Orthopedic Reimbursement: What’s Your Competitive Advantage?

Orthopedic Reimbursement: What’s Your Competitive Advantage?

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

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Medicare Meets 2016 Goals… EARLY?

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…

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Feasibility Study of Collecting Orthopedic Patient-Reported Outcome Data in Clinic

Feasibility Study of Collecting Orthopedic Patient-Reported Outcome Data in Clinic

We are pleased to see the release of the study validating the feasibility of collecting patient-reported outcome data…

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Aligning Patient & Surgeon Expectations for Lumbar Spine to Improve Outcomes

Aligning Patient & Surgeon Expectations for Lumbar Spine to Improve Outcomes

  This study “Concordance between Patients’ and Surgeons’ Expectations of Lumbar Spine Surgery” found…

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The Two Faces of Surgeon Scorecard: Part II

The Two Faces of Surgeon Scorecard: Part II

Earlier, in Part I was discussed the the shortcomings of the current surgeon scorecards available to patients. Even…

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The Two Faces of Surgeon Scorecard: Part I

The Two Faces of Surgeon Scorecard: Part I

ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard is out there and available for patients to review before choosing a surgeon or…

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Hospital System Leads Data-Driven Effort Providing Better Care for Lower Cost

Hospital System Leads Data-Driven Effort Providing Better Care for Lower Cost

Geisinger Health System has become the national poster child for providing better care at lower costs. The backbone…

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Investigators Awarded $144M in Grants to Develop Pediatric PRO Tools

Investigators Awarded $144M in Grants to Develop Pediatric PRO Tools

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded the Validation of Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes in Chronic…

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Bundled Payments in Spine? How Providers can Prepare.

Bundled Payments in Spine? How Providers can Prepare.

Hospitals have successfully implemented bundled payments for hip and knee replacements, and they are now looking to…

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How PROs are Helping Organizations Adapt to Patients as Payers

How PROs are Helping Organizations Adapt to Patients as Payers

Traditionally, healthcare did not consider the patient perspective because of a payment system that required…

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5 Ways Patient-Reported Outcomes Improve Your Organization

5 Ways Patient-Reported Outcomes Improve Your Organization

As healthcare shifts from quantity to quality, providers continue to look for more ways to evaluate value….

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What’s Your Score, Star Rating, Wait time? 5 Ways Patients Are Finding Out

What’s Your Score, Star Rating, Wait time? 5 Ways Patients Are Finding Out

We already discussed the constantly increasing importance of the Internet marketing for surgical practices in 5…

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5 Trends Putting the Squeeze on Surgical Practices

5 Trends Putting the Squeeze on Surgical Practices

Many practices are very busy switching over to ICD-10 or completing various other Healthcare regulations/procedures…

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Spine Surgeon’s Have Mixed Feelings About ProPublic’s Surgeon Scorecard

Spine Surgeon’s Have Mixed Feelings About ProPublic’s Surgeon Scorecard

ProPublic released the ‘Surgeon Scorecard’ database as part of their ongoing ‘dollars to doctors’ feature to…

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CMS Proposes Bundled Payments for Joint Replacements

CMS Proposes Bundled Payments for Joint Replacements

Medicare spent more than $7 billion for hospitalizations alone last year on primary total hip and knee replacements….

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Adequate Pre-Op Education Proves to Substantially Improve Surgical Outcomes

Adequate Pre-Op Education Proves to Substantially Improve Surgical Outcomes

A gallup poll asked patients to rate their level of agreement with 3 statements related to important aspects of…

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