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ORTHOPEDICS: How to make service line successful

Orthopedic implant devices are expensive and one of the main drivers of orthopedic service line costs.  This article, by consultants with Corazon, addresses ways for hospital execs to work with surgeons to ensure a successful orthopedic service line.  I was fascinated to learn of the key role played by vendor case representatives in pre-surgical planning and in being present in the OR during surgery.  The authors discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having case reps present — and how this is a need for many hospitals due to trimmed-down OR staffing, among other reasons.  Another interesting section of this article provides tips for building bundled payments.  Comments on orthopedic patients — how they are usually in for elective procedures, are often self-referred, and are generally healthy — are intended to help build a comprehensive care model that will build volume.

Source: Lang, S., and Powers, K.  Strategies for achieving orthopedic service line success.  HFM. Healthcare Financial Management;67(12):96-100, 102, Dec. 2013.  Click here for access to the publisher’s website: http://www.hfma.org/Content.aspx?id=20567 Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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