On June 24 Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZMH) announced that Zimmer has completed the acquisition of Biomet in a cash and equity transaction currently valued at approximately $14.0 billion.  In connection with the combination, Zimmer has changed its corporate name to Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.  The complete press release can be seen onRead More

More payers are shifting a larger percentage of their payments to providers based on the value of the services provided.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set a goal of making 30% of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments tied to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care OrganizationsRead More

The internet has added a whole new dimension to outside factors affecting a patient’s choice of care providers.  This is apparent by the fact that 82% of patients 50+ now go to the internet for information on their care.  CMS, Healthgrades and a host of other sites have made patient experience scores widely available.  SocialRead More

Las Vegas, NV.  As part of the AAOS 2015 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, Joe Tomaro, PhD, General Manager of Accelero Health Partners, was one of four lecturers presenting, Evolving Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems:  Attempts to Visualize into the “Crystal Ball”.  The course was designed to educate orthopedic surgeons on the trends andRead More

Innovative surgeons have been performing short-stay hip and knee procedures for many years.   That being said, outpatient joint replacement surgery volumes are still small–with the lack of reimbursement coverage as only one reason.  Questions about surgical technique, assistive technologies, recovery protocols, and patient selection also remain. What is a surgeon to do? Should you waitRead More

The healthcare system in Spain is considered efficient.  However, like many other countries in Europe and elsewhere, the Spanish healthcare system confronts continued pressures to provide high-quality universal care in the face of ever increasing costs and competing uses for financial resources. These pressures have prompted the enactment of several reforms and greater focus onRead More

Now that 2014 is over and a new year is beginning, what changes to you anticipate for your hospital or practice and how are you preparing for it? Will 2015 be the year for outpatient total knee and hip surgeries to take off?  We all know that reimbursement is not going to change and everyoneRead More

This is a title of a new article that was published yesterday on the AAOS website.  It discusses the one of the topics discussed at the AAOS Board of Councilors (BOC)/Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) Fall Meeting symposium on “The Changing Landscape of Payment Strategies.”  In it, the discussion centered on the proposed legislation toRead More

PHILADELPHIA, October 21, 2014.  In early October, a delegation from Södersjukhuset, a large academic hospital in Stockholm, Sweden spent a week in the United States with the goal of improving their joint replacement perioperative efficiency.  The visiting delegation consisted of an orthopaedic surgeon, anesthesiologist, operating theatre director, operating theatre nurse and two nurse anesthetists.  TheRead More

By now, you probably have seen the headline, “Medicare Fines 2,610 Hospitals in Third Round of Readmission Penalties.” According to the story in Kaiser Health News, three-quarters of hospitals that are subject to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) will be penalized, with 535 losing 1% or more and 39 hospitals being penalized the maximumRead More

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