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.


19th Annual Golf Outing

FirstChoice Cooperative

19th Annual Golf Outing – October 18, 2017

It’s that time again! Save the date! Get your reservations and payments in to save your place!

Where:      Eagles Bluff Country Club

When:       October 18, 2017 10:00 A.M. Shotgun Start

Benefiting: Pediatric Programs of ETMC

We try to make sure we get this packet to the correct person but if you are not the one who is likely to participate, please pass it on to the appropriate person within your organization.

From the Chairman

Our U.S. healthcare system is changing right before our eyes, even before reform takes effect. FirstChoice Cooperative (FCC) understands your supply issues, because we are a healthcare provider that strives to identify and ratify agreements that will save each and every member money. Our goal is to help our members prepare to weather the reform and come out stronger than before. We hope that you will pursue all opportunities identified by FCC to help reduce your overall costs. We are here to help you identify and implement supply cost savings with the least amount of resistance.

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes change to force us to make tough decisions concerning our supply costs. It may require us to change, and no one likes change. However, when the change reduces your facility’s supply costs and helps improve the bottom line, it can mean the difference in maintaining community healthcare services and jobs.

Please don’t wait to prepare for healthcare reform. Those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail. So, let’s all work together to be prepared and come out stronger than ever before.

FirstChoice Cooperative has more than 600 supply and equipment agreements in place that can provide you the savings needed to succeed in these tough times. Please give us a call, and let us demonstrate the cost-saving opportunities available to your facility through our cooperative.

We’re all in this together. Let’s help one another prepare and prosper!


Remember it pays to make the right choice with FirstChoice Cooperative!



Freddie Sanchez