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ORTHOPEDIC REIMBURSEMENT IN A FREE MARKET: What’s your competitive advantage?

United offers employees cheaper hip, knee replacements if they travel to Chicago’s Rush

“Chicago-based United joins a group of large employers trying to be better buyers of health care. A lot of companies insure their own employees, rather than pay premiums to health insurers, so they have a big stake in keeping employees healthy and controlling spending on medical care and drugs.”  Click here for full article

With the wild variation in cost of Hip and Knee replacements, and the increasing volume of patients, it makes sense that traditional payers like the government and insurance companies are looking for more control over the prices. The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) was the government’s first mandate of bundled payments, and every insurance company has bundle options for providers to participate. The United deal with Rush is just one in a new trend of companies cutting out the “middle-man” insurance company, and going directly to the health system to negotiate their own bundles.

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Medicare Meets 2016 Goals… EARLY?

“In January 2015, HHS set big goals to move 30% of Medicare to value-based arrangements by the end of 2016. With 121 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) announced in January, along with higher provider participation than expected in other alternative payment programs, the agency says it has already achieved it.” See HEALTHCARE FINANCE full article here..

……A government plan is ahead of schedule???

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Spearheading your patient-reported outcomes program

Spearheading an outcomes program. Simplified.

So you want to start an outcome program…

In today’s healthcare market, creating a patient reported outcome program is quickly transitioning from convenient to necessary. The challenge, however, is actually implementing a data collection process–a long and laborious task. We speak to people all the time who have been working on building that process for years, yet still have a limited collection of useable data. Here’s the good news- there is a proven and reliable system to help make the entire process significantly less painful.

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Looking forward to AAOS 2016 | CODE Technology

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When most of us think of Orlando our mind probably jumps to Mickey Mouse or Disney World or maybe even the beach. This week however, more than 30,000 participants including Academy Fellows, members, international guests, allied health professionals, and exhibitors will converge on Orlando as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting will take place at the Orange County Convention Center from March 2-4. The AAOS conference is the premier platform for reconnecting with colleagues, learning about new techniques and treatments. It’s also where the leading minds in orthopaedics gather to discuss how and why to incorporate patient reported outcomes (PROs) into your practice as well as how to leverage this data to establish and improve the value of orthopaedic services. As we board the cross-country flight from San Francisco to Orlando, here are 3 things that I am looking forward to at this year’s conference.

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Patient Experience – Using Tiny Data to Make a BIG Difference!

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Patient Experience Questions

One of the earliest benefits of patient-reported outcome data collection is achieved through patient experience questions.

While functional outcome data builds large, overarching qualitative metrics, satisfaction data focuses more on the individual patient.

It gives practices the ability to listen and, more importantly, learn from their patients.

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Challenges Facing Joint Replacement Registries

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With the number of total joint replacement (TJRs) performed and associated costs growing annually, a new emphasis on improving the ‘‘value’’ of TJR has emerged. To achieve this goal, surgeons must continue to improve functional and pain-related outcomes after TJR, while reducing the numbers of postoperative complications and poor clinical results. Institutional and private practice registries have been developed to assist in this pursuit. These registries have collected a wide spectrum of data points from basic Level I to IV data.READ MORE

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Optimize Bundled Payment Programs with Outcomes

Beginning in 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have mandated the use of bundled payments for knee and hip replacements in 67 metropolitan areas at close to 800 Hospitals. This is referred to as Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) and is an extension of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative. This model is increasingly being deployed to motivate the delivery of better patient outcomes at lower costs (For more information on Bundled Payments read this overview). Previously, BPCI programs had been voluntary. Now that they are being mandated, hospital systems not previously participating, will have to adapt quickly.READ MORE

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Why Surgeons Need to Track Total Joint Complications

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Millions of total joint replacement surgeries are performed each year in the US. While the vast majority of patients experience tremendous outcomes, 2-5% have complications that require additional surgery. What we do not know is why- and that needs to change. The most direct way to find out the ‘why’ and improve surgical outcomes is through data. READ MORE

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