How to develop a spine center of excellence
Oct15

How to develop a spine center of excellence

Developing a spine center of excellence in today’s turbulent health care environment is no easy task. The value-based care revolution has empowered patients, insurance companies and government agencies, all of which pressure care providers in different, and sometimes confounding, ways. The field of spine surgery has its own unique challenges, reported Becker’s Hospital Review. Due to rising rates of overutilization in the...

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14 Questions to Ask When Developing an Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Program
Oct12

14 Questions to Ask When Developing an Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Program

Outpatient total joint replacements are on the rise. Improvements in pain management are already driving a shift towards outpatient joint replacements; as surgical and anesthesia techniques become less invasive and more effective, we will see an exponential increase in total joint replacement (TJR) procedures being performed in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). We talked with Greg...

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Patient engagement in follow-up reduces hospital readmission
Oct12

Patient engagement in follow-up reduces hospital readmission

Incorporating patients into the care team and providing written instructions are key patient engagement strategies during follow-up care that will reduce hospital readmissions. An article from Patient Engagement HIT by Sara Heath on August 10, 2017 Incorporating patients into the care experience and offering explicit recovery instructions are important patient engagement strategies that can help healthcare organizations reduce...

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Developing an Outpatient TJR Program: Q&A
Oct01

Developing an Outpatient TJR Program: Q&A

In June 2017, the team at Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites performed Massachusetts’ first total joint replacement surgery in a free-standing ambulatory surgery center. Physician Assistant Gregory DeConciliis was key to the development of their successful outpatient total joint replacement program, so we spoke with him to get his take on some of the questions people have when they are considering the development of a similar program....

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Nurse navigators: Embracing multidisciplinary care
Sep15

Nurse navigators: Embracing multidisciplinary care

Nurse navigators are ubiquitous in today’s patient-centered healthcare industry. They are the driving force behind many instances of care, from life-saving cancer treatments to elective orthopedic surgeries. Unlike nurses of the traditional model, navigators take on a variety of responsibilities outside the clinical care arena. These men and women have multifaceted skill sets to match the multidisciplinary approach service lines...

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7 qualities every exceptional orthopedic surgeon will have
Sep01

7 qualities every exceptional orthopedic surgeon will have

Bringing a new surgeon on to your hospital’s orthopedic team is an incredibly important decision. Surgeons hold an immense amount of responsibility – operating on patients and helping to treat often complex musculoskeletal problems. In many cases they can even save lives. Given the consequential nature of the position, it’s imperative that your new surgeon is more than just qualified. They should be able to go above...

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