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Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites becomes 1st freestanding ASC in Massachusetts with total joint replacements

Surgeons at Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites in Waltham, Mass., performed the first outpatient total joint replacement at a freestanding ASC in the state. Here are five things to know:

Improved hospital performance on CMS quality metrics positively correlated with TJR volume

Recently published results revealed a positive correlation between total joint replacement volumes and the overall hospital quality and the total joint replacement volumes and the value-based purchasing performance.

Free Webinar: The Next Generation of Spine Care; Place, Provider, Price

Speakers: Dr. Nikhil Thakur, Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Director- Spine Center at Orthopaedics Northeast
Robin Hynds, MSN, RN, CPHM, Vice President, Care Continuum, Lawrence General Hospital
Dawn Bollhardt, BS, RN, MSN, CNL Program Manager, Spine and Orthopedics, Lawrence General Hospital
Patrick Vega, M.S., and Djamel Bayliche, Vice Presidents with Corazon Inc. Consulting
Date/Time: Thurs, July 20, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Cost: Complimentary, sponsored by Wellbe and Corazon Inc.

Mississippi Valley Health CEO Michael Patterson on the most pressing issues facing ASCs today and in the future

Growth, value-based care and payer reimbursement are some of the most pressing issues Michael J. Patterson, president and CEO of Davenport, Iowa-based Mississippi Valley Health, believes the ASC industry is facing.

4 Questions spine surgeons hope patients ask before surgery

As a doctor, our goal is to help patients get back to a pre-injury state or to help manage a condition so that a person can live life to the fullest. But we can only do so much. Patients need to put the work in on their end as well if they want to experience the best results from medical treatment.

How to Understand the CJR Quality Score

Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model introduced a new measurement for joint replacement programs, the Composite Quality Score. How this score is calculated is a bit complicated, so here’s a breakdown of how it works:

5 key recommendations for payer reform in spine surgery

A new article published in Clinical Spine Surgery examines payer reform opportunities for spine surgery. The article, written by Jason Scalise, MD, and David Jacofsky, MD, focuses on bundled payments. Here are five key trends from the report:

Joint Care Center Earns Prestigious Certification

After Theresa Zane had a hip replacement last Tuesday, she was walking post-surgery and preparing to happily depart Beloit Memorial Hospital by Thursday afternoon. After suffering with pain for sixth months, especially while sitting, she was relieved to have a new hip. “I was up walking that day. I feel great,” Zane said.

Patient Engagement Critical to Bundled Payment Model Success

Under bundled payment models, healthcare providers take on the clinical and financial risk payers traditionally managed. But providers at OrthoCarolina found that patients also play a major role in improving care quality and decreasing healthcare costs under the value-based reimbursement arrangement.

Why GE, Boeing, Lowe’s, and Walmart Are Directly Buying Health Care for Employees

Bundled payments in health care have gained favor because they can reduce costs and help improve outcomes. In essence, episodic bundles cover the cost of a patient’s care from start to finish—all the procedures, devices, tests, drugs and services a patient will need for, say, a knee replacement or back surgery.