Bundled-Payment Joint Replacement Programs Winning Over Surgeons

In a study published in February in JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Amol Navathe, an assistant professor of health policy and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, found that voluntary Medicare bundled-payment programs for joint replacements at Baptist Health System in San Antonio resulted in a 21% drop in average Medicare episode spending between 2008 and 2015. Readmissions, emergency department visits, and cases with prolonged lengths of stay all declined significantly.  The article in it’s entirety may be found here.

 

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