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Baby boomers stay hip with joint replacements

The generation that swayed to rock ‘n’ roll and has seen some of the greatest advances in medical technology in human history isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Hip and knee replacements are on the rise and the Summit Orthopedics Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is at the forefront of the trend, both in the Twin Cities and across the nation.

Medicare Delays Expansion of Bundled Payments Program

CMS has put on hold the rollout of three new cardiac episodes of care and the addition of hip fractures to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled-payment program.

Free Webinar – Managing Total Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Models: Keys to Success

Speaker: Andrew Duncan, Executive Director for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at University of Florida Health
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Cost: Complimentary, sponsored by Wellbe

Study: Sexes Differ on What Matters Most After Hip Surgery

The differences between men and women extend to how they evaluate their care after total hip surgery, a new study finds, suggesting that tailoring post-op care according to gender might be worthwhile.

CMS delays expansion of bundled payment programs

The CMS has delayed the expansion of a major bundled payment pilot, Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement, and the implementation of its bundled payment initiatives for cardiac care from July 1 to Oct. 1, 2017, according to an interim final rule posted to the Federal Register. It also delayed, for a second time, the effective date of a final rule laying out the implementation of CJR and other bundled payment programs, from March 21 to May 20, 2017.

Home Beats Rehab for Knee, Hip Replacement Recovery

Patients who go straight home from the hospital following hip or knee replacement surgery recover as well as, or better than, those who first go to a rehabilitation center, new research indicates.

Surgeons wary of ortho bundles delay and deny procedures

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon kicks off Tuesday and in advance of it, a new analyst report shows that when it comes to bundled care, surgeons are being cautious to do joint replacement procedures.

Health Watch: Package Deals

The health care industry is in the midst of a major shift that’s unlikely to change even if federal law known as Obamacare is repealed. It’s transitioning from a system historically based on volume—the number of procedures performed and patients treated—to focusing on value.

As payers see success in bundled payments, critics say model needs fine-tuning

New Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has made no secret of the fact that he dislikes mandatory bundled payments. And in general, Republicans don’t like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation coming out with initiatives they haven’t approved or funded. However, that hasn’t stopped commercial insurers from lining up to offer bundled reimbursement programs.

How length of stay affects total joint replacement cost: 5 key notes

A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examined how the length of stay affected cost for total hip and knee replacement patients.