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What's in a name? A classic branding mistake you don't want to make.

by Cynthia Tassopoulos September 11, 2015

Hospitals are increasingly creating new and innovative service offerings to expand their service portfolio and differentiate themselves from other providers. However, a hospital’s ability to effectively communicate the who, what, when, where, and why to its target audience is critical to the successful deployment and delivery of these services.

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Four lessons to help you prepare for mandatory bundled payment

By Sebastian Beckmann July 28, 2015

Bundled payment models have long held promise as a mechanism for achieving savings for joint replacements—but until now, participation in those models has been voluntary. Last week, we told you about the newly-proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program, which would make bundled payment for joint replacements mandatory for hospitals in 75 regions. Although the program is still a proposal, hospitals across the country should begin assessing their ability to improve the value of joint replacements and effectively coordinate care with other providers.

To help you prepare, this week we’re bringing you four lessons learned by the hospitals, health systems, and physician groups participating in Model 2 of CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI). Because the CCJR program is similar to BPCI’s Model 2, the experiences and strategies used by BPCI participants can help guide your preparations.

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The formula for outpatient joint replacement success

By Cynthia Tassopoulos June 4, 2015

Outpatient joint replacement has long been a point of interest as well as contention among orthopedic surgeons. While some physicians insist that joint replacements will remain firmly rooted in the inpatient hospital, others fervently support outpatient arthroplasty as a more efficient and convenient option for appropriate patients with potential clinical benefits too.

For supporters, outpatient joint replacement depends on a seamless practice with clear clinical processes throughout the perioperative period. Below, we’ll highlight a few of the key success factors championed by the top pioneers of outpatient joints to enable successful surgery in less than 24 hours. 

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Three orthopedics trends to watch in 2015

By Cynthia Tassopoulos May 7, 2015

A few weeks ago, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) concluded its annual 2015 conference, a meeting that brought together the top minds in orthopedics. Below, the Service Line Strategy Advisor team reviews the three key themes from this year’s conference to bring a little bit of AAOS back to you and your institution.

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It's all in the hips: FDA approves MAKO robot for total hip replacement

By Cynthia Tassopoulos April 27, 2015

At this year’s AAOS conference, news broke that Stryker received FDA clearance for new enhancements for the total hip arthroplasty application of its MAKO Rio surgical robot. Stryker, which acquired MAKO in December 2013, touts that the application improves upon manual acetabular cup placement by using a detailed pre-surgical planning process with the patient’s CT scan to improve implant alignment and placement.

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AAOS 2015: Preparing your orthopedic program for value-based care

By Cynthia Tassopoulos March 27, 2015

For the past two days, Service Line Strategy Advisor has navigated the rather crowded halls of this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Conference. Across the various meetings, one message rings loud: there is an increasing need to achieve and demonstrate value in orthopedics.

The transition from a fee-for-service model towards value-based care increasingly ties financial reimbursement to a physician’s performance. As a result, physicians are calling on their colleagues to play a greater role in value-based care by employing evidence-based practices and tracking quality outcomes.

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NASS 2014: The 3 things you need to know about spine care

by Emily Brown and Stephanie Spehar November 24, 2014

The North American Spine Society (NASS) wrapped up its 28th annual meeting in San Francisco last week. The Service Line Strategy Advisor team attended a wide variety of sessions on topics spanning online strategy for spine programs to the ongoing BMP debate.

However, there were a few consistent themes that came up in sessions throughout the week, highlighting the areas where spine programs should be focusing their attention in the coming years.

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NASS 2014: Multidisciplinary spine care is easier said than done

by Stephanie Spehar November 17, 2014

The spine community is increasingly recognizing the importance of a collaborative approach to care—improved efficiency, quality care, and patient satisfaction. In an interactive symposium on Friday, eight providers from across the back pain care episode—a chiropractor, physical therapist, physiatrist, psychologist, neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, complex spine neurosurgeon, and insurance company representative—came together to discuss interprofessional referrals and care coordination.

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