The Chartis Group has released a whitepaper, “Orthopedic Care Delivery Transformation: Is Your Health System Prepared?” that provides health system leaders with a framework for retooling historic strategies for orthopedic services in light of the shift of total joint replacements to the outpatient setting.

“To successfully position their orthopedic practices, health systems must adopt innovative care models, reduce clinical variation, create aligned physician relationships and anticipate the further move of cases to the outpatient and ASC settings,” notes Sue Anderson, Chartis Principal and co-author of the paper, in a media release.

The projected share of total joint replacements moving to outpatient settings is significant:

  • Outpatient knee replacements will increase from 40% to 60%;
  • Outpatient hip replacements will increase from 40% to 60%; and
  • Outpatient shoulder replacements will increase from 50% to 70%.

The paper provides a five-step framework for health system executives to plan for this transformation in orthopedic care. The framework provides direction for rethinking the care delivery model, cost structure of services, and models for working with payors and employers, the release continues.

Emma Bijesse, a Chartis Engagement Manager and co-author of the paper states, “To thrive in this changing orthopedics landscape, health systems need to move swiftly and proactively to create new care delivery models that focus on creating options for ambulatory surgeries, offer quality care, and appeal to payors and consumers.”

[Source(s): The Chartis Group, PR Newswire]