Orthopedic physicians show reduced episode costs with defined clinical care pathways

Posted by Signature Care Management Team on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in In The News

A recent study, "Physicians with Defined Clear Care Pathways have Better Discharge Disposition and Lower Cost", published in the Journal of Arthroplasty with John Tessier, and Signature Medical Group as co-authors, highlights the importance of defined post-acute care pathways for treatment of Medicare patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty. For physician groups implementing defined clinical care pathways compared to groups without defined pathways:

  • Episode costs were $3,189 less for elective hip arthroplasty
  • Elective knee arthroplasty episode costs were $2,466 less
  • Post-acute care utilization reductions were between 7 percent to 79 percent
  • Incident rate reductions ranged from 44 percent to 79 percent


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