Many orthopedic surgeons and ambulatory surgery center operators are delighted with the CMS’ mid-July announcement that it’s considering paying for total knee and hip replacement procedures in outpatient settings. But lots of hospital leaders are not.
With the looming financial threat from the migration of lucrative hip and knee replacement procedures to outpatient settings, some hospitals and health systems have acquired ambulatory surgery centers or formed joint ventures with surgeons in these centers.
More than two-thirds of patients reported unused prescription opioids following surgery, and safe storage and disposal rarely occurred, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery that strongly suggests that overprescribing after surgery is fueling the nation’s opioid addiction and abuse crises.
For more than 150 years, the mission of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City has been to provide high-quality, efficient care for orthopedic and rheumatology patients. The hospital performs more than 30,000 surgical procedures a year, including more than 10,000 joint replacements. At the helm of the organization since 2006 is Lou Shapiro, a veteran healthcare executive who previously served as chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. Shapiro stopped by Modern Healthcare’s Chicago offices to speak with reporter Maria Castellucci about HSS’ unique care-delivery approach, its efforts to expand and how to achieve value in healthcare.
The American Joint Replacement Registry announced it has published the 2016 Report to the Public About Hip and Knee Replacements, which is a patient summary of clinical data found in its annual report.
A new study published in The Spine Journal examines emergency department visits among lumbar spine surgery patients. The study specifically targets how the ED visits associate with Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys. The study covers patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery between 2013 and 2015, excluding patients with spinal malignancy or scoliosis.