among hospitals that participated in a Medicare bundled payment program, but the program was not was responsible for those variations, researchers say.

Upcoming Event – Value-Based Care and Its Implications: Preparing for Bundled Payments and CJR

When: Tuesday, March 14, 2016 7:00-10:00pm @ AAOS Annual Meeting
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Indigo Room
1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $100 (includes dinner)

Upcoming Event: Holy Cross Hospital Annual Orthopedic Symposium

A Professional Education Course provided by Holy Cross Hospital Office of Continuing Medical Education. This activity is targeted to orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. Physician assistants, residents, fellows and medical students may benefit from attending this activity.

The next frontier in quality care measurement: How patients feel

When patients visit Dr. Judy Baumhauer in hopes of getting rid of bunions—a painful, bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe—they often have just one question: Will surgery help?

CMS Bundled Payment Models Lead to Greater Patient Selectivity

What are some of the biggest problems around bundled payment models and value-based care causing difficulties for physicians? According to Corporate Director at Willis-Knighton Health Systems Chris Mangin, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) leads providers to refuse joint replacement surgery for patients at higher risk of complications.

Mount Sinai West: JCAHO Seal for Total Hips, Knees

Mount Sinai West is announcing that it has earned The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ [JCAHO] Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, making it one of the few hospitals in New York City and New York State to receive the prestigious certification for an orthopedic program.

Patients on multiple opiates prior to TKA, THA filled more opiate prescriptions after surgery

Recently published results showed more opiate prescriptions were filled postoperatively among patients who took multiple opiates or more potent opiates prior to total joint arthroplasty.

How to Control Costs With CMS’s Knee Replacement Bundles

I am Charles Cornell, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. I want to talk about delivery of quality care in total knee replacement with respect to bundling and cost savings.