Redesigning the Total Joint Replacement Program Across the Continuum of Care: Part 1
Jun20

Redesigning the Total Joint Replacement Program Across the Continuum of Care: Part 1

One of the largest drivers of patient dissatisfaction with joint replacement is the uncertainty as to what to expect at all points along the care pathways. The staff at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida, learned this the hard way. For many years, orthopedic surgery was performed at the hospital, but it wasn’t a service line. As a result, the hospital was losing market share. Patients were happy with their surgeon, but...

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4 Steps to Achieving Managed Care Bundled Payment Arrangements
Jun12

4 Steps to Achieving Managed Care Bundled Payment Arrangements

Only 3% of hospitals have managed care or direct-to-employer bundled plans in place, according to the Third Annual Joint Replacement Benchmark report conducted by OrthoServiceLine in 2016. While government bundled payments have been trialed for nearly a decade, insurance companies and corporations are only recently entering this arena (with a few exceptions).  According to Bill Munley, Hospital Administrator, Shriners Hospitals for...

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6 Steps to Developing a Data-Driven Post-Acute Network: Part 2 of 2
Jun08

6 Steps to Developing a Data-Driven Post-Acute Network: Part 2 of 2

At the 2018 Musculoskeletal Leadership Summit, Zabkiewicz discussed the importance of developing a post-acute network in value-based care, sharing key insights on how to recognize top performing providers in your market, as well as how to influence providers with meaningful data points. In Part 2 of this series, we’re sharing the final three steps that were essential in developing a data-driven post-acute network for the OrthoIllinois...

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6 Steps to Developing a Data-Driven Post-Acute Network: Part 1 of 2
May25

6 Steps to Developing a Data-Driven Post-Acute Network: Part 1 of 2

What constitutes a high-performing facility in today’s data-driven culture of value-based care? According to Shawna Zabkiewicz, Director, Value-Based Care Management at OrthoIllinois, the data speaks for itself. This is why it’s critical that physicians and case managers alike understand how to utilize data to drive the development and accountability of a post-acute network. At the 2018 Musculoskeletal Leadership Summit, Zabkiewicz...

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How to Successfully Transition to Outpatient Surgery in a Hospital Setting
May07

How to Successfully Transition to Outpatient Surgery in a Hospital Setting

Outpatient joint surgery is here to stay. Improved anesthesia techniques and physician-owned ASCs, together with payor and patient demand, are all factors accelerating outpatient surgery. When done methodically, outpatient joint surgery is not only a safe option without any adverse risk to the patient, but it is also leading to increased patient satisfaction in many hospitals. At the 2018 Musculoskeletal Leadership Summit, Stephanie...

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Using Patient-Reported Outcomes for Quality Improvement
Apr24

Using Patient-Reported Outcomes for Quality Improvement

Researchers estimate that by 2030, the demand for hip and knee replacements will grow astronomically – by 174% for total hips and by a whopping 673% for total knees. We’ve already witnessed this curve happening, and the growth is capturing everyone’s attention – especially that of CMS. In turn, Medicare poses an essential question: how can we reduce costs across the country and equal the playing field for these procedures? One...

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